First Line Friday – 20 October 2017 – The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Carolyn Miller)


Welcome to another week of First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Can you believe October is half over? The end of the year is going to be here before you know it!

This week I have the first line from an historical by fellow Australian Carolyn Miller! It’s the third book in her Regency Brides series and releases next Tuesday, 24 October. If you’ve read the first two books in the series, you’ll know a little bit of her background, and to be honest, she hasn’t been the most likable character so far, so I’m looking forward to getting to know her story and changing my mind about her!

~ About the Book ~

Will a damaged reputation and desire for society’s approval thwart the legacy of grace?

Tainted by scandal and forced to leave London for the quieter Brighton countryside, the Honorable Miss Clara DeLancey is a shadow of her former society self. She’s lost the man she loved to another and, in a culture that has no patience for self-pity, is struggling with depression. A chance encounter brings her a healing friendship with the sisters of an injured naval captain. But Clara’s society mama is appalled at the new company she’s keeping.

Captain Benjamin Kemsley is not looking for a wife. But his gallant spirit won’t let him ignore the penniless viscount’s daughter–not when she so obviously needs assistance to keep moving forward from day to day. Can he protect his heart and still keep her safe?

When they’re pushed into the highest echelons of society at the Prince Regent’s Brighton Pavilion, this mismatched couple must decide if family honor is more important than their hopes. Can they right the wrongs of the past and find future happiness together–without finances, family support, or royal favor?

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~ First Line ~

The Honorable Clara DeLancey stood atop the chalky cliffs.

For some reason that just sounds lonely and exposed to me. What do you think?

I’d love it if you’d share the first line of whatever you’re currently reading in the comments. And don’t forget, you can find out what other bloggers are sharing for First Line Friday by going over to Hoarding Books blog and finding all the links. If you’ve got your own blog, why not join in and add your link over there. 🙂

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29 Responses to First Line Friday – 20 October 2017 – The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey (Carolyn Miller)

  1. Phyllis says:

    I’m reading The Trouble with Falling by Rochelle Morgan. The first line is:

    The guy on the other side of the craft supplies store is watching me.

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  2. Happy Friday!

    My FLF is from Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

    Madison McKinley scanned the crowded town hall, wondering how many of her friends and neighbors she’d have to fight to get what she came for.

    Have a great weekend!

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  3. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Love Unawares, a historical fiction book by Michelynn Christy:

    Prairie, Texas 1895
    “Well, Jed. Are you ready to meet your new wife tomorrow?”

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beth Erin says:

    Oh boy! I’m planning a binge read for the whole series this week! 😍

    Here’s the first line from my next read:
    “Fowltown Village, Georgia
    Big Chestnut Moon (October) 1817
    Captain Marcus Buck dropped to one knee beside an Indian’s crumpled form and swept a hand down her face, lowering her lids over sightless eyes.”
    Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More by April W. Gardner

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  5. Becky says:

    I need to read this series so bad!
    I’m sharing about Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews on the blog today, but here I’m going to share the first line from The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon.

    Hannah Pratt stared out across the grainy hills as the wind blew a gentle kiss over the crest.

    Chapter 1
    This was not how I’d thought I would die.

    Happy Friday!

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  6. carylkane says:

    This series is on my MUST read list! HAPPY FRIDAY!

    Rebecca Hawes lay awake in her tent, convinced that the howling wind was about to lift her entire camp into the air and hurl it to the far side of the desert. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

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  7. bellesmoma16 says:

    I loved this book so much! I hope you are loving it too.

    I am showcasing Embracing Hope by Janell Butler Wojtowicz this week, so I will post the first line from the book I plan to read after I finish Embracing Hope.

    “This is for them. This is for the magic. This is for every little dreamer in the room. Dozens of little awestruck faces crowded the large studio as I took position to practice my Sugar Plum Fairy solo.”

    So, a little more than one line, but I really like the image this creates of cute little ballerinas excited to see a performance. This comes from A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal.

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  8. Amanda Tero says:

    This series is on my TBR pile for that “one day” time. 😉

    My first line (for commenting: I have a different one on my blog) comes from “Suit and Suitability,” a vintage Jane Austen retelling by Kelsey Bryant.

    The voice of the jury foreman was deep and emotionless, so uncannily like her father’s that Ellen Dashiell could almost believe Dad was convicting himself.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Heather says:

    I’ve read and reviewed the first book in the series…can’t wait to read the next two! Happy Friday!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Iola says:

    Snap! I’m also sharing from The Dishonourable Miss DeLancy over on my blog. I think it’s the best book in the series. So good 🙂

    I’m currently reading The Captive Brides collection. I’ve just started Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson. Here’s the first line:

    Matilda Brampton took one more look at the walls of the Parramatta Female Factory and vowed it would be her last.

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  11. I agree with you. That first line does sound lonely. I’ve haven’t read that series yet, but I’ll have to look into it. Thanks for sharing. I’m featuring A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano on my blog, but here I will share the first line from a novel I recently published called Reluctant To Wed. “Sitting in her grandfather’s traveling coach, Emma suddenly felt the impact of her decision.”

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  12. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog says:

    I really like the covers of this series — the round graphic just looks so pretty!

    Here’s the first line of my current (and fabulous) read:”Declan Gray started his day as he did every other.” -Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

    Liked by 1 person

  13. On my page I shared the first line from Heather Day Gilbert’s “God’s Daughter” a fantastic story rich in viking history. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction.

    I’ll share here an old favorite of mine “Heidi”
    From the old and pleasantly situated village of Mayenfeld, a footpath winds through green and shady meadows to the food of the mountains, which on this side look down from their stern and lofty heights upon the valley below.

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  14. Carrie says:

    ohhh I can’t wait to read that book! It’s taunting me from my pile!

    My current first line is from Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray: “There was almost nothing there. Almost.”

    Liked by 1 person

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