First Line Fridays – 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

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I am excited to share my First Line with you today! YAY for more Christmas books!!! Today’s First Line comes from Michelle Griep’s Christmas Novella, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor. Book One in the series, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas. I can not wait to read it this month!


London, 1850
Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the twisted alleys of Holywell.

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14 thoughts on “First Line Fridays – 12 Days at Bleakly Manor

  1. Sounds interesting. 🙂

    I had the pleasure of reading Holding the Fort recently. From the very first line I was captivated.

    June 1885 Wichita, Kansas

    The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the stage protected Louisa Bell from the more noxious odors of her audience.

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  2. I enjoyed reading this book so much, that I purchased it for several family members for Christmas! (shhh…it’s a surprise!)

    On my blog I’m sharing the first line from Gina Holder’s debut novel “Whither Shall I Go?” so do stop by and check that out! I’ll share with you here the first line of a book that has been on my TBR for several months, I really loved this book!
    “The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer’s neck stood at attention. He was behind her.”
    -Count Me In (An Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn

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  3. sounds good! at least so far, lol.
    On my blog, I share the first line from One Sip at a Time.
    I’m also currently reading The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga. The first line: “Neither you nor I speak English, but here are some things that can be said only in English”

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  4. 12 Days at Bleakly Manor is an awesome book! Now for my 1st line from Paula Scott’s The Mother Keeper: “They say the truth will set you free, but what if the truth ruined your life?” I chose the first line from the first chapter, not the prologue.

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  5. This is on my TBR! Thanks so much for sharing!

    I’m sharing about Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar on my blog today, but I’ll share a book that is on my TBR here.

    “Come on, come on. I know you’re here somewhere,” Magdalena Henry murmured, squinting through the viewfinder of her camera at the ragged line of coffee pickers sorting their day’s yield.
    -Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden

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  6. I just remembered a day or two ago that I have this on my shelf to read! 🙂 Looking forward to it!

    I’m currently reading “The Sound of Rain” by Sarah Loudin Thomas. First line is: “Judd wanted to take a deep breath more than anything.”

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  7. Happy Friday! My 1st line is from Shattered Memories by Debbie Lynne Costello:

    “Why can’t you have him arrested and demand our money back?”

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  8. The euphoria of winning a hard case vied in her thoughts with wondering what came next as Hayden McCarthy left the Alexandria courthouse. From Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

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  9. I listened to the audio of this one a while back. Good book. My first line today is from a fantasy novel I listened to a while back, called Mercy’s Prince by Katy Huth Jones.

    “”Something scaly crawled across Valerian’s cheek.”

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  10. This book is definitely on my TBR list! Can’t wait to get to it.

    I am showcasing the first line from the YA Christian Dystopian novel All Things Now Living by Rondi Bauer Olson on my blog. Here I will post the first two lines from the novel I am starting next, Count Me In by Mikal Dawn:

    “The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer’s neck stood at attention. He was behind her.”

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