First Line Fridays — Amongst the Roses

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We’re celebrating wishing for flowers (and spring!) with a special edition of First Line Fridays!

Fans of Civil War fiction will especially enjoy today’s featured April release.


Amongst the Roses by Meghan M. Gorecki

Amongst the Roses by Meghan M. Gorecki Goodreads | Amazon 


April 12, 1861

“Papa’s home!” A nameless shiver of dread worked its way up Margaret Bryant’s spine, causing her fingers to shake as she checked the chatelaine watch at her waist.



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25 thoughts on “First Line Fridays — Amongst the Roses

  1. “Opening the door to the waiting room and looking out, I noticed that there is someone new sitting on the couch. It’s you.” (from Becoming Whole: A healing companion to easy emotional pain and find self-love by Bruce Alan Kehr)


  2. This one’s next on my TBR. Looking forward to it!

    The book I’m featuring on my blog today is ‘Shadows of Hope’ by Georgiana Daniels, but I’m going to share the first line of my current read here: The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart:

    “Toren Daniels rolled over in bed and light pierced his closed eyelids, which meant five a.m. had come and gone.”


  3. Gorgeous cover!

    MAY 1659

    The babe’s crying would rip her heart to shreds if she had to listen to it one more minute. – The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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  4. Happy Friday! My first line is from Joel C. Rosenberg’s book The Kremlin Conspiracy:

    “Louisa Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven.”

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  5. That cover is gorgeous! I will have to check this book out.

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Rachael Anderson’s newest Regency novel, My SIster’s Intended. It’s an excellent book I highly recommend. Here I will share the first three lines from the novel I’m currently reading, Not Abandoned by MacKenzie Morganthal.

    “It was a prison like none other. With boarded windows and a tall fence, I’d almost forgotten what it looked like outside. The bars that caged me in were strong, but not as strong as the bars I’d put up around my heart.”


  6. Love this cover, love the author and I know I’ll love the book! (reading it this week!) I’m in the midst of reading Katie Ganshert’s No One Ever Asked…..

    “An earthquake started it.”

    **sigh** this book…..amazing!


  7. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron but I’m sharing the book I’m currently (re)reading to get ready for the new Hallmark movie this weekend Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck: “What did he say? The storm gusts moving over the Atlantic must have garbled his words.” Hope you have a blessed weekend!


  8. I’m sharing from The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim on my blog today, so here’s the first line from the prologue of Julie Cantrell’s Perennials:

    “Summer 1979
    Oxford, Mississippi

    “Four!” Bitsy cheers, twisting the lid to her firefly jar.”

    Happy Friday!


  9. From Rescuing Sadie by Susan Stoker . . .

    “Sadie faced the man in front of her without trepidation.

    Sean Taggart might know twenty ways to kill without making a sound thanks to his time as a Green Beret, but to her, he was just Uncle Shawn.”


  10. I’m going to show the first line of The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo:
    Mama may have been named for the great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but the fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth.

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  11. Happy Friday Beth!

    My first line is from My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California by Janice Thompson (I haven’t read this yet, it is sitting on my *huge* TBR pile by my reading chair).

    Late April, 1853…
    Never underestimate the power of coffee, Neville.

    Blessings, Tina


  12. Happy Friday! My first lines:

    “The Humpback Bridge had stood for almost a millennium, the sole link between the nations of Rhannon and Rhylla. It was an impressive sight; at the bridge’s peak it curved over one hundred feet above the River Archior, spanning a vast body of water that flowed aquamarine in summer and gravestone grey in Winter.”

    It really sounds like a tale right?

    It’s from State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury.

    I’m nearly finished and if you love some fantasy in all shades of grey and …sorrow it’s the book you need.


  13. Sleep, I need sleep. But instead of hitting the snooze button, I’m frantically charging along a downtown city sidewalk, weaving through throngs of Monday-morning business types who seem to be walking in every direction but mine.


    By TJ Amberson


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