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First Line Fridays — The Underground Railroad Brides Collection

Hello, reader friends and welcome to June!! Today’s featured book is from my tbr and I’m really looking forward to diving in! It’s been too long since I’ve read a story set within the Underground Railroad movement and this book contains NINE!!!

The Underground Railroad Brides Collection

by Barbara Tifft Blakey, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Cecelia Dowdy, Patty Smith Hall, Terri J. Haynes, Debby Lee, Darlene Panzera, Penny Zeller

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Emma Underground by Barbara Tifft Blakey

Emma Trebor stood with her husband, Paul, on the church steps as their youngest daughter, Catherine, sat beside her groom in the flower-bedecked carriage.

Follow the Christmas Star by Ramona K. Cecil

“Ah, don’t cry, Dahlia.” Edith reached out and brushed away the tear meandering down the little girl’s dusky cheek, her heart crumpling.

Under the Sails of Love by Lynn A. Coleman

“Come quick,” Charlotte whispered, signaling for the runaway slaves to hide in the old childhood fort.

The Bakery Bride by Cecelia Dowdy

“Son, when are you going to get married?” Oh no, she had to go and mention that.

Place of Refuge by Patty Smith Hall

She was running out of time. Jorgine Emmerson stared out at the lush green fields, the white boles of cotton swaying in time with the horses’ hooves.

Free to Love by Terri J. Haynes

Pounding jarred Winnifred from the hold of a deep sleep. She bolted upright, sending a quick glance to the still-dark windows.

The Winter Quilt by Debby Lee

Carol Martin clutched the handkerchief in her hands and gritted her teeth. She swore she wouldn’t look through her hope chest ever again.

The Song of Hearts Set Free by Darlene Panzera

Annie Morrison and her dearest friend had not taken more than five steps past Morrison’s cabinet shop when Louisa clutched her arm and let out a startled gasp.

Freedom’s Flight by Penny Zeller

Annalise Van Houten followed her aunt and uncle toward the First Church of Ridge Gap, Tennessee.


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18 thoughts on “First Line Fridays — The Underground Railroad Brides Collection

  1. My first line is from A Rebel Heart by Beth White:
    April 20, 1863
    Ithaca Plantation
    Selah could hear the horses thundering closer, oncoming hell and destruction.


  2. That’s a lot of first lines!

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘A Solace of Water’ by Elizabeth Byler Younts this week, but as Ronie Kendig has just released the new and revised edition of Wolfsbane (one of my all-time favourite books!) I’m going to share the first line of that here:

    Blood dripped into his left eye.


  3. This book sounds great! I’m going to need to find a copy! It just so happens that the book I’m featuring this week also features the Underground Railroad!!! How cool is that?!?! 🙂

    I’m featuring on my blog the first line from Tara Johnson’s “Engraved on the Heart”. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 14.
    “Keziah wrapped the cloak around her shoulders and eased her bedroom door open, wincing at the gentle creak that echoed down the dark hallway.”

    Do be sure to drop by my blog page and enter the giveaway! Have a wonderful weekend!


    May 1, 1815

    We observed the first of May as we always did. – The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

    Happy Friday! 🙂


  5. My first lines come from Jana Aston’s Good Girl.

    “‘We’re not leaving this bar until you kiss someone.’” Payton says this as if we were in the midst of having a conversation about me kissing someone. We weren’t. I nod all the same because we’re nest friends and I’m used to this kind of outburst from her.”

    I’m featuring lines from Alessandra Torre’s upcoming release Even Money on my blog today. Drop by to check them out!


  6. If I’m being honest I really stay away from novelettes because they aren’t long enough and it makes me sad they end too soon. Am I weird? This does look like a really interesting collection though! Have a great weekend!


    • Nah, you aren’t weird! I usually prefer big books but it’s fun to meet new authors in these collections. You should read The Message in a Bottle collection, Seven Brides for Seven Texans, and Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers, they all have tightly interwoven stories and read like one big saga 😉

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  7. Happy Friday! My first line is from Mail-Order Bride Switch by Dorothy Clark:

    “Garret Stevenson kicked the snow off his boots, climbed the steps to the roofed platform of the Union Pacific Railroad station and stopped.”


  8. Sounds like a great book. My TBR pile knows no bounds! LOL!

    On my blog, I am showcasing Tessa Afshar’s upcoming novel, Theif of Corinth, due out in July. Here, I will post the first line from the novel I am about to read, This Wilderness Journey by Misty M. Beller.

    November, 1852
    Canadian Rocky Mountains

    “I am the luckiest man alive.”

    Makes you want to read to find out why he’s the luckiest man alive, huh?!


  9. This looks like a great read! I’m sharing about “No One Ever Asked” by Katie Ganshert on the blog, but I’m currently reading, “The Weaver’s Daughter” by Sarah E. Ladd.

    Alarm’s menacing sting picked Kate Dearborne’s consciousness and hurried her steps.

    Happy reading and have a great weekend!


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