First Line Friday #68

Posted July 5, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 23 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The Book I’m featuring this week is:


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After letting an involuntary squeal escape, Penny pulled the yellowed papers closer and pressed her lips to them.

Yours Truly, Thomas just released earlier this week and it was one that I had been impatiently waiting for ever since I finished Fordham’s debut novel The Hope of Azure Springs. Although it is considered a standalone novel, it also takes place in Azure Springs and so the reader is able to reunite with some memorable characters. This was another one I enjoyed and can’t wait to see what Rachel Fordham comes up with next!

Click HERE to see my full review for Yours Truly, Thomas

Click HERE to see my full review for The Hope of Azure Springs

About the Book:

For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people’s mail. Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the Dead Letter Office. Still she dreams of something more–a bit of intrigue, a taste of romance, or at least a touch less loneliness. When a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love falls into her hands, Penny seizes this chance to do something heroic. It becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

Thomas left his former life with no intention of ending up in Azure Springs, Iowa. He certainly didn’t expect a happy ending after what he had done. All he wanted to do was run and never look back. In a moment of desperation, he began to write, never really expecting a reply.

When Penny’s undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter and yet she finds herself caring–perhaps too much–for the one who wrote it.

About the Author:Rachel Fordham

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

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Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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23 responses to “First Line Friday #68

  1. Kay Garrett

    Sarah Jane Morgan gasped for breath, scanning the crowded pathways. Everyone showed up for the Heritage Festival, which was good for the artists and vendors, but bad for her. Especially considering…….
    SWEPT AWAY by Laura V. Hilton
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Risking Love” by Toni Shiloh:

    “Welcome to The Maple…Pit.”

  3. Happy Friday!
    Today, on my blog I am sharing the first few lines from The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd: I’m currently just starting Cameo Courtships. It’s a short story anthology that I’m liking so far. Here’s the first line from the first story, “Pinned Above her Heart” by Susanne Dietze:

    London, England, April 30, 1851
    “Don’t touch anything, Letitia.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with fun reading!

  4. Another book to add to the list. 🙂 I’ve never read this author either, so it sounds like I need to read the first book first. Happy reading!

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    Just won Thomas. Can’t wait to read it!

    My First Line is from A Reluctant Belle by Beth White:
    June, 1860
    Tree limbs slapped Joelle’s face as she ran through the woods behind the bathhouse.
    Loved this second book in the Daughtry House series.
    Happy reading!

  6. Ellie

    I love to write letters so the book you are featuring really appeals to me!

    I’m currently reading Hello Again by Heather Tullis and the first line is “Piper listened as the Croods avoided being squashed or eaten by a bevy or prehistoric animals.” I’m about halfway through and enjoying it so far!

    I hope you have a good weekend!

  7. That novel sounds wonderful! I’m currently reading A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears. I’ll share the first line from Chapter 28. “I’m sorry to interrupt.” Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Iola

    I have this on my Kindle and had started reading it, but now I see I should go back and read her first novel first. Thanks for the heads up!

    I’m sharing from Sing a New Song by Candee Fick on my blog, which is a fun contemporary romance. I’ve just started reading Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky, which is set in England in 1909. Here’s the first line:

    “Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!”

    Its about the early days of aviation, and I’m enjoying it. Have a great weekend!

    • Glad you’re enjoying it so far! I’m spending time with family this weekend so not much reading but probably on the way home on Sunday 🙂

  9. Happy Friday! I think I would like this one quite a bit – what a job, working in the Dead Letter Office, no matter what time period. But I am also kind of weird because I think weird jobs would be fun, so…

    Happy Reading!

  10. I haven’t read either of Rachel’s books and I now have her debut on Kindle – thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

    Today I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Risking Love by Toni Shiloh.

    “Welcome to the Maple… Pit.”

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