First Line Friday #71

Posted July 26, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 30 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The Book I’m featuring this week is:


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Molly O’Malley’s coal-powder disguise hid her creamy skin and blended with her black-clad form in the shadows of the early morning.

A Lady’s Maid releases very soon on August 1, 2019. I just received my copy in the mail a few days ago and I’m super excited to dig into it. This will be my first read by the author but it’s not the only one on my TBR. I love the cover art and the description has me intrigued. Check back on August 5 when I’ll be sharing my full review 🙂

About the Book:

Molly O’Malley, lady’s maid to the progressive Lady Amanda Halloway, is determined to continue the life’s work of her lost love, killed in the Peterloo Massacre. But when her efforts and a trip to Lady Halloway’s charitable orphanage culminate in her own abduction, Molly’s eyes are opened to the horrifying crimes transpiring in the city’s slums. Despite the risks, she broadens her mission and is drawn ever closer to the peril all around them.

Thomas Flaherty, a footman in the Halloway household, has been with Molly from the beginning, but he fears she will never trust him with her heart. Even though her cause and happiness are of foremost importance to him, his loyal patience is tested by the fears that keep her at a distance. But with their safety on the line, Thomas is resolved to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves.

Risking their lives and their love, Molly and Thomas and a team of nobles on their side will stop at nothing to empower the powerless, no matter the personal cost.

About the Author:Jen Geigle Johnson

Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.

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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30 responses to “First Line Friday #71

  1. I love this cover!

    I shared from The Bridge Between by Lindsey Brackett over on my blog. Here I’ll share from The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey — Fire ripped through Finn’s right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Kay Garrett

    May 1896 – Honey Grove, TX
    “The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp,” Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail’s knees.
    MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY by Karen Witmeyer
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Here I’ll share the first line from chapter sixteen of the book I’m currently reading:

    “Footsteps signaled someone’s approach, and Grace paused her kneading in the pre-dawn morning, waiting for the customary greeting from one of the brothers.”
    Four Dreams of You by Sondra Kraak

    • I loved The Express Bride! There is currently a giveaway going on my blog for it with an author interview 🙂 Hope you enjoy the rest of your current read!

  4. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! I haven’t started this yet, but my first line (well – 2 lines) is from “Margin of Error” by Christy Barritt:

    “Hunger and anger battled inside him like two storm fronts colliding. A violent friction clashed in his very soul.”

  5. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher: I’m currently reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “Elsie closed her eyes for a moment and breathed in the steamy air, imagining she stood beside Grand Prismatic Spring instead of the massive laundry boiler in the back of the Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚

  6. Sounds like an interesting read. On my blog, I am sharing Mail Order Marvel by Kirsten Osbourne. Here, I will share the first line of the second chapter in my current read, Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid. “The rusty lock would not budge.” Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. That is an intriguing premise and I love the cover.

    Happy Friday!
    Today I’m sharing the first line of Searching For You by Jody Hedlund over on my blog. So I’ll share the first line of the chapter I’m currently on here:

    “Och, dinnae tell me I’m too late!”

  8. I’ve read a novella by Jen and enjoyed it. I’ll have to check back and see what you thought of this one. Have a terrific weekend! Mine’s pretty packed with editing. I’ll take a Saturday evening break for a glow in the dark Zumba class with all the dance instructors from my gym (I’ll need it after hiding out at the library all day) and start with the early service at church on Sunday morning before I get back to it. Less than a week before this manuscript is due and I can get back to my regularly scheduled reading (at least for a month or two!).

  9. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The factory rose above with row upon row of sharp-edged bricks.”

  10. Sounds intriguing! I love that it’s featuring servants rather than those in the upper classes. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your review.

    Have a great weekend.

  11. Ellie

    That sounds like a good book! It’s hard not to grow my TBR list every Friday! I hope you have a nice weekend. 😃

  12. I cat imagine putting coal-powder on my face, lol. It sounds like an interesting read. 🙂

    I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller.

    It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.

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