Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2) by Michelle Griep. This delightful story captured my heart! With irresistible characters, a fully immersible setting, and Michelle Gripe’s signature way with words, it all adds up to an unforgettable story that you are sure to need for your keeper shelf. CLICK HERE to read my full review!


London, 1853

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life,
or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
– David Copperfield

In the tiny back of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun.


  A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)

 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon A Dickens Christmas #1)


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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9 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: A Tale of Two Hearts

  1. I really enjoy the fact that this inspired by the work of Dickens. I have no idea that Dickensian Christian Fiction was a genre! I definitely need to reed one of the books from this series in the future. My first line this week is from a individual or small group study called, “The Redemption of Scrooge.” Merry Christmas!


  2. I liked this book a lot. Here’s the first line from Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble — “Bailey Fleming glanced out her patient’s window into the parking lot, but the swirling snow obscured all but the dim glow of the streetlamp.”


  3. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Jenny B. Jones’s novel His Mistletoe Miracle. It sounds like an amazing book that I am really excited to get to. Currently, I am right in the middle of In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail Wilson, so I will share a line from that book.

    Chapter 10: “It was the following day before I was able to deliver the message I’d received from the milliner.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with lovely reading time, and Happy Holidays to you and your family! 😊❤️📚 + 🤶 🎅🎄


  4. I enjoyed that novel and agree with you that Michelle Griep definitely has a way with words. On my blog, I am featuring Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano. Since it’s also my current read, I will share the first line from the 28th chapter: “I watched the moon from my window that night, knees tucked to my chest as I curled into the wingback chair.” I wish you a joy-filled Merry Christmas!


  5. Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from Tin God by Stacy Green….

    “That’s impossible.” Jaymee’s stomach lurched and then spiraled to her toes. The meager window air conditioner in the manager’s trailer did nothing for her constricted lungs. She shifted as the torn plastic of the junky folding chair cut into the back of her thigh. “My boyfriend–ex-boyfriend–paid the rent. I gave him the money last week.”

    Have an awesome weekend and Happy Holidays!😊🎄💕


  6. Happy Friday!
    This week I’m sharing from Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron (I have an ARC… doesn’t release until Feb 2019), but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (18) here: “Maeve had just put down her quill to close the estate ledger when the alarm bell clanged outside.” Hope you have the chance to get some reading in this weekend and have a very Merry Christmas! 🙂


  7. Merry Christmas! I read the first one of Michelle’s and this one is patiently waiting on my blanket chest!

    My first line is from Mind Games by Nancy Mehl: ( a fabulous book)

    He stood in the middle of his secret room, staring at walls covered with old newspaper clippings.


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