Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.
Today I’m excited to be featuring Ladies of Intrigue (3 tales of 19th-century romance with a dash of mystery) by Michelle Griep. Each story is a stand-alone, filled with page-turning adventure and vivid characters that you won’t soon forget. These stories are filled with sweet romance a dash of mystery and plenty of witty dialogue. CLICK HERE to read my full review.
I’ll share with you today the first few lines from the first novella in this wonderful collection.
The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?
Port village of Treporth, Cornwall, England
Pretend I am courageous.
Pretend my heart still beats.
Pretend all manner of blissful things…
and that I shall find him alive.
Reaching a worn scrap of foolscap, Helen Fletcher tucked the paper into her valise, then snapped shut the clasp, wishing most of all she’d never received such horrid news. No one had ever warned her about the dangers of parchment.
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