First Line Fridays: A Love Restored

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

Today I’m super excited to be featuring A Love Restored by Kelly Goshorn. I knew the moment I read the synopsis that I’d enjoy this story, what I didn’t expect is all the emotions I’d feel as I read the story! To learn more, see my full review!

Be sure to check out the Author Interview & Giveaway with Kelly Goshorn

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Loudoun County, Virginia
August 1873

          Land sakes it was hot. 
          Ruth Ann Sutton peeled the black stockings from her legs and stuffed them inside her boots. If only she could do the same with her corset.

 

August sure is hot, and I for one am thankful that we don’t wear corsets or have to wear thick stockings!

You can be sure that something exciting is about to happen next, and trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss out on reading this fantastic story!

 

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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First Line Fridays: Sons of Blackbird Mountain

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

Today I’m excited to be featuring Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof. This book was just released this week, and it is one that you won’t want to miss out on reading! CLICK HERE to read my review.

 

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Blackbird Mountain, Virginia
August 27, 1890

          Aven peered down at the letter again, noted the address written in Aunt Dorothe’s hand, then looked back to the wooded sign that was staked to the ground. The location matched, but with the Virginia summer sun overhead and the shores of Norway but a memory, she was suddenly having a hard time putting one foot in front of the other.

 

I couldn’t stop with just one line! I felt you needed two lines to really give you a good start! Has Aven found the correct address? What surprises lay in store?

 

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.

A Heart’s Revolution by Roseanna M. White

Synopsis:

In 1783 peace has been declared, but war still rages in the heart of Lark Benton.

Never did Lark think she’d want to escape Emerson Fielding, the man she’s loved all her life. But when he betrays her, she flees Williamsburg for Annapolis, taking refuge in the nation’s temporary capital. There Lark throws herself into a new circle of friends who force her to examine all she believes.

Emerson follows, determined to reclaim his betrothed. Surprised when she refuses to return with him, he realizes that in this new nation he has come to call his own, duty is no longer enough. He must learn to open his heart and soul to something greater—before he loses all he should have been fighting to hold.

Previously published as Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland

My Thoughts:

From heartbreak to healing, a story that reminds us that being honest with ourselves as well as those around us is always the best policy.  Right from the start, I felt involved in the story and in the lives of the characters. I was emotionally invested in the lives of the characters and eager to find out what would happen next.

This story begins in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia where we are first introduced to our heroine, Lark Benton. Lark is the youngest daughter of prosperous planters and engaged for the past two years to her brother’s friend and family neighbor Emmerson Fielding. Lark has been in love with Emmerson since they were children, but Emmerson seems to be in no hurry to get married and worse yet, it seems he could care less if the marriage ever occurs.

After a shocking betrayal, Lark leaves Williamsburg and travels to Annapolis, Maryland. Lark quickly makes new friends and finds herself for once, the belle of the ball. She enjoys attending dances and feels like she can finally be herself.

In Annapolis, we meet a second perspective hero and for quite a time I was left guessing how it would all turn out. I wasn’t very fond of Emmerson till the last 1/3 of the of the story when he finally comes out of his shell and we get to know him better. But will his change of heart be in time to earn the love of Lark, or will he be too late? Grab a copy of this riveting story to find out what happens.

I give this story 4 stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading Colonial period fiction.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

Roseanna White 2017 Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

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