First Line Fridays 21: The Keeper of Her Heart by Stacy Henrie



I've been remiss and not posted for nearly 3 weeks, and now its February. On Friday (writing this Thursday night), I'm off to Devon: yes, that's Devon in England. I'm taking two books with me: well actually one book and a Kindle, and featuring one of the titles I hope to finish when I am there.      
I requested The Keeper of Her Heart months ago on Netgalley: its an Edwardian Historical romance, and above all, its nice and short. At 270 pages short enough to finish in a weekend (well, hopefully).

"Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.

Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.

Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams "



Happy Friday and Happy reading this weekend!

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11 comments:

  1. I missed seeing this on NetGalley, but it sounds good.

    I've got the first line from The Saturday Night Supper club up on my blog, and I'm currently reading another great contemporary romance - Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh. She's one of my new favourite authors. Here's the first line:

    "I can't believe she did this to me again." Abigail Pressman stared at the computer screen in disbelief.

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  2. Well then!

    I'm featuring A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith over on the ole blog. Here I will share from Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren. "In the hopes that at least one would get through, their father had sent three copies of his last letter from the West Indies; as it happened, his daughters received them all."

    Happy Friday!

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  3. This book wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was better :).

    Happy Friday!

    Four years to the day after the alien planet arrived above Earth, Sofi's papa had collapsed on the rickety front porch of their buttermilk-yellow farmhouse. --Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber

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  4. This sounds like a great read. Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

    I’m featuring “The Saturday Night Supper Club” by Carla Laureano on the blog today, but my first line here will be the book I’m currently reading, “Across the Blue” by Carrie Turansky.

    February 1909
    Isabella Grayson’s shoes sank into the plush red carpet of Broadlands’ south hall, and she released a soft sigh. What luxury!

    Happy reading and have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. Stacy Henrie is on my need to read list!

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  6. Beautiful cover. On my blog, I’m featuring Wilted Dandelions by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield. Here I will share the first line of the book I’m currently reading, Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser. Stone Creek, Michigan, 1900. “Sophia Bidershem jerked awake as the train whistle blew.” I wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Over on my blog, I am featuring Heather B. Moore's novel, Worth the Risk. I am very excited to read that book. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

    Here, I will post from the novel I am currently reading, A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green. It is an AMAZING story that I am enjoying wholeheartedly. I am just starting chapter 29, so I will share the first two lines from this chapter.

    Asylum, Pennsylvania
    July 1795

    Still damp with morning's dew, the cool earth soiled Vivienne's apron as she knelt in her garden, tugging weeds from between iris and yarrow. Geese soared overhead, soft brown chevrons against a sky of robin's-egg blue.

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  8. This looks like a wonderful book! I will have to look it up--Yorkshire, England is such a beautiful area. Have fun in Devon! Happy Friday!

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  9. Josie Gallagher gripped the letter from the county manager's office with tight hands. - Her Secret Daughter by Ruth Logan Herne

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading! :)

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  10. Happy Friday! My first line is from Forward to What Lies Ahead by Chloe S. Flanagan:

    "Regina's cellphone buzzed sharply, shattering the silence of her apartment and making her coffee table vibrate."

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  11. I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds interesting. Will be keen to know what you think.

    I'm featuring Jennifer Rodewald's Valentine's Day novella on my blog, but at the moment I'm refreshing my memory on Mary Weber's The Evaporation of Sofi Snow:

    "The ice-planet arrived in the dusky heat of summer twilight during Earth's Fourth World War."

    Have a great weekend.

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