Happy Friday and welcome back to a special edition of First Line Friday. This week, we’re focusing on romance.
Know what screams romance to me? Castles, Fairy tales, and three stories through the ages. You can find all of those and so much more in Kristy Cambron’s first book in her new series. You can check out my full review here.
About the Book
Launching a brand-new series, Kristy Cambron explores the collision of past and present as she discovers the ruins of a French castle, long lost to history.
A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.
As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother’s bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history.
Sparked by the discovery of a long forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty–the castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale–and unearth its secrets before they’re finally silenced by time.
Set in three different time periods–the French Revolution, World War II, and present day–The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind.
I’m sharing the first line from Melody Carlson’s Once Upon a Winter’s Heart on my blog today, but the book closest to me is Robin Lee Hatcher’s You’re Gonna Love Me and the first line is “Samantha Winters parked her car in the Caldwell hospital parking lot.”
I just started reading this book last evening! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Paula Shreckhise says
On my wish list.
My first line is from Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer:
The cheerful tinkle of a bell alerted Grace Mallory to the arrival of a guest.
What a pretty cover! Especially when my heart longs for spring. 🙂 The book I’m featuring on my blog is Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser. Since I’m on chapter 14, I’ll share the first line from that chapter here. “I insist that you stay here and rest today, Sophie.” Have a wonderful weekend!
I am so looking forward to The Lost Castle! I’m sharing from the Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers Romance Collection (read through NetGalley) today. Here’s the first line from Partners in Crime by Vickie McDonough:
“Run, Laurel. Run!”
Have a great weekend!
Nicole Santana says
Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from the new novella by Bell Renshaw, As Easy As Riding A Bike. It’s a really fun read.
I am currently reading The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere. I am LOVING this story so much. I am just beginning chapter 7, so I will leave that first line here:
“Rosalyn drew the blanket around her to ward off the chilly night air as the carriage moved briskly down the near-empty streets.”
I enjoyed The Lost Castle, and I’m definitely hoping it’s a series!
I’m featuring Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman on my blog, which doesn’t have any link to Valentine’s Day (although it is romantic suspense so there is some romance). I’m currently reading, Focus on Love by Candee Fick which has a Valentine’s Day scene, even if it’s not central to the plot. Here’s the first line:
Elizabeth Foster ripped the Christmas wrapping paper from the box on her lap.
Suzie Waltner says
It is the start of a 3-book series.
Heather Snyder says
I keep seeing this book everywhere–beautiful cover. Happy Friday!
Sophie Eloy says
Happy Friday! I visited many castles in France so it reminds me of holidays! My lines on the blog: “It was her favorite dream.
The golden dagger lay before Valia on a velvet cushion. Beautiful. Powerful. Deadly. She picked it up, the golden hilt ice cold against her skin.”
These are the lines of a much awaited conclusion of the Falling Kingdoms series: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes.
I look this one up last week. It intrigues me. On my blog today I am showcasing Elaine Orr’s Jolie Henrik series It location is the Jersey Beach. I really enjoy the series. I “Landing in Las Vegas was somewhat akin to touching down in Oz.”
Caryl Kane says
Vincentio Rossi lifted his glass of ten-year-old Lombardi Brunello di Montalcino, closed his eyes, and sniffed the complex bouquet of the ruby red wine. – Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon
Happy Friday and Happy Reading
Carrie @ Reading Is My SuperPower says
that’s such a great first line! I can’t wait to read this one 🙂
My current first line is from Missy Tippens’ new novella “Her Valentine Reunion” (in the Back to You collection) – “In a preemptive strike against the Valentine’s Day funk that hit her every year in February, Abbie Rogers had been working on her latest craft project she’d dubbed Operation Kill Cupid.”
Such a pretty cover.
My first line comes from the book I am currently reading, Charming the Cowboy by Liz Isaacson, “Glancing up at the clock, Heather Carver tried not to mentally calculate the minutes until she could go home.”
Becky Smith says
I know I’m late but yesterday was busy! Happy Weekend! My first line is from A Langhorne Romance (which is in Right Where We Belong collection) by Deborah Raney.
“No sooner had Lily O’Neal plunged her hands into the sticky bread dough than the doorbell rang. Why did it always work that way?”