First Line Friday #29: Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley

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First Line Fridays

Happy Friday, reader friends!

This week’s feature is a novella collection that is launching a new and exciting multi-author project! Each novella kicks off a three-book series, all set in Arcadia Valley, and each intertwined with the works of the other authors. How cool is that!?!!

Plus some of these ladies are among my favorite authors and the others are new to me! I’m really excited about spending some time in Arcadia Valley! We’re going to take a peek at the first line of each novella today and I’m diving in this weekend!

Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley

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Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley

Spring’s Blessing by Mary Jane Hathaway

Charlotte McGregor pressed the last tomato seedling into the dark earth and knew with a soul-deep conviction that this garden was going to prove, once and for all, that she knew exactly what she was doing with her life.

I don’t know but seems to me that’s an awful lot of pressure she’s putting on her garden…

Loaves and Wishes by Elizabeth Maddrey

Ruth Baxter dropped her suitcase on the gleaming dark wood floors and pushed the front door closed before sagging against it.

Ugh, poor Ruthy seems to be having a rough day…

Sheltered Hearts by Lee Tobin McClain

Alex Quintana finished mopping the red tile floor of his family’s restaurant.

And we have a fella!!!

Sow in Love by Valerie Comer

“No, I don’t think so.”

Sorry, no extra lines today! I know that one makes y’all want more…

The Scent of Romance by Danica Favorite

When Caroline Hearst walked through the doors of Arcadia Valley Community Hospital, her stomach didn’t twist in fear at the look on Dr. Sloan’s face as he met her.

That sounds like good news, right?

A Romance Rekindled by Annalisa Daughety

Kate Groves kept a tight grip on her dad’s hand and tried to keep her emotions in check.

Uh oh, Kate has something going on…

#DealAlert get this 6 novella collection for just $0.99 on Kindle!

Learn more about Arcadia Valley Romance!

So, open the book nearest to you and post the first line in a comment below!

Then go see what these First Line Ladies are up to:

Carrie @ Reading is My Superpower

Rachel @ Bookworm Mama

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books

Andi @ Radiant Light

Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sarah @ All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Robin @ Robin’s Nest

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado

If you’d like to share the First Line Friday fun on your blog, let Carrie know at Reading is My Superpower!


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    I will start reading Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley when I finish this:

    “Heavy metal music blared through paper-thin walls.” From Time Search by Danele J. Rotharmel

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    Samuel Mason sat parked in his white DeSoto across the street from Centerville Christian Church. – and the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers


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    Folks said Thomas Beaufort could track a housefly through a hurricane, and though he admitted that it might be a slight exaggeration, he felt it wasn’t too far off.
    ~The Bounty Hunter’s Baby by Erica Vetsch

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      Hahaha! I love that! I’m going to go add it to my wishlist, thanks for sharing!

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    I love novella collections! 🙂

    Here is my first line:

    Kit Kat and Lucy by Lonnie Hull DuPont

    You will always by lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. Colonial American Proverb

    “To say moving from San Francisco to rural Michigan was not easy for me would be an understatement.”

    Happy reading and Happy Friday!

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      I’m guessing that proverb was quite practical in that time period! 😉

      Have a great weekend, Heather!

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    This week my first line comes from The Bomber War: The Allied Air Offensive Against Nazi Germany by Robin Neillands “This is the story of a machine.” I haven’t started it yet, but looking forward to it!

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      It’s been a while since you’ve shared a non-fiction line, I thought I might have corrupted you 😉

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    I’m about to start the fourth novella, Altered Hearts by Gina Welborn, in the Blue Ribbon Brides Collection from Barbour:

    “With a record fifth win at this year’s fair,” yelled the announcer through the megaphone, “Miss Reba Diehl!”

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    Wiltshire, England–1867

    ​Amala sat on a particularly uncomfortable chair at the edge of the crowded and stuffy ballroom.

    ~Color of Love by Anita Stansfield

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      I’m pretty glad balls aren’t really a thing any more, they sound miserable 😉

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    “They share the truth of an experience that only those who were there can truly know. As part of a regiment of southwestern cowpunchers, Oklahoma Indians, Ivy League football stars, and champion polo players, they had faced death boldly and defeated the enemy.

    They had been Rough Riders.”

    Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner.

    Happy Friday!!!

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    I’m excited about LOVE GROWS IN ARCADIA VALLEY. It’s set in a fictional Arcadia Valley, but I live in a real Arcadia Valley. 🙂 My mom blog followers are excited that LOVE GROWS is this month’s give-away!

    Harvest had begun as it did every year in Minden, Pennsylvania. — THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD, debut author Kate Brandes (review copy, not Christian fiction but clean so far!)

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    “Many a man has been inspired by a great father or a noble brother, and young six-year-old Lord Trent Hawthorne had been blessed with both.” An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

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      Awww, that’s a sweet first line! I’ll be reading it this weekend! YAY!!!

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    hahahaha! I have this collection and these first lines (and your commentary) are making me even more excited to read it!

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    Well, I’m here! Finally! And I love that you’ve given us a whole month of First Line Fridays in one go. I suppose you’ll be asking for the month off next? 😉

    My first line this week is from Kristi Ann Hunter’s ‘A Noble Masquerade’:

    “It is never a happy day when an eight-year-old girl’s cheesecake lands in the dirt, and she certainly doesn’t take kindly to the laughing little boy who put it there.”

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      Hmmm… nah! I’d miss y’all! Oh I just LOVE the Hawthorne House series 😍

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