First Line Friday (Week 29): The Merchant’s Daughter

Posted October 21, 2016 by meezcarrie in First Line Fridays, Melanie Dickerson / 47 Comments

first line fridays

Y’all. It’s Friday!!

Since it’s Friday, it’s also time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

The book I’m featuring today is The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson.

I chose this particular book on this particular day because a) this Beauty & The Beast retelling is still one of my very fave Melanie Dickerson books and b) it’s part of Melanie’s Fairy Tale Romance Collection which just made the New York Times Bestsellers List! I’m so excited for Melanie!!!

Merchant daughter

And the first line is….

“Annabel sat in the kitchen shelling peas in to a kettle at her feet.”

So… what’s your First Line on this Friday?

Let me know in the comments and then head over to share your First Line with these friends:

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47 responses to “First Line Friday (Week 29): The Merchant’s Daughter

  1. Becky Smith

    “Kacey didn’t want to raise eyebrows & alert the entire town to her return. She simply hoped to tame the beast that had roared to life…” Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren.
    But I have another book nearby that I want to post: “The night was moonless, the color of black ink, with not one star twinkling from the heavens.” A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck
    LOVE both these books!!!!

  2. carylkane

    June 21, 1941
    Kiev, Ukraine

    “Papa, Papa!”


  3. From my next up read — “The bad thing about Ruthie Stoltzfus’s job was that it barely paid minimum wage and she had no job security.

    The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher

  4. Toni Shiloh

    The Cotswolds, Ralin Castle
    March 1913

    “Lady Ella Myerston knew more than everyone thought she did–and more than they thought she should.”

    THe Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

  5. December 1742
    Chatham, England

    “I fear that our wassailing has become a nuisance.” Polly Catlett slowed her steps, her toes aching in the stiff leather of her boots, the damp chill of December finally taking its toll.

    ~Newton and Polly~ by Jody Hedlund

    LOVED this book! 🙂

    Happy Friday, Carrie!

  6. Cara

    This week I have moved on to Love’s Fortune by Laura Frantz (after totally loving Love’s Awakening last week!)…

    “For the rest of his life James Sackett would remember this moment.”

  7. Winnie Thomas

    Becky Smith already posted mine, so I’m sulking. I’m at my cabin today and I brought Wild Montana Skies to read. I guess I could check one of the books on my Kindle, but I’m on vacation and I’m too lazy. Have a great weekend everyone!

  8. MH

    Not a Christian book but still a fun one:
    “I can’t believe I gave up my internship for this”
    – Heather Vogel Frederick, Mother-Daughter Book Camp

  9. Happy Friday, Carrie,

    My first line is from The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham that releases in November.

    Wounded soldiers returned from war as heroes.

  10. Andrea Stephens

    Hudson River Valley Summer 1898
    First two lines…”THAT’S WHERE THE BODY WAS FOUND, floating facedown in the river,”an ominous voice intoned. “He was stone-cold dead.”
    From Elizabeth Camden’s Until the Dawn.

    Congratulations to Melanie!

  11. So excited for Melanie! You’ll never believe this but I ate lunch with her once! 😉 I didn’t even taste that food but I get excited just thinking about that wonderful day!!! Don’t you, Carrie?

    17 Tammuz
    4th Month Out of Egypt
    Wild drumbeats rumbled through the ground like distant thunder, pulsing in defiant rhythms and vibrating the hollows of my chest.

    OOoooo, isn’t that a good one!!! Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

  12. If no one else will say it, I will. That line from The Merchant’s Daughter is not exactly the best first line ever. LOL! But it gets better. 🙂
    Here’s one from one of my favorite books, In Pursuit of the Green Lion by Judith Merkle Riley:
    It was in the year of our Lord, 1358, in the summertime, just two days before the Feast of Saint Barnabas, that a Voice spoke out of heaven into the ear of my understanding.

    • Carrie

      Ooooo that sounds like a marvelous book! I’ll need to add it to my TBR list 🙂 And TMD first line makes me smile bc when I hear it or read it I know I’m in for one of my fave reads

      • It’s a great book, Carrie! But you have to read the first books in the series, A Vision of Light, first before you read In Pursuit of the Green Lion. It’s the Margaret of Ashbury series, and Margaret is just one of the most delightful characters. She’s kind of like the Forest Gump of Medieval times because every iconic thing you can think of about the Middle Ages ends up happening to her. And she’s adorably self-effacing and funny.

    • Carrie

      yes! You must! It was my absolute favorite until The Beautiful Pretender came out… now they are a very close tie 🙂

  13. Eliza Covault

    “In the Summer of 1991, while working as a reporter on assignment to the New York Times, I heard a rumor that there were two reclusive sisters, both over one hundred years old, living together somewhere in Westchester County, New York.” From: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” by: Sarah L Delany & A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.

    It’s a wonderful autobiography of 2 african american sisters growing up in the 20th century. (starts late 1890s and ends present day)

  14. It is still Friday on the West Coast, so…

    “And there she goes.” The man’s voice was a hushed, hoarse whisper.
    The strong odor of gasoline filled the air.

    from The Amish Firefighter by Laura V. Hilton. I’ve had this checked out for a while (it’s been on my want to read list since reading reviews of it) and I’m still hoping to read it before library fines kick in.

  15. Elma brooks

    When will it be my turn?”Deborah MacCallister paused to sniff a spray of lilac.Heavenly!
    Lauraine Snelling:From this day foward.

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