First Line Friday (week 203): The Peasant’s Dream

Posted July 24, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, fairy tales, First Line Fridays, historical, Melanie Dickerson, romance / 17 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of The Peasant’s Dream by Melanie Dickerson, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Adela stood watching her brother Steffan marry his true love, Katerina of Hamlin, memorizing how the autumn sun bathed everything in warm light and made the stained glass windows of Hamlin Cathedral spark and glow.


In this reverse Cinderella story, a poor farmer’s son, who dreams of using his talent as a woodcarver to make a better life for himself, falls in love with a duke’s daughter and must fight for a chance to win her heart.

Adela is the youngest daughter of Duke Wilhelm of Hagenheim and is never allowed outside of the castle walls. She loves her family, but she sneaks away one day to the market in the town center. There she meets a handsome young man and wonders what it might be like to fall in love with a poor farmer with a kind heart instead of marrying the man her family is suggesting for her.

Frederick earns the income for his family and defends his mother from his father’s drunken rages. He also uses his talent and creativity to carve figures, animals, and scenes into wood, and he’s asked to carve these scenes into cathedral doors when his talent is noticed. Frederick is inspired by the sweet and beautiful Adela, but he has no knowledge of her true identity. When he gets swept up into a plan to kidnap the duke’s daughter, both are shaken by what they learn about the other.

With the heartbroken Adela resigned to an arranged marriage with her noble suitor, Frederick must decide what he’s willing to risk for love.

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17 responses to “First Line Friday (week 203): The Peasant’s Dream

  1. Diana Hardt

    My first line is from Falling for the Innkeeper by Meghann Whistler. Jonathan Masters pulled up in front of The Sea Glass Inn, turned off his GPS and sighed.

  2. Gloria A

    My first line is from Booked for Death by Victoria Gilbert:
    A ship may bob, safe at harbor, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t experienced the wide world-or won’t again.

  3. My first line comes from one of the novellas in the Very Austen Romance collection, “A Step Too Far” by Wendi Sotis: “Something is very wrong.”

  4. I’m currently reading Georgana’s Secret by Arlem Hawks (a very cool name, btw). I’m on chapter 12, so I’ll share the first line from there: “Seawater made poor wash water.” I think I’d have to agree! Hope you have an excellent weekend. 🙂❤📚

  5. On my blog, I am sharing the first line from the Christian non-fiction, Courage, Hope, and Healing by Mary Pappas. It’s the compelling story of her battle against cancer. Here, I will share the first line from Chapter Five: Staring blankly out of the dining room window, I waited for the telephone to ring.

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