First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Indebted Earl

Posted April 2, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, Erica Vetsch, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, romance / 15 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 Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

“If it got any hotter, the Royal Navy would have to ship him home in a flask.”


Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiancée and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Lost Lieutenant & The Gentleman Spy plus an original Mockingbird Art and Design Pemberley Drawing!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 31, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on April 7, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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15 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Indebted Earl

  1. Kay Garrett

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this wonderful sounding book. I know it’s going to be a great one because of who the author is. Love the cover!

    My first line is:
    Harmony Creek Hallow, New York
    The day had started out as Jeremiah Stolzfus had planned.
    It didn’t stay that way after a woman dropped into his arms.

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    This novel sounds exciting. I’d love to read it to discover if Sophie can help save her new husband and how their new relationship progresses. I’d also find the interaction between Sophie and the wayward girls interesting. The cover is lovely with all the poppies and the profiles of the couple.

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham
    “ Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale.”

  4. Erica Vetsch

    Thank you for sharing the first line from The Indebted Earl!!

    The first line of my current read is

    Hardly anyone was buried at the South Park Street Cemetery anymore, and yet Ottilie Russell had spent more time there in her twenty years than any other soul living in Calcutta.

    A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy.

  5. Jcp

    I’m reading The Indebted Earl today.I feel like Erica’s volunteer publicist since I have recommended this series to anyone who is seeking book recs.

  6. Roxanne C.

    I’m looking forward to reading The Indebted Earl. Right now I am reading Pony Express Courtship by Rhonda Gibson:
    “What were you thinking?” Rebecca Young demanded of her youngest son, Benjamin.

  7. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

    This comes from Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink. Penelope McGregor shivered at the distant creak from the back of the house. Goose bumps erupted along her spine.

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