First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Castle of Refuge

Posted May 28, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, Melanie Dickerson, romance, YA / 10 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 Castle of Refuge by Melanie Dickerson, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Audrey hid behind a tree and watched a knight and his squire riding down the lane.


In this Ugly Duckling retelling, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson brilliantly crafts a high-stakes, encouraging tale about the power of love.

Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry—until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her face and her prospects. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. When her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny.

However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in desperate need of help. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own.

Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. All he knows is that he’s quickly becoming smitten with her. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, she and Edwin must make life-changing decisions about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.

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10 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Castle of Refuge

  1. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Secrets from the Past by Jane M. Choate. Bam. The crunch of metal against metal sent the Suburban careening to the far edge of the highway. The car fishtailed as Liam McKenzie struggled to get it under control. The tricked-out truck that had picked up their tail while Liam was driving his son to preschool and was even now giving chase showed no signs of easing up. If he didn’t lose it soon, it would send his car straight over the sheer cliff flanking one side of the narrow road. “Daddy, I’m scared.”

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from Come Back To Me by Jody Hedlund:
    “Your father is in a coma.”
    Happy reading.!
    I just won Melanie’s book from Goodreads after not winning from them for three years! It hasn’t arrived yet.

  3. Gloria A

    February 26, 1933 San Francisco
    Certain moments in life define a person.
    Bridge of Gold by Kimberley Woodhouse

  4. Elly

    I LOVE Melanie Dickerson’s books! I first read them when she only had like three published. My sister had gotten them from the library and I saw them in her pile of books and was captivated by the covers, so I read the back of the book and was immediately interested. I’ve enjoyed every successive release since!

  5. I knew Melanie before she was published and she was a sweet and kind person then and still is! From Hours to Kill by Susan Sleeman: The brutal killer put a knife to her mother’s throat.

  6. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Crazy for You” by Susan May Warren and Michelle Sass Aleckson:

    “The plan was easy. Bring Oreos, kiss his mother, and skedaddle.”

  7. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    The coarse gray fabric of Hazel’s newly donned uniform felt uncomfortable and foreign against her skin.
    From Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham.

  8. My first line is from Bridge of Gold by Kimberley Woodhouse.
    “Certain moments in life define a person. Moments that invoke physical feelings that can’t be described.”

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