First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Mistletoe Countess

Posted September 17, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, Christmas, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, Pepper Basham, romance / 29 Comments

Welcome to the new home of First Line Friday! The other dear blogger friends who joined me on Hoarding Books have each had to step away from regular blogging for an indefinite season. But I still have first lines to share, so I offered to bring it back to RimSP where this incarnation of First Line Friday started. I will be posting the link-up here from now on, and I invite all of you to participate! Without further ado… 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 Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

Every fairy tale needed an appropriate castle.


Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?

Mistletoe is beautiful and dangerous, much like the woman from Lord Frederick’s Percy’s past, so when he turns over a new leaf and arranges to marry for his estate, instead of his heart, he never expects the wrong bride to be the right choice. Gracelynn Ferguson never expected to take her elder sister’s place as a Christmas bride, but when she’s thrust into the choice, she will trust in her faithful novels and overactive imagination to help her not only win Frederick’s heart but also to solve the murder mystery of Havensbrook Hall before the ghosts from Frederick’s past ruin her fairytale future.

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Y’all!! I love this book SO MUCH!!! If you haven’t already got your copy, go buy one now! It’s already being called “the best book of 2021” by several reviewers, so you definitely don’t want to miss it!!

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29 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Mistletoe Countess

  1. Brianna couldn’t help but smile as she nosed her prized ’93 Mustang into a parking spot in front of Bookends, just one of the inviting shops lining Main street.

    From The Heart of Splendid Lake by Amy Clipston (fabulous cover!)

  2. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Some engagements end in happily ever after‘s, and some just end…on social media. Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel

  3. Gloria A

    The Mistletoe Countess is so good! My first line is from Autumn by the Sea by Melissa Tagg.
    Chapter 1
    October 2018
    For once, Chicago’s heady, heavy wind–stubborn and pummeling and rife with autumn cold–came to Sydney’s aid, pushing her from behind as if aware her taut lungs and straining legs might give out at any second,

  4. Happy Friday!

    I’m starting the novella collection Always a Wedding Planner and the first line of the first story, Finally a Sweetheart by Toni Shiloh, is: “The musical strands of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 filled the air as Felicity Edwards carefully piped intricate scrolls on the future Schwartzes’ wedding cake.”

    My FLF post features A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano:

  5. Caryl Kane

    PJ McKinley was almost read to call it a night when she heard the sound. The Wishing Season – Denise Hunter

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    Mistletoe Countess was one of the best stories ever!
    My first line is from another fantastic book Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel:
    September. Louisville, Kentucky
    Some engagements end In happily ever afters, and some just end…on social media.

  7. Jessica G

    I can’t give the first line of the book I’m currently reading because it’s in Beta and I don’t want to share anything I’m not allowed to. But I cannot wait to read this Christmas book!

  8. Debra J Pruss

    Thi scripture verse from 2 timothy helps you remember just how important the Bible is in your daily routine: it provides truthful instruction, strengthens your faith, and prepares you to live a godly life. Everyday Bible Memory Devotional for Women 365 Days in God’s Word.

  9. Perrianne Askew

    It was quickly becoming evident that she, Miss Gabriella Goodhue, might very well be arrested in the not-too-distant future, and all because she’d convinced herself that sneaking into a high-society costume ball would be a relatively easy feat, given her past life as a street thief. To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano (highly recommended!).

  10. Teri DiVincenzo

    TMC! 😍😍 **swooning**
    My first line is from Behind Love’s Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels:
    “A hatchet, a Bible, and a revolver were Lily’s best friends—and Cousin Clem next door with his shotgun.”

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