First Line Friday (week 279): The Element of Love

Posted March 3, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Mary Connealy, romance / 12 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! 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 Element of Love by Mary Connealy. I love Mary’s books & can’t wait to jump into this new series!!!

and the first line is…

They were running away from the threat of misery, pain, and degradation.


She mixed danger, desperation, and deception together. Love was not the expected outcome.

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother’s unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away–far and fast–to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father’s lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.

During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission’s parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb’s past and in the land around them come to light, it’ll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

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12 responses to “First Line Friday (week 279): The Element of Love

  1. Debra Pruss

    Lucy Bontrager’s fingers trembled as she held the plastic device in her hands. The Arrangement by Jennifer Spredemann

  2. Those sound like good things to run away from. I suspect they will face much more of them, however, or that would be a very boring book.

  3. Haley Resseguie

    The stack of cash on his desk was as close to genuine currency as squeeze cheese was to Brie.
    Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn

  4. Kay Garrett

    Goosebumps prickled Penny Lapp’s arm as she twisted the straw hat in her hands.
    THE BUTTERFLY BOX by Mindy Steele

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    My First line is from Enchanting the Heiress by Kristi Hunter:
    December 1817. Newmarket, England
    How could Jonas Fitzroy possibly follow his twin sister’s directive to stop watching over and protecting her, when she actually believed in the crazy plans she’d just laid out to him?

  6. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    “That’s her, boss,” Bo said under the cover of a large black umbrella.
    Edgewater Road by Shelley Shepard Gray

  7. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Tracking Concealed Evidence by Sharee Stover: An eerie howl clawed at the edges of Shaylee Adler’s consciousness, dragging her from the depths of darkness. She struggled to open her eyes, uncertain why they felt so heavy.

  8. I’m currently halfway through To Disguise the Truth by Jen Turano. It’s great!
    “Not that you’re going to want to hear this, but after listening to your diatribe against Arthur for the past hour, complete with complaints about his character, his handsome face, and the way he makes you long to punch him, I’m left wondering if the contentious relationship both of you share is something entirely different than a clash of two strong personalities.”
    Have a wonderful weekend! 😀❤📚

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