First Line Friday (week 298): The Heart of the Mountains

Posted July 14, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Pepper Basham, romance / 16 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 Heart of the Mountains by the fabulous Pepper Basham. Her books are always perfection! Sweet, swoony, witty, and full of grace.

and the first line is…

Running away from an arranged marriage to the wilds of the Blue Ridge hadn’t gone as Cora Taylor expected.


Can their hearts overcome the darkness of the mountains?

To escape a forced marriage, Cora Taylor travels from England to the Blue Ridge Mountains in search of her brother, who is working as a teacher in a mission school. She hopes to find a place where her nursing skills and independent ideas will be accepted and appreciated, but nothing prepares her for the wild mixture of isolation, community, brokenness, and hope within these mountains…or in the person of Jeb McAdams.

Returning from the devastation of World War 1 emotionally damaged, Jeb McAdams struggles against the rampant mountain alcoholism to soothe his nightmares. It’s easy to hide within the mountains, or it was, before Cora Taylor arrived. Now, she seems to show up at every turn, bringing her modern ideas, curiosity, and beautiful eyes with her.

Bound by their shared war history, the pair develop an unlikely friendship, which unexpectedly hints to something more. But when Cora’s desire to help the women of the mountains crosses an unspoken line, will Jeb be able to protect this feisty flatlander from the wrath of the mountain men or will he end up losing much more than his heart?

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16 responses to “First Line Friday (week 298): The Heart of the Mountains

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I love all of Pepper’s books. She really loves her mountains and the people.
    My first line comes from Heirlooms by Sandra Byrd:
    March 1958
    Helen Devries carefully removed her nurse’s cap, fluffing her platinum , back combed bouffant, crackling the Aqua Net laquering it in place.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thursday, 11:00 P.M.
    Did the crazy girl want to get herself killed?
    IMPENDING STRIKE by Sami A. Abrams

  3. Gloria A

    Spring had painted the Missouri countryside with a palette of vibrant greens and gentle pastels only God Himself could have created.
    Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard

  4. Janice Moore

    I agree with you that Pepper Basham’s books are perfection! I can’t wait to read it!

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