First Line Friday (week 304): A Tenuous Betrothal

Posted August 25, 2022 by meezcarrie in First Line Fridays, historical, Jen Geigle Johnson, romance / 13 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 A Tenuous Betrothal by Jen Geigle Johnson! Isn’t this a gorgeous cover??

and the first line is…

“Rhianna Davies was banished from her home.”


Rhianna Davies is well-acquainted with heartache after the painful loss of her parents. At the arrival of her ghastly uncle, she is brought even lower: Rhi has been banished from her family’s estate home and must rely on the kindness of her tightly knit Welsh miners for help. Without the protective love of her parents, Rhi has no illusions that hers will be a happy ending—until an addendum to her father’s will arrives in the hands of a prince.

Marc Wilhelm, Prince of Oldenburg, is in Wales with one purpose: to claim his betrothed. A long-ago promise between their fathers forges an indelible link between Rhi and Marc, but there remains just one problem: neither wants to marry a stranger. With no remaining ties to Wales, Rhi agrees to accompany Marc to Oldenburg, where he will forfeit their betrothal so she may have her pick of husbands. But their journey takes them down unexpected paths, from the depths of a Welsh mine to the marriage mart of London to a warm reception in Oldenburg. Rhi and Marc discover that their connection and their challenges run deeper than either anticipated, but whether from their own hesitations or from danger that threatens without, the couple might be thwarted before they can even begin the happily ever after they so richly deserve.

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13 responses to “First Line Friday (week 304): A Tenuous Betrothal

  1. Gloria A

    Love the cover. My first line is from The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White.
    19 July 1645
    The Waters Around Scilly
    He was a prince at sea. That’s what John Mucknell shouted whenever battle was upon him.

  2. Someone else recently posted about this book and it was the first time I had heard of this author. It sounds like a good book, I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line comes from The Finding of Miss Fairfield by Grace Hitchcock:
    Sophia Fairfield’s heart skipped at the sight if Mother holding a damp handkerchief to her eyes as Father and his business partner Prescott Payne , stood before the floor length windows facing Charleston Harbor with their heads together, soeaking in low somber tones over the crackling of the fireplace.

  4. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Eloise and the Grump Next Door by St. Clair and Proctor. It is so much fun!
    “The sun is an evil, evil orb.”
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    That cover is gorgeous. The school house was nothing more than a shack, with sunlight and drifting snow blowing through the spaces between the thin, rough-cut slats. Laura’s Shadow by Allison Pittman

  6. Pam K.

    “Running away from an arranged marriage to the wilds of the Blue Ridge hadn’t gone as Cora Taylor expected.” The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham.

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