First Line Friday (week 310): A Seaside Wonder

Posted October 6, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, Melissa Tagg, romance / 26 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 Seaside Wonder by Melissa Tagg! I adore her books, and this cover just has me feeling all the cover love feels!

and the first line of chapter one is…

If not for the proprietor’s name on the little shop’s window, Philip might never have thought of it again.


In one evening, Indi’s world falls apart. Enter the shy professor her family mistakes for her fiancé…make that ex-fiancé.

Professor Philip West never wanted to return to Maine . . . or his grandfather’s miserable old house. But after his mother’s death, he’s now the guardian of a teenage half sister who doesn’t want anything to do with him. He longs to help her heal, but he’s exhausted and numb, desperate for relief of his own. Maybe that’s why he’s so easily distracted when he happens upon the little shop with an intriguing owner—one who happens to share a name with someone from his grandfather’s mysterious past.

More than a decade has passed since Indi Muir made the heartbreaking decision she’s never recovered from—though she’s certainly tried. She has a full life running her shop and creating the artsy pieces that fill its shelves. If she can just stay busy, she’ll keep her hurt and regret at bay. But when her ex-fiancé returns to Muir Harbor, he brings news that shatters her carefully built walls. Things only get worse when lurking danger comes calling at her childhood home.

The one bright spot amid Indi’s turmoil is the shy stranger who wandered into her shop months ago and his moody but lovable sister. As she confronts her past and the mysterious threat facing her family, she’s intent on helping Philip win over his sister. He just might win over Indi, too, if they can overcome old secrets and wounds, outrun rising peril . . . and take a chance on love.

Breathtaking romance, a captivating mystery, and an enchanting wintry seaside . . . return to Muir Harbor in bestselling author Melissa Tagg’s latest.

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26 responses to “First Line Friday (week 310): A Seaside Wonder

  1. Gloria A

    I have this and cannot wait to read it. Love the cover. I am reading Kill Them With Canvas by Bailee Abbott and the first line is: “Husb, Max. You’re scaring away the ducks.”

  2. Sounds like a great book. Looks like I need to look into Melissa Tagg’s previous books as I haven’t read anything by her yet.
    I just discovered your link up. I was wondering, do you happen to have an image for your linky or your blog that I can include in my Friday Fun posts. I link to two other Friday link ups in this post.

    • hi Karen! Great to have you here! And yes you must read Melissa’s books – they are fabulous 🙂 You can grab my blog button in the sidebar if you’d like. Would love to have you join us!

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    That cover is gorgeous!
    My first line comes from Within These Gilded Halls by Abigail Wilson.
    Southern England, 1819
    Hunting the treasure without me?
    A fascinating book!

  4. Janice Moore

    I would love to read the book you are featuring! The cover is amazing!
    I am reading “Keeping Love Alive as Memories Fade” by Gary Chapman, PhD. It starts with, “Ed and Rebecca: A Love Story…. It was a beautiful North Carolina morning in August 2013.”

  5. Marion Gilmore

    Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania
    “Don’t push, Meredith! Don’t push!” Laurie shouted as she directed her horse and buggy to a clearing along the side of the road next to an open field. (A Revelation in Autumn Part 5 of 6 in Large Print by Wanda E. Brunstetter)

  6. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    When death came to visit, no one ever prepared tea and cookies. The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jaime Jo Wright.

  7. I’m currently reading Authentically, Izzy by Pepper Basham. It’s super cute!
    “In my psychology class we learned that the best way to deal with sensitive artistic personalities like Eli’s is to ask questions to help them come to their own conclusions. Directness may lead to internal wounds. Or was that about counseling teenagers? Oh well, I’m sure it works for both.”
    Have a great weekend!!!

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