First Line Friday (week 349): Appointment in Bath

Posted July 6, 2023 by meezcarrie in clean, First Line Fridays, historical, Mimi Matthews, romance / 17 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 Appointment in Bath by Mimi Matthews. She is one of my very fave Victorian clean romance authors, and if you haven’t read her books yet you really need to!

and the first line is…

“Are you hurt?”

A chance meeting between the sheltered daughter and the forward-thinking son of rival Victorian families sparks a forbidden romance in USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews’s fourth book in her acclaimed Somerset Stories series.

Shy and stammering Meg Burton-Smythe has spent the whole of her life living on the fringes of local society. She’s more comfortable with her daydreams than she is with people. But when a dashing, golden-haired hero rides to her rescue one morning, she dares to hope that her dreams might finally come true. There’s only one problem: her handsome rescuer is the son of her father’s sworn enemy.

Ivo Beresford doesn’t believe in clinging to the past. Freshly returned from a lengthy grand tour, he’s looking to the future, eager to spearhead the building of a new railway extension in Somersetshire. But an unexpected encounter with Meg Burton-Smythe, the isolated only daughter of his parents’ oldest foe, sets the past and the future colliding.

Resolved to put ancient grudges to rest—at least where innocent young ladies are concerned—Ivo encourages lonely Meg to embark on a secret friendship. After all, what harm can a friendship do? It isn’t as though there’s any danger of the two of them falling in love…

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17 responses to “First Line Friday (week 349): Appointment in Bath

  1. Gloria A

    I read Gentleman Jim in this series and loved it. I need to go back and read the rest. I am reading Two to Tango by Kathleen Fuller. The first line is “Olivia Farnsworth always had a plan.”

  2. First Line of Deadly Deceiver. “His captor hit him in the back with the cold steel muzzle of the Glock.”
    S. A. Stacy’s second book is starting out as good as the first.

  3. Kay Garrett

    “Are you sure you won’t need a ride back?”
    Molly Schultz forced herself to smile at her friend, Adele King.

  4. I really like Mimi Matthews but haven’t read the previous titles in this series. I do have this one on my TBR though, because it sounds so good! Hope you’re enjoying it!

    • you can probably start with this one and then go back and read the others. I would start with the one just before this one though, if you can.

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