First Line Friday (week 365): A Return to Hawthorne House

Posted October 26, 2023 by meezcarrie in 2023 The Christy Award, Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Kristi Ann Hunter, romance / 11 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 A Return to Hawthorne House collection by Kristi Ann Hunter, specifically “Always a Lady” which is a finalist for 2023’s The Christy Award! Kristi is so fun to hang out with, so I’m super happy that she is one of the participating authors at the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous reader event in November. Only a few days before the price goes up – are you coming??!! I can’t wait to see you!

A Return to Hawthorne House by Kristi Ann Hunter

and the first line is…

“A lady never refuses a dance unless she wishes to cause a great scandal or make a definitive statement, Mother.”

Always a Lady

Despite he fact that her daughter is not cooperating, Caroline, Duchess of Riverton is determined to ensure every one of her children marries someone they love as much as she loved their late father. William, the widowered Earl of Blackstone, is delighted to have his days of escorting daughters approaching an end. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to a woman who is just starting such a journey. Are they each too set in their ways to grasp this chance to have a second love?

The Lady’s Maid

When Lydia Smith began her career as a parlor maid, she knew love and marriage wasn’t likely in her future. Dreaming about the boy next door as she dusted seemed harmless until he started working as the new valet under the same roof. When Finch needs her help with a special project, will it give them a chance to defy expectations and find love or ruin their happiness forever?

BONUS – PRINT ONLY – A Lady of Esteem

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11 responses to “First Line Friday (week 365): A Return to Hawthorne House

  1. Debra Pruss

    This is from an ARC by Katy Lee and Sharee Stover. “Jasmine? Veronica Eastwood called out to her sister through the cabin wall.”

  2. Gloria A

    “If I’m going to drown, it might as well be in chocolate syrup.”
    Spoon To Be Dead by Dana Mentink

  3. Oh this looks good! I’m starting to really enjoy second chance romance stories – I guess it’s my own advancing age that makes those ones interesting to me.

  4. Carol Wilson

    A high and lonely wail drifted down from the deep blue of the autumn sky. ~ Battle for the Crown, Dawn Shipman

  5. Kay Garrett

    Hadley Logan pulled into the driveway of her 1920’s Craftsman bungalow and released a contented sigh, allowing the stress of the day to fade away.
    ABDUCTED AT CHRISTMAS by Rhonda Starnes

  6. The first lines of Why Write goes like this:
    “Why write?
    Why write when so many forces in the world seem pitched against writing?
    Why write when it sometimes feels that so few people really read?”
    And the list continues…

  7. Bonnie Kaiser

    “Rain pelted the ceiling-to-floor windows of the family room,” from A Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer Trust me, it does get more exciting after that,

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