First Line Friday (week 390): The British Booksellers

Posted April 18, 2024 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Kristy Cambron, multi-timeline, romance / 15 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 delighted to feature the first line of The British Booksellers by Kristy Cambron. Isn’t that cover so eye-catching?!? It’s a dual timeline story that goes from the trenches of the Great War to the Coventry Blitz of WW2.

The British Booksellers

and the first line of chapter one of The British Booksellers is

If the party had started… his goose was cooked.

Inspired by real accounts of the Forgotten Blitz bombings, The British Booksellers highlights the courage of those whose lives were forever changed by war—and the stories that bind us in the fight for what matters most.

A tenant farmer’s son had no business daring to dream of a future with an earl’s daughter, but that couldn’t keep Amos Darby from his secret friendship with Charlotte Terrington…until the reality of the Great War sobered youthful dreams. Now decades later, he bears the brutal scars of battles fought in the trenches and their futures that were stolen away. His return home doesn’t come with tender reunions, but with the hollow fulfillment of opening a bookshop on his own and retreating as a recluse within its walls.

When the future Earl of Harcourt chose Charlotte to be his wife, she knew she was destined for a loveless match. Though her heart had chosen another long ago, she pledges her future even as her husband goes to war. Twenty-five years later, Charlotte remains a war widow who divides her days between her late husband’s declining estate and operating a quaint Coventry bookshop—Eden Books, lovingly named after her grown daughter. And Amos is nothing more than the rival bookseller across the lane.

As war with Hitler looms, Eden is determined to preserve her father’s legacy. So when an American solicitor arrives threatening a lawsuit that could destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to preserve, mother and daughter prepare to fight back. But with devastation wrought by the Luftwaffe’s local blitz terrorizing the skies, battling bookshops—and lost loves, Amos and Charlotte—must put aside their differences and fight together to help Coventry survive.

From deep in the trenches of the Great War to the storied English countryside and the devastating Coventry Blitz of World War II, The British Booksellers explores the unbreakable bonds that unite us through love, loss, and the enduring solace that can be found between the pages of a book.

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15 responses to “First Line Friday (week 390): The British Booksellers

  1. Gloria A

    The weather turned out perfect for Dedication Day–sunny, with bright blue skies and a cool, Oregon breeze.
    A Deadly Stitch by Susan Sleeman

      • Gloria A

        It is part of Annie’s Attic Fiction, a series called Creative Woman Mysteries, about a group of women who knit. Sounds fun to me as I knit. Different authors write/wrote the books, like Susan Page Davis, Christy Barritt, Sharon Dunn, and others. This is the second book in the series. I believe you have to subscribe to purchase them, but they are available on eBay. I started it and could tell it wasn’t the first one, so I researched them. Now, I am trying to decide if I want to read it or purchase at least the first one. I can tell it is going to be a great series.

  2. Whitestone Manor, Hove Seaside, 1903

    I hadn’t decided if I’d tell the whole truth or not, when the men arrived. Peter would have, because he’s Peter. I, however, never let facts hinder the power of a good story.

    THE ELUSIVE TRUTH OF LILY TEMPLE by Joanna Davidson Politano

  3. I’m so excited to read this book. It looks SO good! 😍

    Happy Friday!
    I’m reading Loyally, Luke by Pepper Basham. It’s so good.
    “Luke’s phone buzzed to life on the table beside him as he finished up a few final emails to Mrs. Kershaw and Mr. Holton. Unknown number? He shrugged off the curiosity and went back to the email, giving a detailed account of all the finalized pieces of the kitchen remodel.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! Happy reading!!! 🙂❤️📚

  4. I can’t wait to read this one! I featured it as a new release that I’m looking forward to – hopefully I don’t have to keep looking forward for too long. It sounds so good!

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