First Line Friday (week 393): The Girl from the Hidden Forest

Posted May 9, 2024 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, Hannah Linder, historical, romance / 4 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 Girl from the Hidden Forest by Hannah Linder. I really enjoy this author’s Gothic Regency novels, and I look forward to reading this one – hopefully soon!


The Girl from the Hidden Forest by Hannah Linder

and the first line of The Girl from the Hidden Forest is

Something was wrong.


The nightmares may free her…but destroy the man she loves.

Enjoy another Gothic Style Regency from Hannah Linder.

Eliza Ellis has stayed hidden in Balfour Forest for as long as she can remember. Perhaps her only friends are the trees, or her little dog, or her story-telling father called Captain. But at least she is safe from the cruel world outside, a world Captain has warned her against and protected her from.

That is, until a handsome stranger named Felton Northwood invades her quiet forest and steals her away. Why does he tell such lies? Why does he insist that her name is Miss Eliza Gillingham, daughter of a viscount, who disappeared fourteen years ago after the murder of her own mother? A murder Eliza is said to have witnessed.

When Felton returns Eliza to Monbury Manor and reunites her with a man who is told to be her father, all she remembers are the strange nightmares that have plagued her since childhood. Why have they suddenly grown worse? Are the answers hidden inside her own mind?

As danger mounts and lethal attempts are made on her life, Eliza and Felton must work together to uncover the identity of a killer who has stayed silent for fourteen years. When she finally uncovers the horrendous memories trapped in her mind, will divulging the truth cost her the man she loves—and both of their lives?

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4 responses to “First Line Friday (week 393): The Girl from the Hidden Forest

  1. Gloria A

    Hannah Linder is a new to me author, but I keep hearing about her books. I did buy a couple of them but haven’t read them yet. Need to. I am reading The Crown Conspiracy by Connie Mann. It is very good so far. The first line:
    Hope is an anchor for the soul.
    Prologue
    Along the West Coast of Italy-1750
    She ran down the quiet streets, her fine leather slippers making no sound on the worn cobblestones.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Rain Jordan belonged in the mountains. She thrived in their complicated beauty, their indomitable obstacles. It was the place she found it easiest to believe that the world made sense.
    HIGH-STAKES BLIZZARD by Rebecca Hopewell

  3. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently finishing up Love’s Winding Road by Susan F. Craft. It’s a pretty adventurous story!
    “Her heart pounded as visions of Daniel danced through her mind.”
    I hope you have an excellent weekend with LOTS of fun reading time.

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