Friday, May 7, 2021

First Line Fridays: A Stage for Harriet by Mary-Celeste Ricks

Happy Friday!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first line from A Stage for Harriet by Mary-Celeste Ricks.

"Virginia wrestled the carriage window open and took a gasping breath of fresh air."

Have you read A Stage for Harriet? If not, check out the book blurb below. As it happens, this novel is currently sitting in my TBR stack, but I look forward to reading it soon.

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!

About the Book:

When farmer's daughter Harriet Shore flees her small seaside town to accept a position as a governess in London, attending lavish balls and parties is the last thing on her mind. She long ago gave up her childish notion of acting, but when the Duchess of Dorset notices Harriet's uncanny resemblance to her own daughter, Virginia, the duchess offers Harriet the role of a lifetime.

Befriending and impersonating Virginia is easy enough at first, but Harriet's double life quickly becomes complicated. When her childhood sweetheart, Stephan Grimsby, arrives on the scene, along with some unwanted suitors, the entire charade threatens to unravel.

If Harriet maintains the illusion and pleases the duchess, her dreamed-of happy ending would be within reach, but her new friend Virginia might suffer a terrible fate.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


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    5 June. 1906. Penzance, Cornwall, England
    More beauty than Lady Elizabeth Sinclair had ever thought possible beckoned to her-a turquoise sea, blue sky wisped with soft white clouds, birds cartwheeling through the air, islands studding it all with the promise of life she’d never had the opportunity to examine up close.

  2. Happy Friday! My first line is from "The Harmony of Love" by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    "Gavin Colley walked along the wide carpeted hallway, hoping his stride looked purposeful and confident to anyone he passed."

  3. Happy Friday!
    Today, I'm sharing the first line from The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White: I'm still reading this book so I'll share another line from this book.
    "Libby had to bite her lip to keep the laughter from spilling out at the way Oliver Tremayne's eyes yet again went wide with panic."
    Have a great weekend. Happy reading! ๐Ÿ˜€❤๐Ÿ“š

  4. Happy Sunday! This week on my blog, I shared the first line from The Paris Betrayal by James R. Hannibal: "From a rooftop perch, Ben Calix watched the courier leave the Tiber and cross the piazza."