Friday, June 25, 2021

First Line Fridays: A Companion for the Count by Sally Britton

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 Companion for the Count by Sally Britton.

"Clairvoir Castle, the Duke of Montfort's estate, housed over thirty servants, eight members of the duke's family, a governess, and Emma Arlen -- who really did not fit in any of the other categories of occupants."

A Companion for the Count will be my first novel by Sally Britton and I'm looking forward to it!

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

Happy reading!

About the Book:

Miss Emma Arlen’s position as a companion never included distracting her mistress’s suitors, but when a handsome Italian ambassador arrives determined to find an English bride, Emma happily takes up the cause.

Emma Arlen has spent a decade as a member of the duke’s family, in the position of companion to his daughter and ward to the duke himself. She would do anything to show her support to the ducal family for their love and kindness. When Lady Josephine begs Emma to distract a most determined Sicilian suitor, she agrees at once. How hard can it be to keep one man entertained for a few weeks?

Luca, the Conte di Atella, left his home in the newly formed Kingdom of the Two Sicilies under the direct orders of King Ferdinand I. Luca’s duty as ambassador to England includes everything from negotiating better trade agreements to strengthening the bonds between the two nations. If possible, by marrying a lady of high birth. When he optimistically sets his sights on Lady Elinor, Miss Arlen consistently disrupts his plans. The more time that passes, the more he realizes he does not mind at all.

Continually in the conte’s company, Emma recognizes in him a spirit of adventure and nobility like she has never witnessed before. When the time comes for him to go, will she be able to part with him and keep her heart intact?

As the second stand-alone novel in a new series by author Sally Britton, this story continues the Clairvoir Castle romances. This is a light-hearted, romantic series set in the Regency period.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


  1. I have not heard of this book or author!
    “Everybody thought Tansy Calhoun was heartbroken after Jeremy Simpson threw her over for Jolene Hoskins.” Along a Storied Trail by Ann Gabhart.

  2. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently reading Come back to Me by Jody Hedlund. I'm just starting chapter 11, so I'll share from there:
    "How could she possibly survive without money?"
    Hope you have an excellent weekend. Happy reading! 🙂❤📚

  3. This week I am featuring Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin, a stupendous book!

    The Netherlands. may 1945 prologue
    Every sound in the coal-black night seemed magnified as Lena lay awake in bed, waiting. She heard the quiet rustlings of the shadow people as they crept through the darkness in her farmhouse.

  4. Happy Weekend! My first line is from "Just Look Up" by Courtney Walsh:

    "Lane Kelley rested her hand on her knee, willing it to stop bouncing."

    1. That one is on my wish list! I just read my first book by her a few weeks ago and now I want to read them all!