First Line Friday — A Wreath of Snow

15 Dec

This week the folks at Hoarding Books have prompted bloggers to share a line related to travel or winter. I have a book that not only meets both of those criteria, but also Christmas! Win-win-win! The book is A Wreath of Snow by one of my favorites, Liz Curtis Higgs. This Victorian novella has its heroine traveling by train on Christmas Eve. You can read my review HERE.

Join in on the fun by sharing your first line in the comments and then heading over to Hoarding Books to discover other participating bloggers. Happy Friday!


Christmas Eve 1894

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.
Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.
When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?
As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.


What’s your first line?


30 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Wreath of Snow”

  1. Fiction Aficionado December 15, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    Brrrrrrrr! That does not sound comfortable!

    I’m sharing the first line from The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright on my blog today, but at the moment, I’m reading ‘Beneath the Blackberry Moon’ by April Gardiner, so I’m going to share the first few lines of that here:

    “From inside the cool, shadowy wood, Totka Lawe squinted into a bright meadow. Its broad sea of undulating bromegrass lay empty. Deceptive.”

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 7:15 am #

      Great first line! Also, I have got to read Wright’s book! I think it will be a surprise selection for my book club. 😉 . Thanks for sharing!

  2. joyofreadingweb December 15, 2017 at 8:23 am #

    Great minds think alike! I’m also sharing A Wreath of Snow on my FLF post today!! Last evening I started reading “A Match of Sorts” by Lucette Nel

    “She changed her mind.”

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      Yay! And as for your first line, it is her prerogative! 🙂

      • joyofreadingweb December 15, 2017 at 9:03 am #

        Yes, it is. It also makes for a great intro to the story!

  3. Phyllis December 15, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    On my blog I have a winter themed First Line Friday post from Mending Christmas. But here I’ll cheat and post from the book I just finished.

    My first line is from Then Came You by Becky Wade.
    Sylvie left me today.

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      :(. Love Becky’s books!

  4. Anneliese Dalaba December 15, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    I love the cover! The story sounds interesting, too. I’m featuring At Your Request by Jen Turano on my blog. Here I will share the first line from The Boy and the Clock by A. Lynn Bassett. This is a children’s book. “Tick-tock, tick-tock. Only three minutes stood between Charlie Higgins and the best summer ever!”

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 9:49 am #

      That line brought a smile to my face! Thanks for sharing!

  5. susandyer1962 December 15, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Happy Friday!

    My FLF is from Candy Lane Christmas by Jackie Castle
    CANDYCE BARKLEY TOSSES the fake engagement ring, the last token of her sordid past, out the window onto the highway 35N.

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 11:17 am #

      Ooh! I love it!

  6. carylkane December 15, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    Gorgeous cover!

    It was days like this, when the sun bounced off Lake Superior with an eye-squinting brilliance, that Bree Nicholls forgot all her qualms about living where the Snow King ruled nine months of the year. – Without a Trace by Colleen Coble

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 11:18 am #

      Great line, book, series, and author!!

  7. Paula Shreckhise December 15, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    My first few lines are from Christmas at Carnton by Tammy Alexander:
    “Very nice stitching, Mrs Prescott. “
    Aletta looked up, not having heard her employer’s approach. Focused on her task, she was determined to leave the factory on time that afternoon. It was a special day, after all, and Andrew would be excited. Her son needed encouragement. They both did.

    Super good book as always from Tammy.
    Merry Christmas blessings everyone!

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

      This book looks so good!

  8. Beth Erin December 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Great pick! I love the cover! Here’s the first line of my current read, Too Far Down by Mary Connealy:
    Skull Gulch, New Mexico Territory
    February 1881
    An explosion brought Cole Boden to his feet.

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

      Love the name of the town. And the story definitely starts out with a bang. “groan” Sorry I couldn’t resist.

  9. Nicole Santana December 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    I am very intrigued by this book. I have seen a couple reviews on it, and it sounds like a fantastic read.

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey. I am currently on chapter 14, so I will share the first three lines from that chapter here.

    “‘Are you busy?’ Adele looked up from the book lying in her lap. Uncle Osbourne stood at the threshold of the library.”

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

      The answer should be “uh, yeah!”. She is reading. 😉

  10. Heather December 15, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    Loved this book! Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

      And a great weekend to you!

  11. Amanda Tero December 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Such a beautiful cover!! 🙂

    I’m in-between [fiction] books at this very minute, so don’t have a first line of my current read. 😉 This week on my blog, though, I’m sharing about another adorable children’s book. 🙂 I think I’ve become addicted to those. 😉

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

      Because I am “in between” children (grown kids and no grands 😉 ) my only children’s book reading nowadays is review copies. I love them.

      • Amanda Tero December 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

        I have plenty of younger sisters and a niece and nephew now, so that’s where I get my enjoyment. 😉

  12. Suzie Waltner December 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

    That right there makes me want to head straight to the Keurig for a warm drink 🙂

    The first line from the next book I’m reading is:

    It was no surprise to me that I’d lost track of time.
    from A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm #

      Can’t wait to read Susie’s book. I love Pearl’s story.

  13. bettylouise31 December 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    The cover is eyecatching. It sound like interesting read. My link is

    • rbclibrary December 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by. I will definitely check out your link.

  14. honeybeerosewritings December 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    Water by Emory Gayle – from the Prologue: “My lungs burned”. – (Caution some foul language.

    • rbclibrary December 18, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

      Sounds intriguing.

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