First Line Friday — Valentine’s Day Edition

16 Feb

I am sharing a book that has been on my TBR shelf a long time — A Heart Most Worthy. It really fits the Valentine’s theme with its beautiful pink and lacy cover. I love Siri Mitchell‘s books, and really need to find time to read this novel. The line isn’t actually the first, but the first to introduce one of the main characters. Have you read this book? I’d love to know why I should move it to the top of the pile.

Meanwhile share your first line in the comments, then head over to Hoarding Books to find out what other Valentine’s goodies await.



The elegance of Madame Forza’s gown shop is a far cry from the downtrodden North End of Boston. Yet each day Julietta, Annamaria, and Luciana enter the world of the upper class, working on finery for the elite in society. The three beauties each long to break free of their obligations and embrace the American dream and their chance for love. But the ways of the heart are difficult to discern at times. Julietta is drawn to the swarthy, mysterious Angelo. Annamaria has a star crossed encounter with the grocer’s son, a man from the entirely wrong family. And through no intent of her own, Luciana catches the eye of Billy Quinn, the son of Madame Forza’s most important client. Their destinies intertwined, each harboring a secret from their families and each other, will they be found worthy of the love they seek?


Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

34 Responses to “First Line Friday — Valentine’s Day Edition”

  1. 1bgpayne February 16, 2018 at 5:30 am #

    The dream came in waves, soft and gentle at first.
    Love’s Bright Tomorrow by Naomi Rawlings ❤

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 6:17 am #

      That makes me think the dream later becomes tumultuous. Happy Friday!

  2. nashpredsfan27 February 16, 2018 at 7:53 am #

    Happy Friday!

    The first line from a book I plan to finish this weekend: Wyatt Paxton never realized coming home could be as bittersweet as leaving. -A Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      I featured Sundin’s book a few weeks ago. I’ve had it on my shelf for a while, but I am waiting to read it for book club later this year. Impatiently waiting. LOL!

  3. debraemarvin February 16, 2018 at 7:53 am #

    Both of these are excellent examples of how that first line sets the stage for a character and setting!

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm #


  4. susandyer1962 February 16, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Today my First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading next week. A Mother’s Gift by Charlotte Hubbard.

    As Lenore Otto sat on the bed with Leah, wistfully watching the dusk of late November fill her daughter’s room, her heart was torn.

    Have an awesome weekend!!

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      What a wonderful line. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. joyofreadingweb February 16, 2018 at 8:37 am #

    Beautiful dress on the cover, and that first line really makes you want to know where she is sneaking off to!

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      I love, love the cover too.

  6. Paula Shreckhise February 16, 2018 at 9:30 am #

    My first line is from Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer:
    The cheerful tinkle of a bell alerted Grace Mallory to the arrival of a guest.

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      Great choice for this week! Have a good weekend.

  7. Anneliese Dalaba February 16, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Happy Friday! The book I’m featuring on my blog is Rumors and Promises by Kathleen Rouser. Since I’m on chapter 14, I’ll share the first line from that chapter here. “I insist that you stay here and rest today, Sophie.” Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      Haven’t heard of this book. I’ll need to check it out. Happy Friday!

  8. Amanda Tero February 16, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    Oh, I’ve got Siri Mitchell’s “Flirtation Walk” on my shelves! I hope to read it this year!

    I’m not actually in the middle of any fiction book (I’m reading like four non-fictions right now), but the book closest me is “A Lady Unrivaled” by Roseanna White (I read it in the beginning of the year and my mom just returned it to me and it’s not made it back to my shelves yet). It’s worth a mention so here’s the first line: “Lady Ella Myerston knew more than everyone thought she did–and more than they thought she should.”

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      Great line! I haven’t read anything by White, but I’ve heard such good things about her. Thanks for sharing!

  9. bellesmoma16 February 16, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from the new novella by Bell Renshaw, As Easy As Riding A Bike. It’s a really fun read.

    I am currently reading The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere. I am LOVING this story so much. I am just beginning chapter 7, so I will leave that first line here:

    “Rosalyn drew the blanket around her to ward off the chilly night air as the carriage moved briskly down the near-empty streets.”

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      Enjoy your book this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Heather Snyder February 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    I can’t recall if I have read this specific books, but I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read by this author. 🙂 Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2018 at 8:17 am #

      I like her books too. Need to get this one read.

  11. Yvette - Bookworlder February 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

    I haven’t read anything by Siri Mitchell yet, but grabbed three of her novels in a library booksale 😀 I’m sharing from the Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers Romance Collection (read through NetGalley) today. Here’s the first line from Partners in Crime by Vickie McDonough:

    “Run, Laurel. Run!”

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2018 at 8:16 am #

      Not sure whether to smile or be afraid for her! Happy weekend!

  12. Beware Of The Reader February 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    Happy Friday! Here are my lines: “It was her favorite dream.

    The golden dagger lay before Valia on a velvet cushion. Beautiful. Powerful. Deadly. She picked it up, the golden hilt ice cold against her skin.”

    These are the lines of a much awaited conclusion of the Falling Kingdoms series: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes.

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2018 at 8:15 am #

      Ooh! Enjoy the book!

  13. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog February 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    I haven’t read this (or any other book by Siri), but I do agree it has a beautiful cover!!! I have heard great things about her book Kissing Adrien and would like to read it soon.

    Here’s the first line of my current read: “Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivard listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the windows and shivered in her chest.” –A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green
    Happy weekend!

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2018 at 8:14 am #

      I’ve got to get this book! Thanks for sharing, Courtney.

  14. carylkane February 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm #


    Vincentio Rossi lifted his glass of ten-year-old Lombardi Brunello di Montalcino, closed his eyes, and sniffed the complex bouquet of the ruby red wine. – Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2018 at 8:18 am #

      I haven’t read this one. Love her books!

  15. Carrie February 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    what a pretty cover!

    My current first line is from Missy Tippens’ new novella “Her Valentine Reunion” (in the Back to You collection) – “In a preemptive strike against the Valentine’s Day funk that hit her every year in February, Abbie Rogers had been working on her latest craft project she’d dubbed Operation Kill Cupid.”

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2018 at 8:13 am #

      Hehe! Love it!

  16. lelandandbecky February 17, 2018 at 10:31 am #

    I know I’m late but yesterday was busy! Happy Weekend! My first line is from A Langhorne Romance (which is in Right Where We Belong collection) by Deborah Raney.

    “No sooner had Lily O’Neal plunged her hands into the sticky bread dough than the doorbell rang. Why did it always work that way?”

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

      Yes, why? 🙂 Happy relaxing weekend!

  17. honeybeerosewritings February 18, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    Bad Bloods: November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

    “Execution day was the best day.”

    • rbclibrary February 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm #

      Yikes! Thanks for sharing!

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