First Line Friday — A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

30 Mar

Happy Friday everyone! Are you ready for some great first lines? This week I am sharing from Jody Hedlund‘s newest medieval novel, A Loyal Heart. I love, love that time period — knights, ladies, adventure — oh my!

Please leave a comment with your first line and then head over to Hoarding Books to find more fun!




He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most? When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor. As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life — betrothal to him. Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

Winner of 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.




14 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund”

  1. joyofreadingweb March 30, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    Oh, I’ll be reading this one soon!! Reading this first line has just increased my excitement! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 30, 2018 at 9:50 am #

      Yay! Happy reading and happy Easter!

  2. thebeccafiles March 30, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    Happy Good Friday!
    I just read my first Jody Hedlund books from the Orphan Train series! I plan on reading more of her soon!
    My FLF is from Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. “Three men watched intently as peculiar events occurred, one right after the other, on opposite sides of the globe.”
    Hope you have a wonderful Resurrection weekend! 🙂

    • rbclibrary March 30, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      I really liked the Orphan Train book too. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Heather March 30, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

    Happy Easter!

    • rbclibrary March 30, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

      Hope you have a happy Easter too!

  4. Paula Shreckhise March 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    My frist paragraph is from: Life on the Porcelain Edge by C.E. Hilbert

    Tessa Tarrington’s life was in the toilet.
    Job? FIRED
    Current residence? CHILDHOOD BEDROOM
    Love life? NON-EXISTENT.
    Her life was swirling in the bowl, just waiting for the ultimate flush.

    It’s humorous but deals with hard issues.

    • rbclibrary March 30, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

      Hilbert’s books are so good. Happy Friday!

  5. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog March 30, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    That’s quite the set up for a first line!

    I shared a different first line on my blog, but here’s the first line of my current read: “Aven peered down at the letter again, noted the address written in Aunt Dorothe’s hand, then looked back to the wooden sign that was staked into the ground.” -my ARC of Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

  6. BookwormMama14 March 31, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    I’m drooling over this book!

    • rbclibrary March 31, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

      Hope you get it into your hands soon! 😉

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