First Line Friday — The Weaver’s Daughter

13 Apr

Happy Friday everyone! In honor of Sarah E. Ladd‘s newest novel, The Weaver’s Daughter, releasing this week, I am featuring its first line. From the first book I read by Ladd, she became a go-to author of Regency romance. I can’t wait to dig into this book next month.

Please leave a comment with the first line of the book closest to you, then head over to Hoarding Books for more fun!

Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions? Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder — including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.



24 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Weaver’s Daughter”

  1. susandyer1962 April 13, 2018 at 6:04 am #

    Oh I love that cover!

    Happy Friday! My FLF comes from a book I will be reading soon, Her Fear by Shelley Shepard Gray…….

    Until that moment, Sadie Detweiler hadn’t thought mere words could hurt so badly. But as Harlan continued to speak, each word cutting her as deeply as if it were a shard of glass, Sadie felt her heart was bleeding.

    Have an awesome weekend and Happy Reading!😎

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 6:55 am #

      Great intro to the book! Thanks for sharing!

  2. barbarabrutt April 13, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    “I am not sure I will live long enough to finish this account.” – The Man with Two Names by Vincent B. Davis II

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      Oh! Thanks for sharing.

  3. joyofreadingweb April 13, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Great minds think alike! I’m also sharing The Weaver’s Daughter today <3 It is such a great story! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      Glad to here you loved it. Happy Friday!

  4. bellesmoma16 April 13, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    I cannot wait to get to this book!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Chasing the Wind by Paula Scott. Here I will post the first line from the prologue of Romeo and Juliet. It’s the book closest to me right now because I’m currently teaching it to my 9 Honors kiddos.

    “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood make civil hands unclean.”

    Have an excellent Friday and a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      It’s been years and years since I read that! Thanks for sharing. It’s beautiful isn’t it?

      • bellesmoma16 April 13, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

        It really is! I love sharing this play with my students! Have a great weekend.

  5. thebeccafiles April 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    My FLF is from one of my favorites by Terri Blackstock called Covenant Child.
    “There’s a question that haunts me in the blackest hours of night, when wasted moments crowd my dreams and mock the life I know. The question is this: How could a child born of privilege and promise grow up with nothing?”
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

      Great opening from a great author!

  6. carylkane April 13, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m excited to read one!

    Elin Carlson walked into the barn and everything changed. – until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

      Love Austin!

  7. Carrie April 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    i loved that book!

    My current first line is from Kathy Herman’s Only By Death – “Liam Berne was about to commit murder – at least according to Arkansas law.”

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

      I haven’t read anything by Herman in several years. #mustfinishsomeseries

      • Carrie April 14, 2018 at 11:26 am #

        lol i hear ya

  8. nashpredsfan27 April 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    Another one I’m looking forward to getting lost in soon!

    I’m reading Julie by Catherine Marshall right now. The first line is: “Our 1928 Willys-Knight had been climbing for at least ten miles, one hairpin turn after another, under a threatening sky.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

      Can’t wait to get that one!

  9. Anneliese Dalaba April 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm #

    Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring Jen Turano’s book, A Match of Wits. Here I will share the first line on page 113 of a book I’m currently reading, The Heaven Answer Book by Billy Graham. “Marriage in Heaven will be on a much higher plane because the church will be united with Christ.” Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm #


  10. hjsnyder28 April 13, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this book–love the cover! Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary April 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

      Me to! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Yvette - Bookworlder April 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    I so agree about Sarah Ladd – I was feeling a little anti-regency-written-in-modern-times, but then I read Dawn at Emberwilde and I was hooked! I’m so looking forward to this new book!

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary April 14, 2018 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks! You too!

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