First Line Friday — Presumption And Partiality

4 May

I love Austen variations! So today I am sharing volume 5 in the Vintage Jane Austen collection, Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones. This novel is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but set in Depression-era Arizona. If you are a fan of Austen, especially P&P, check it out! But first, comment with the first line of the book closest to you. Happy Friday!


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Among the cotton fields and farmland of Gilbert, Arizona in the early years of the Great Depression, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey live a simple, but happy life with their five daughters on a cotton farm. When the wealthy Richard Buchanan moves to town, bringing his family, a friend, and a desire to learn about cotton, Matilda Bailey is convinced that he is the perfect candidate to marry her eldest daughter, Alice. Richard is cheerful, friendly, and likable. His friend Sidney Dennison doesn’t make such a good impression. Eloise Bailey decides he’s arrogant and self-conceited, but when Raymond Wolfe comes to town, accusing Sidney of dishonorable and treacherous conduct, Eloise is angered at the injustice of the situation. When the Buchanan household leaves town, Alice must turn to the Lord and face, perhaps, her most difficult test in trust, while Eloise takes a trip to visit her friend and may well discover a web of deceit that she doesn’t really want to believe exists.

Rebekah Jones is a mystery author, as well as the writer of children’s books. She is a born again Christian and works to let her books reflect her worldview. Besides being an avid reader, she is also a songwriter, pianist, artist, and history student, as well as a homemaker-in-training. She lives with her family in the Southwestern Desert.


22 Responses to “First Line Friday — Presumption And Partiality”

  1. joyofreadingweb May 4, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Mary Connealy’s The Accidental Guardian. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 8 of the same book.
    “A scream jerked Trace awake.”
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

      I just found your comment in the spam pile! So sorry. That sometimes happens.

  2. Suzie May 4, 2018 at 7:53 am #

    This was an interesting take on Pride & Prejudice. I liked that you got more character perspectives in it than the original!

    I’m currently reading His Surprise Son by Allie Pleiter: “Here comes the bride. For Jean Matrim, the arrival of Matrimony Valley’s first bride was a victory.”

    Have a fabulous weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 4, 2018 at 8:19 am #

      Great first line! Happy Friday!

  3. susandyer1962 May 4, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Happy Friday! 😀

    Today my FLF is from a book I will be reading very soon, An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund.

    “Stop prostituting yourselves and run to the loving Father who will embrace you with forgiveness.” Reverend Bedell’s voice rose above the sniffles and muffled weeping of the women crowded on trestle benches of Centre Street Chapel.

    Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!📚😀

    • rbclibrary May 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Wow! That’s good!

  4. lelandandbecky May 4, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Storm Front (Montana Rescue Book #5) by Susan May Warren:

    “Ty Remington blamed the homemade orange marmalade cake for why he found himself huddled under an overhang off some faraway path in Glacier National Park, shivering, praying he might live through the night.”

    • rbclibrary May 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Great line! Have a good weekend!

  5. Becky May 4, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    Oh, I love Jane Austen variations. I’m adding this to my TBR immediately.

    I’m featuring Pepper Basham’s, “A Twist of Faith” on my blog today. Since I have Lindsay Harrel’s, “The Heart Between Us” in front of me, I’ll share my first line from here.

    “Amy says in order to move forward, I have to stop clinging to past.”

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!

  6. bettylouise31 May 4, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    Good to see another review on this book. Today, I am featuring Joanne Pence ‘s Rebecca Mayfield series, a police procedural and mystery

    • rbclibrary May 4, 2018 at 12:01 pm #

      Oh! I love that genre. Will have to check it out.

      • bettylouise31 May 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

        There ,6 books. There a mystery in each book. It is a story between a locker officer and you are left to wonder if Richi Amafti is connected to the mob. Great stories as Joanne Pence are.

  7. Anneliese Dalaba May 4, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    On my blog today, I’m featuring “The Substitute Wife” by Dorothy Clark. Here, I will share the first line of Chapter Three in “A Civil Contract” by Georgette Heyer, the book I’m currently reading. “When Adam left Mount Street Lord Oversley suffered some qualms of conscience, fearing that he had raised hopes that he might presently be obliged to dash to earth.” I love this authors writing style. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 5, 2018 at 7:03 am #

      Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

  8. thebeccafiles May 4, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

    The book I’m sharing on my blog is The Road Home by Beverly Lewis but here I’ll share the book I just finished today called A Higher Ransom by Aleigha C Israel: “Anna Haddington took a deep breath of the salty air.”

  9. Yvette - Bookworlder May 4, 2018 at 11:36 pm #

    I can be a bit skeptical about Austen retellings, but the 1930’s setting is calling to me 😀

    I’m sharing from my current read, No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens, on my blog today, so here is the first line from an upcoming read, Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber:

    “The moment Earth’s United World Council officially placed seventeen-year-old Sofi Snow at the top of their Imminent Terrorist Threat list, a siren went off in the circular downtown building, and she became the most wanted teenager alive.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary May 5, 2018 at 7:02 am #

      I’ve heard great things about both books. Happy weekend!

  10. Iola May 5, 2018 at 3:08 am #

    I’m definitely a P&P fan, although I have to admit the Depression isn’t my favourite historical time setting.

    Today I’m sharing the first line of That’s Amore by Marion Ueckermann on my blog. It’s the first book in the new multi-author Tuscan Legacy series. I’m now reading the third book, Rapsodia (Rhapsody) by Alexa Verde. Here’s the first line:

    Marco Carter would rather spend a day in a pit with snakes than an hour on a plane.

    Personally, I love flying and hate snakes. What about you?

    • rbclibrary May 5, 2018 at 6:59 am #

      I’ve gotten back in the hang of flying after a decade of non-plane travel. Snakes … I’ll never get the hang of. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Heather May 5, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, so I will have to read this one. 🙂 Happy Saturday!

    • rbclibrary May 5, 2018 at 11:25 am #

      Hope you enjoy!

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