First Line Friday — The Captured Bride

25 May


This week, my First Line Friday post comes from the book at the top of my TBR pile — The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep.  I am digging into this beauty this weekend. Part of the excellent Daughters of The Mayflower Series, this historical romance promises to be a great read. What about you? What is the first line of your current or next read? Share in the comments and then head over to Hoarding Books to discover more fabulous first lines!


A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady

Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause . . . to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart. Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort — but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought. Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?


Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of both Regency and Colonial historical romances but also leaped the writerly fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. Keep up with her escapades at www.michellegriep.comor stalk her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.

20 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Captured Bride”

  1. Fiction Aficionado May 25, 2018 at 6:24 am #

    This one is coming up for me in a week or so. Looking forward to it!

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘Dancing in the Rain’ by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery on my blog today, but I’m currently up to chapter eleven, so here’s the first line from chapter eleven:

    “Nervous energy filled Loni’s stomach as her plane made its descent into Blountville, Tennessee.”

    • rbclibrary May 25, 2018 at 6:31 am #

      Enjoy your book! Happy weekend!

  2. joyofreadingweb May 25, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    One of my favorites!! Love it!

    • rbclibrary May 25, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Great to hear!

  3. Anneliese Dalaba May 25, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve only read one book by this author and loved it. This one is on my to-be-read list. Today on my blog I am sharing a book I read a long time ago by Mary Connealy that I greatly enjoyed, Petticoat Ranch. Here I will share the first line from the book I am currently reading/studying, “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray. “You’ve been at an intersection before, waiting for the red light to change, and had that uneasy feeling: Is the bus next to me moving forward or am I in reverse?” This book is about finding meaning and clarity in a post-truth world. I highly recommend this author. Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

    • rbclibrary May 25, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. Happy Friday!

  4. bellesmoma16 May 25, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    This one is on my review schedule for June. I cannot wait to read it!!!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from To Kill a Mockingbird — one of my most favorite books ever written. So here I will share from the book I am currently reading, The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck. I am just beginning chapter 14, so I will share the first line from there.

    “Try as I might, I can’t release Sam’s kiss from my memory.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 25, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      Ooh! Great line! Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. susandyer1962 May 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

    Happy Friday!😊

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading soon, My Heart Belongs in Niagra Falls New York by Amanda Barratt.

    As the coachman loaded her trunk onto the carriage, nausea churned in Adele’s stomach.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😀

    • rbclibrary May 25, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      Yikes! A good line, but not a good way to start a journey. Happy Friday!

  6. BookwormMama14 May 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

    • rbclibrary May 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

      Me too. Starting tonight!

  7. Paula Shreckhise May 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    My first line is also from The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep from the Mayflower Brides series.
    However, this is from Chapter 18.

    Night faded like a bruise, the predawn darkness lightening in increments from black to indigo, painting the world in deep blue.

    Michelle certainly has a lyrical way with words. This book is not unlike Last of the Mohicans only much more readable than Cooper!

    • rbclibrary May 25, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

      I really liked Last of The Mohicans, so I’m now more excited to start this book. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. thebeccafiles May 25, 2018 at 9:36 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog this week is Unblemished by Sara Ella but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from chapter 4 here: “The expression on El’s face before the wall closed was all the proof I required.” Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend! 🙂

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2018 at 6:02 am #

      Well that’s intriguing! I’ve heard wonderful things about this book. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Iola May 26, 2018 at 4:35 am #

    I’ve never read The Last of the Mohicans, but I found the movie dreadfully slow. Beautiful cinematography, but so slow! It sounds like this is a much better option 🙂

    My blog post today is sharing the first line from Solo Tu by Narelle Atkins. It’s book #7 in the Tuscan Legacy series, and is set in Australia. I’m currently reading another beach book – Sanover Beach Memories by Emma St. Clair. Here’s the first line:

    “They had both been grounded for a week when Jenna’s father found the initials she and Steve carved into the birch tree.”

    Happy Memorial Day weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2018 at 6:01 am #

      Well you can’t go by me. I loved Moby Dick too! But you’re right this book will be a better option! Thanks for sharing your first line.

  10. hjsnyder28 May 26, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    Happy Saturday and Memorial Day weekend!

    • rbclibrary May 26, 2018 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks. You too!

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