First Line Friday (+Giveaway!) — Practically Married

8 Nov

A modern day marriage of convenience! That’s what you get in Practically Married by Karin Beery. I will be starting this contemporary romance in the coming days. Can’t wait!

As part of my 10 Year Blogiversary I am giving away a Big Box of Books! Included is an ARC of Practically Married. Click HERE for the link for the giveaway post.

What are you reading? Please share your current first line, then head over to Hoarding Books for more fun!



Ashley Johnson moved to northern Michigan to finally meet her fiancé face-to-face, but she arrived in time to attend his funeral. With no home back in Ohio, she decides to stay in what would have been their house, except his cousin Russ lives there too, and Russ has never heard of Ashley. To complicate matters, her fiancé accidentally willed her the family farm house. Eager to please everyone and desperate to disappoint no one, she proposes a marriage of convenience that could solve her and Russ’ problems, if they can get past her aunt, his sisters, and an ex-girlfriend.

Born and raised in Michigan, Karin Beery wrote her first novel in high school (mostly during government and psychology classes – sorry Mr. Winkle). Today she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When not writing fiction, she’s editing or teaching others at conferences and through the PEN Institute. When not engaged in writerly pursuits, she enjoys time at home in Northern Michigan with her husband and fur babies.


5 Responses to “First Line Friday (+Giveaway!) — Practically Married”

  1. joyofreadingweb November 8, 2019 at 9:09 am #

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham.
    Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 5 —
    “There was something about front porch swings.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of bookish delights!

  2. bellesmoma16 November 8, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    Happy Friday! 😀

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller: I’m currently reading Once Upon a Christmas, a novella collection. I’ll share a line from there:

    “Stretching her arm, Li slammed her hand on her phone and tapped to snooze the alarm.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with awesome reading time. 🙂❤📖

  3. lelandandbecky November 8, 2019 at 10:14 pm #

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “The Strength of Their Love” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Forrest Williams slammed his hand on the nightstand, trying to find his phone so he could shut off the racket the alarm was making.”

  4. Paula Shreckhise November 8, 2019 at 10:17 pm #

    My first line is from The Pursuit of Home by Kristi Hunter

    Marlborough, England 1816
    Sometimes, despite time, distance, and a significant amount of ignoring it, the past never quite went away.

  5. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) November 9, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    Happy Saturday! Today I’m sharing the first line from Forged Through Fire: A Reconstructive Surgeon’s Story of Survival, Faith, and Healing by Mark D. McDonough, MD: “I woke perspiring as an intense wall of heat rolled across the room.”

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