First Line Friday — The Thief of Lanwyn Manor

29 Nov

Happy Black Friday! Are you shopping before dropping? Or are you like me who avoids the crowds and shops online? Because I do most of my shopping in the comfort of my home and in my pajamas 😉 , I spend Black Friday reading! Today I am sharing the first line of a book I hope to crack open soon — The Thief of Lanwyn Manor. Isn’t the cover beautiful?! And because I love Sarah Ladd‘s novels, I know I am going to enjoy this book.

What will you be reading this holiday weekend? Leave a comment with your first line before heading over to Hoarding Books for more fun!



In Regency England an advantageous match could set up a lady for life. Julia knows Matthew Blake, copper mine owner and very eligible bachelor, is the gentleman she should set her eyes upon. But why can’t she steal her gaze away from his younger brother, Isaac?

Cornwall, England, 1818

Julia Twethewey needs a diversion to mend her broken heart, so when her cousin invites her to Lanwyn Manor, Julia eagerly accepts. The manor is located at the heart of Cornwall’s mining industry, and as a guest Julia is swept into its intricate world. It’s not long, though, before she realizes something dark lurks within the home’s ancient halls.

As a respected mine owner’s younger son, Isaac Blake is determined to keep his late father’s legacy alive through the family business, despite his brother’s careless attitude. In order to save their livelihood — and that of the people around them — the brothers approach the master of Lanwyn Manor with plans to bolster the floundering local industry. Isaac can’t deny his attraction to the man’s charming niece, but his brother has made clear his intentions to court the lovely visitor. And Isaac knows his place.

When tragedy strikes, mysteries arise, and valuables go missing, Julia and Isaac find they are pulled together in a swirl of strange circumstances, but despite their best efforts to bow to social expectations, their hearts aren’t so keen to surrender

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.


12 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Thief of Lanwyn Manor”

  1. Suzanne Sellner November 29, 2019 at 9:00 am #

    I’ve loved Sarah Ladd’s books, to which I’ve mostly listened on MP3 CDs. This one sounds intriguing!

    • rbclibrary December 1, 2019 at 7:17 am #

      And isn’t the cover beautiful?

  2. bellesmoma16 November 29, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from On My Honour by Elizabeth Johns. I’m at the 72% mark in the book, so I’ll share another line here.

    “Meg had to do something.”

    Happy reading! 🙂❤📖

    • rbclibrary December 1, 2019 at 7:16 am #

      Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Paula Shreckhise November 29, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

    Need to catch up on Sarah Ladd!
    My first line is from When I Close My Eyes by Elizabeth Musser :
    October, 2015 Friday
    The lady came out of the book store- it was all decorated for Halloween, all sizes and colors of pumpkins making faces at me from where .i watched across Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.

    • rbclibrary December 1, 2019 at 7:16 am #

      I need to get that book. Love Elizabeth Musser!

  4. lelandandbecky November 29, 2019 at 7:33 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Ruby Jane: The Montana Marshalls” by Susan May Warren:

    Prologue: “Aw, York just knew this would happen.”

    • rbclibrary December 1, 2019 at 7:16 am #

      This looks like a fun series!

  5. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) November 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm #

    Happy Saturday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott: “You can’t be the photographer.”

    • rbclibrary December 1, 2019 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. thebeccafiles November 30, 2019 at 8:49 pm #

    This week on my blog I shared the first line from Wings Like a Dove by Camille Eide. It’s what I’m reading right now so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (9) here: “Anna greeted her students Monday morning with a cheer she did not feel.” Have a great weekend and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary December 1, 2019 at 7:15 am #

      I started that book yesterday. So far, I love it!

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