First Line Friday — Love of The Summerfields

3 Jan

Happy first Friday of 2020! While perusing my shelves for a first line to share, I realized (not for the first time) how far behind I am in my reading. I selected an historical novel by a favorite author, and then realized it has been on my shelf for 2 1/2 years! And it is certainly not the oldest acquired book in the house. I have got to do something to remedy the backlog of books that currently languish on my TBR shelves. I would resolve to read more books I already own, but I do that every year and fail, fail, fail! So I will content myself with sharing first lines from these deserving books until I can curb my desire for the new and shiny books coming out every month. Don’t hold your breath!

Are you reading from your shelves or are you a hopeless hoarder like me?


For more first lines from great book hoarders collectors, check out Hoarding Books. (The name says it all.)




For Downton Abbey fans!

1880 England

 The lives and loves of manor and village intertwine. Earl and shopkeeper, countess and clerk — all will be stunned and transformed by a secret that begs to be revealed. When the Weston family returns to Summerfield Manor at the close of the London social season, both village and manor relax into their normal existence. But for four women, turmoil awaits. Each must battle the restrictions of her position as her faith and character are tested.Adelaide Weston, the feisty and domineering dowager countess, is thrust out of her carefully structured life of duty by the reappearance of her first love. Ruth Weston, the manor’s reclusive, guilt-ridden countess, struggles to emerge from self-imposed exile to embrace her marriage, her family, and the duties of her position. Ruth’s loyal lady’s maid, Molly Wallace, juggles the demands of her job, the needs of her own tumultuous family, and a secret romance. And Lila Hayward, a shopkeeper’s daughter, finds herself in love with a viscount’s son who’s engaged to Ruth’s spoiled daughter. Lila is sorely tested when she is obliged to act as liaison between the two, putting her in constant contact with the man she loves but can never hope to win. None of these women expect a decades-old secret to unsettle the balance of her life — and the lives of everyone in Summerfield. Each will have a choice to make between her own happiness and a truth that will turn their carefully-ordered world upside down.

Nancy Moser and her husband live in the Midwest. She’s earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She knits voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique — humans included.



17 Responses to “First Line Friday — Love of The Summerfields”

  1. Barbara Harper January 3, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    I have read this one, but it’s been a couple of years. I haven’t read the sequels yet, but some of the characters do show up in some of Nancy’s other books, which is fun.

    • rbclibrary January 4, 2020 at 7:50 am #

      I read the two books set in NYC that featured characters from this book. That’s why I went back and bought this one. Now to find time to read it.

  2. Paula Shreckhise January 3, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

    That looks great. We just binged Downton.

    My first line is from The Rebel Bride by Shannon McNear:
    September 20, 1863 Battle of Chickamauga, Northern Georgia
    Not for the first time, Joshua Wheeler wondered if he’d descended into hell.

    • rbclibrary January 4, 2020 at 7:48 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Paula!

  3. thebeccafiles January 3, 2020 at 4:59 pm #

    I am a hopeless hoarder but I’m actively trying to read more from my old TBR this year.

    Today I shared the first line from End Game by Rachel Dylan but I’m currently reading Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (22) here: “Like a loose thread in an unfinished weaving, Priscilla’s well-ordered world unraveled by virtue of one capricious judgment.” I’m absolutely LOVING it so far! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with lots of quality reading time! 🙂

    • rbclibrary January 4, 2020 at 7:48 am #

      I’m half way through End Game — very good! Daughter of Rome is next up for me.

      • thebeccafiles January 4, 2020 at 10:32 am #

        I just finished Daughter of Rome last night. Sooooo sooo good!!!!

  4. lelandandbecky January 3, 2020 at 6:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Because of Him” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Kieran Sutherland only just managed to keep from lifting his arm and elbowing the detective seated beside him in the face.”

    • rbclibrary January 4, 2020 at 7:48 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  5. bellesmoma16 January 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm #

    Happy Friday! 😊

    On my blog I’m sharing the first line from Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green: Currently I’m reading An Uncommon Woman by Laura Frantz. It’s AMAZING!!!

    “The field of winter wheat was sun-drenched and silent, the heated August air already blackened by buzzards.”

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

    • rbclibrary January 4, 2020 at 7:47 am #

      I got Green’s novel from NetGalley. Now that’s a whole nother book backlog issue. 😉

      • bellesmoma16 January 4, 2020 at 9:52 pm #

        It’s only the 4th day of the new year and I’m behind my TBR for the month. LOL. So many good books coming out!

      • rbclibrary January 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm #


  6. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) January 3, 2020 at 9:05 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from The Bright Unknown by Elizabeth Byler Younts: “I’m not sure whom I should thank–or blame–for the chance to become an old woman.”

    • rbclibrary January 4, 2020 at 7:46 am #

      I’ve heard many good things about that book.

  7. Yvette - Bookworlder January 3, 2020 at 9:27 pm #

    I’m in the same boat! Today I’m sharing from one of my current reads, The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock. Here is the second line:

    Rounding the corner, she slowed her velocipede and overheard two women gasp at her lack of chapeau and corset.

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary January 4, 2020 at 7:46 am #

      The Gray Chamber is on my January TBR list. Enjoy!

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