First Line Friday — Valentines Day Edition!

14 Feb

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day! My husband and I are stealing away to our cabin for some much needed R&R. I plan on resting, reading, and reveling in the beauty of the north Georgia mountains. I’m also hoping some crackling fires and yummy treats will be on the agenda!

This week First Line Friday is celebrating kissing books, so I again went to my TBR shelves to find just the right one to share. I have been dealing with some heavy issues in my personal life, so Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist seems perfect — her books always make me laugh!

Do you have any kissing books on your weekend agenda?

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From the day she arrives at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled — by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. When Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack’s rugged behavior by tutoring him in the ways of refined society, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie’s efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt’s lady’s maid. But the stakes rise even higher when Mack and Tillie become entangled in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their jobs . . . and their hearts.

With over a million copies sold, international bestselling, award-winning author Deeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her original, captivating historical & contemporary novels.

Deeanne’s awards include a RITA, USA Book News Best, National Readers’ Choice, Best Historical of the Year (by RT Reviewers), Librarians’ Choice, Book Buyers’ Best, the Maggie, Golden Quill, Books*A*Million Pick of the Month, Seal of Excellent and Award of Excellence.

She has a very active online community on her website at and at


9 Responses to “First Line Friday — Valentines Day Edition!”

  1. carhicks February 14, 2020 at 8:12 am #

    I just visited the Biltmore Estate in January, so this book definitely intrigues me. Happy Valentine’s Day! 💖

  2. joyofreadingweb February 14, 2020 at 8:34 am #

    Oh, this is a favorite of mine! I grew up not too far from The Biltmore House and have visited many times. I just love the way Deeanne Gist brought not only the house, but the characters to life in this story!

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter Thirty-Two: “I should have never held him.”

  3. Kirby preppybookprincess February 14, 2020 at 10:27 am #

    Maid to Match sounds like a great choice for Valentine’s Day!

    On my blog today I’m sharing the first line from Mandi Blake’s The Billionaire’s Destined Bride:

    “You’re what? Surely she’d heard wrong.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. bellesmoma16 February 14, 2020 at 1:23 pm #

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Today I’m sharing from A Kiss is Just a Kiss by Melinda Curtis: It’s a really fun, fast read. I’m also reading Children of the Stars by Mario Escobar, so I will share a line from there.
    “Every generation nurses the hope that the world will begin anew.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🥰📚

  5. Paula Shreckhise February 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    My first line is from Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green.
    Chicago, Thursday, September 28, 1871
    Meg’s father was gone. Again.

  6. Anneliese Dalaba February 14, 2020 at 9:07 pm #

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I have that book in my library and enjoyed reading it. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Mountain Storms by Janice Cole Hopkins. Here, I’m sharing the first line of my current read, Teach Me to Love by Kari Trumbo. “It wasn’t right to pray he would just die.”

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) February 14, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first line from The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson: “If one was going to dip one’s toes into the murky, pestilential waters of online dating, an escape plan was critical.”

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder February 15, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

    I shared from An Unlikely Amish Match on my blog. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter eight:

    “Susannah did not plan on telling her mamm about the kiss.”

    Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day!

  9. Jarm Del Boccio February 17, 2020 at 9:44 pm #

    Another stellar historical novel for my to-read list. Soooooo many books so little time. I wish I could inhale them. Listening to them audibly is the best I can do! ;-}

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