First Line Friday — Before I Called You Mine

19 Jun

Happy Friday everyone! Is contemporary romance your go-to genre for beach or pool reads? Then I think I have a book just for you! I haven’t read Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese yet, but this novel promises a get-lost-in-a-book good time. I love the premise, and that first line? Brilliant. Let me know if you have read this one yet, and why I should move it up to the top of the TBR.


If Obsessive Email Checking Disorder were a disease, I was likely already in the final stages: trigger thumb, mindless refreshing, aimless scrolling, and, of course, an inability to focus on anything else in the world.



Lauren Bailey may be a romantic at heart, but after a decade of matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there’s only one match she’s committed to now–the one that will make her a mother. Lauren is a dedicated first-grade teacher in Idaho, and her love for children has led her to the path of international adoption. To satisfy her adoption agency’s requirements, she gladly agreed to remain single for the foreseeable future; however, just as her long wait comes to an end, Lauren is blindsided by a complication she never saw coming: Joshua Avery.

Joshua may be a substitute teacher by day, but Lauren finds his passion for creating educational technology as fascinating as his antics in the classroom. Though she does her best to downplay the undeniable connection between them, his relentless pursuit of her heart puts her commitment to stay unattached to the test and causes her once-firm conviction to waver.

With an impossible decision looming, Lauren might very well find herself choosing between the two deepest desires of her heart . . . even if saying yes to one means letting go of the other.

Nicole Deese is a Carol Award winner and a RITA and INSPY Award finalist. When she’s not working on her next contemporary Christian romance novel, she can usually be found reading one by a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She lives in small-town Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two rambunctious sons, and princess daughter with the heart of a warrior. Find her online at


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9 Responses to “First Line Friday — Before I Called You Mine”

  1. MrsDMVH June 19, 2020 at 8:51 am #

    This book sounds so GOOD!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Kirby preppybookprincess June 19, 2020 at 10:40 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Before I Called You Mine has been my favorite read of the year so far, and I hope you end up loving it just as much as I did!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes:

    London, England
    May 1987:

    “The smell of cinders permanently etched the abandoned Bessette Match Factory into the minds of all who passed.”

    Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  3. bellesmoma16 June 19, 2020 at 10:49 am #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Fair as a Star by Mimi Matthews: I’m currently reading The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey so I will share a line from there:
    “Rissi followed Noah into the station, glad to be back. It’d already been a long day.”
    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

  4. Babbling Becky L June 19, 2020 at 11:00 am #

    ”They was nothing I could do for her. Her eyes were fixed on the sky and she never moved again. Despite me shakin her, she was gone.”
    ~~What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K Sproles

  5. lelandandbecky June 19, 2020 at 2:39 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m reading from an old book, and the kindle edition is free on Amazon. I have probably read it 10 times! My first line is from “Uncle Max” by Rosa Nouchette Carey:

    “It appears to me, looking back over a past experience, that certain days in one’s life stand out prominently as landmarks, when we arrive at some finger-post pointing out the road that we should follow.”

  6. Paula Shreckhise June 19, 2020 at 3:56 pm #

    Loved Nicole’s book!

    My first line is from A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden which I finished this week.
    June 30, 1900
    There was no such thing as a typical day at the White House, but Caroline Delacroix’s morning took a particularly difficult turn the moment she walked into her crowded office,

    Happy Reading!

  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) June 19, 2020 at 5:41 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren: “In the daylight, Jake Silver wasn’t the devil.”

  8. Kelly-Ann Deffenbaugh June 19, 2020 at 7:09 pm #

    Happy Friday!!
    Over on my blog I shared one of the lines from Key to Everything by Valerie Frasier Luesse
    “Sometime during the night, it had begun to rain, a steady downpour pelting the tin roof of Aunt Gert’s bungalow and lightly misting Peyton’s face.”

    Have a lovely weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 22, 2020 at 6:09 am #

      I will begin this book soon. I have loved her others.

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