First Line Friday — Tidewater Bride

15 Jan

Happy Friday! It’s been a bit chilly in the sunny South this week, but I have been snuggling with a good book! Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz has whisked me back in time to the 1630s and James Towne in the Virginia Colony. Frantz always does a great job of bringing the past to life for her readers. The historical detail is excellent.

Here’s the first line:

Alas, she was not a tobacco  bride, but she had been given charge of them.


Selah Hopewell seems to be the only woman in the Virginia colony who has no wish to wed. True, there are too many men and far too few women in James Towne. But Selah already has her hands full assisting her father in the family’s shop. And now she is in charge of an incoming ship of tobacco brides who must be looked after as they sort through their many suitors.

Xander Renick is perhaps the most eligible tobacco lord in the settlement. His lands are vast, his crops are prized, and his position as a mediator between the colonists and the powerful Powhatan nation surrounding them makes him indispensable. But Xander is already wedded to his business and still grieves the loss of his wife, daughter of the Powhatan chief.

Can two fiercely independent people find happiness and fulfillment on their own? Or will they discover that what they’ve been missing in life has been right in front of them all along?

Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz takes you to the salty shores of seventeenth-century Virginia in this exploration of pride, honor, and the restorative power of true love.

Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. When she’s not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State.

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18 Responses to “First Line Friday — Tidewater Bride”

  1. susiesellnergmailcom January 15, 2021 at 8:38 am #

    Having lived in Virginia for 23 years, I love reading books set there. I’m excited to read this one!

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:42 am #

      I think you will love it!

  2. A Payne January 15, 2021 at 9:05 am #

    I have this book on my TBR! So many great reviews already.

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:43 am #

      I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Danielle Grandinetti January 15, 2021 at 9:15 am #

    I’m reading this book right now and enjoying it. I posted the first line from A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund on my blog today.

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:46 am #

      I need to catch up on my Hedlund reading!

  4. askew001 January 15, 2021 at 3:19 pm #

    The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson

    “I knew there was something terribly wrong the moment I stepped foot back inside Loxby Manor – the pervasive restlessness of the servants, the strained silence of the front room”

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:43 am #

      I am way behind on Wilson’s books. I need to remedy that.

  5. Nicole Santana January 15, 2021 at 6:48 pm #

    Happy Friday! 😀
    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Active Defense by Lynette Eason: I’m currently in the middle of a chapter so I’ll share a line randomly from there here. “Travis wanted to pounce but waited.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:44 am #

      Eason’s books are always great!

  6. sassybookishmama January 15, 2021 at 7:04 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Caryl McAdoo’s Quincy & Priscilla: A the Lowell House.
    “The hall clock struck the first twelve bongs; Priscilla touched her flute to her mother’s as the second chime sounded.”

    Happy Weekend, Happy Reading!

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:44 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  7. Becky January 15, 2021 at 10:10 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first Line is from “Crazy for You” by Susan May Warren and Michelle Sass Aleckson:

    “Anything had to be better than returning to Deep Haven. Enemy fire. Jumping into hostile territory.”

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:44 am #

      This looks like a great start to a new series.

  8. Beauty In The Binding Blog (@BeautyInTheBind) January 15, 2021 at 11:05 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from All That We Carried by Erin Bartels. “Midwesterners do dumb things on the one nice day in March.”

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:45 am #

      I liked Bartel’s debut novel. I need to check this one out.

  9. Paula Shreckhise January 17, 2021 at 11:53 am #

    Loved Tidewater Bride!

    My first line comes from Dreams of Savannah by Roseanna White:
    Savannah, Georgia May 1861
    Cordeliia Owens had dreamed of this day a hundred times. This moment. This story just waiting to happen

    • rbclibrary January 18, 2021 at 6:45 am #

      That book looks so great and the cover is beautiful!

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