First Line Friday — The Lady of Galway Manor

14 Jan

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing an upcoming release from Jennifer Deibel, a new-to-me author of historical romance. I received The Lady of Galway Manor, a novel set in Ireland during its War of Independence following WWI, from Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program. It looks like an interesting read. Have you read other books by Jennifer Deibel?

Here’s the first line —

No one ever tells the truth about love.

In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without all the trappings of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family–descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh Ring. 

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family’s jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the “lies” the Claddagh Ring promises. 

Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the “other side” isn’t quite as barbaric and uncultured as they’d been led to believe–and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner’s fire.

Travel to the Emerald Isle for another poignant and romantic story from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel.

Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher and freelance writer. Her work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic Magazine, and others. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona.

5 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Lady of Galway Manor”

  1. Cindy Davis January 14, 2022 at 10:19 am #

    I read a Dance in Donegal last year. Happy Friday!

  2. Nicole Santana January 14, 2022 at 12:04 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading The Breakup Project by Carolyn Miller. I’ll share from there:
    “Somehow, the sight of Breanna Karlsson looking as stunned as Mike felt made the torture of coming here almost worthwhile.”
    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

  3. Gretchen January 14, 2022 at 1:33 pm #

    I am not familiar with Jennifer Deibel. That cover is gorgeous though and the story sounds interesting. I look forward to your thoughts .Have a good weekend!

  4. Paula Shreckhise January 14, 2022 at 3:58 pm #

    My first line is from Twilight at Moorington Cross by Abigail Wilson
    1819 Kent, England
    It was entirely possible that I spent more time lying on the floor of Cluett’s Mesmeric Hospital than standing upon it.

    Looking forward to reading Lady of Galway Manor!

  5. Danielle Grandinetti January 16, 2022 at 2:06 pm #

    Oh I can’t wait to read this one!! This week, I posted about A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz:

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