First Line Friday — A Heart Adrift

21 Jan

Happy Friday everyone! We were hoping to chase a little snow again this weekend, but the forecast has changed and it will just be really cold! At least for this southern girl. 😉 But it will still be great to snuggle up by the fireplace with a good book.

Today I am featuring A Heart Adrift, the newest novel by Laura Frantz. It looks delicious! The main character is a chocolatier after all! The cover is stunning too.

Here’s the first line:

With his back to the coastal wind, Henri Lennox settled his arms around Esmee Shaw, guiding her soft, pale hands with his tanned, callused fingers as they let the long silken line out.

A Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a new shared vision reunite them?
It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she’s never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.

Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.

Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril–on the sea and in the heart–in this redemptive, romantic story.

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. Proud of her heritage, she is also a Daughter of the American Revolution. When not at home in Kentucky, she and her husband live in Washington State. 

Readers can find Laura Frantz at

6 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Heart Adrift”

  1. Paula Shreckhise January 21, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

    AHeart Adrift was a fabulous book!

    My first line is from Chapter 1 of To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna White:

    11 July. Samson, Isles of Scilly
    “Beth Tremayne crept silently through the creaking doorway of the abandoned cottage as the first stokes of dawn painted the sky over the islands.”

  2. Literary Feline January 21, 2022 at 1:37 pm #

    That is a pretty cover! I don’t read a lot of books set in America during this time period, admit, but I really like the sound of this one. I hope the two can find their way back to each other, especially after such a romantic opening. I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Cindy Davis January 21, 2022 at 3:20 pm #

    We are in the same boat. We were supposed to get snow, might still get a trace amount this evening, but that’s it. It is SO cold and I wish I had a fireplace. Enjoy yours 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  4. Nicole Santana January 21, 2022 at 7:26 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading Mulberry Hollow by Denise Hunter. I am really enjoying it! I’m just starting chapter 7, so I’ll share from there.
    “It was amazing how much could change over a weekend.”
    Truer words! LOL!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with relaxing reading time.

  5. Jen@GracetoGrow January 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm #

    This was the first of Laura Frantz’s books I read, and I enjoyed it! This week on my blog I shared the first line from The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water by Erin Bartels:

  6. Danielle Grandinetti January 23, 2022 at 11:29 am #

    I just read read A Heart Adrift. It was so beautiful! This weekend, I’m reading Their Unbreakable Bond by Deb Kastner. The first line is: It was the Be Back Shortly sign on the door of the gift shop, with an arrow pointing toward the barn, that had sent Stone Keller in this direction.
    On my First Line Friday blog post, I featured To Treasure an Heiress by Rosenanna M. White:
    Happy Weekend!

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