First Line Friday — The Lady’s Mine

14 Oct

Happy Friday! Today’s First Line Friday features The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers. Rivers is a favorite of my book club and we will be discussing this novel later in the month. I started it a few days ago and am really enjoying it. The characters are capturing my heart and I love the 1870s California mining town setting. Have you read this book yet? Let me know what you thought.

Here’s the first line:

Bleary-eyed and aching, Kathryn braced herself again as the stagecoach rattled over a stretch of rough road.

1875. When Kathryn Walsh arrives in tiny Calvada, a mining town nestled in the Sierra Nevadas, falling in love is the farthest thing from her mind. Banished from Boston by her wealthy stepfather, she has come to claim an inheritance from the uncle she never knew: a defunct newspaper office on a main street overflowing with brothels and saloons, and a seemingly worthless mine. Moved by the oppression of the local miners and their families, Kathryn decides to relaunch her uncle’s newspaper—and then finds herself in the middle of a maelstrom, pitted against Calvada’s most powerful men. But Kathryn intends to continue to say—and publish—whatever she pleases, especially when she knows she’s right.

Matthias Beck, owner of a local saloon and hotel, has a special interest in the new lady in town. He instantly recognizes C. T. Walsh’s same tenacity in the beautiful and outspoken redhead—and knows all too well how dangerous that family trait can be. While Kathryn may be right about Calvada’s problems, her righteousness could also get her killed. But when the handsome hotelier keeps finding himself on the same side of the issues as the opinionated Miss Walsh, Matthias’s restless search for purpose becomes all about answering the call of his heart.

Everyone may be looking to strike it rich in this lawless boomtown, but it’s a love more precious than gold that will ultimately save them all.

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming LoveA Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America’s coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Visit Francine online at and connect with her on Facebook( and Twitter (@FrancineRivers).

4 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Lady’s Mine”

  1. Cindy Davis October 14, 2022 at 7:50 pm #

    I have not read this one. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Have a great weekend!

  2. Paula Shreckhise October 15, 2022 at 3:05 pm #

    My first line this week comes from a breathtaking book The Lost Melody by Joanna Politano.
    One day in late May of the year 1886, I found myself imprisoned in the Hurstwell Pauper Lunatic Asylum. This was unconscionable—- I had never been a pauper.

  3. Jen@GracetoGrow October 15, 2022 at 10:12 pm #

    I haven’t read this one – hope you enjoy it! This week I shared the first line from The Secrets of Emberwild by Stephenia H. McGee.

    Have a great rest of your weekend!

  4. Danielle Grandinetti October 17, 2022 at 10:33 am #

    I hope you’re enjoying this one! Have a great week!

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