First Line Friday — Sarah’s Choice (Forts of Refuge, Book 1)

13 Jan

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing the first line from an upcoming read — Sarah’s Choice (Forts of Refuge, Book 1) by Pegg Thomas. I haven’t read a book set in Colonial America in a while, so I am definitely looking forward to digging into this historical romance!

Here’s the first line:

The forest smelled of warming earth, new growth, and hope.

Sarah Feight has her life planned with a loving husband, a promising new settlement, and big dreams to shape the future of trade on Pennsylvania’s frontier. An Indian attack at dawn changes everything.

When he pulls his freight wagons into Fort Pitt, Leith McCully never dreams he’ll be conscripted into the militia and ordered to defend the fort. Worried about trader friends on his delivery route, he rides to their settlement and returns with Sarah, the only survivor.

Fort Pitt is crowded to twice its capacity with the settlers who have taken refuge there and surrounded by the rising smoke of burned-out settlements. Tempers flare, disease breaks out, and the constant fear of the next attack has everyone on edge.

Cully keeps an eye on Sarah because he feels responsible for her. And, though he doesn’t admit as much, she tugs at his heart. Sarah sees Cully as the last link to her past. A friend of her husband’s family. She’s going to need someone she can trust, and she trusts Cully. Her rescuer.

Are trust and admiration enough to help them survive the siege and its devastating consequences? Is there any hope for a future beyond?

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Lower Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. Besides writing, she enjoys a variety of crafts including spinning sheep’s wool into yarn and knitting. Together, she and Michael enjoy camping, fishing, boat-nerding (you have to be a Great Lakes person to know about that), and thoroughbred horse racing.

A life-long history geek, it’s no surprise that historical fiction is her genre. Colonial America and the Civil War era are favorite time periods to both read and write. Her favorite type of book centers on a great fiction story surrounded by factual historical events.

11 Responses to “First Line Friday — Sarah’s Choice (Forts of Refuge, Book 1)”

  1. Cindy Davis January 13, 2023 at 8:23 am #

    I hope you enjoy this one! Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. Pegg Thomas January 13, 2023 at 8:36 am #

    Thanks for sharing! I hope you enjoy Sarah’s story.

    • rbclibrary January 13, 2023 at 8:55 am #


  3. KymPossible January 13, 2023 at 9:59 am #

    This looks good, and I love historicals – lots of building tension. Happy Reading!

  4. Paula Shreckhise January 13, 2023 at 11:15 am #

    My first line is from Within These Walls of Sorrow by Amanda Barratt
    Prelude. Zosia Krakow, Poland
    The sun shone the day I married Ryszard Lewandowski.

    • rbclibrary January 13, 2023 at 11:39 am #

      I finished it last weekend. So good.

  5. Nicole Santana January 13, 2023 at 9:40 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson. It’s a great story!
    “Dora placed the flyer in a box and covered it with the lid. She looked around the house, so empty now that Paul had moved from their spare bedroom to an apartment downtown.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

    • rbclibrary January 14, 2023 at 8:25 am #

      It’s on my NetGalley shelf!

      • Nicole Santana January 14, 2023 at 3:17 pm #

        I hope you enjoy it. I am really liking it.

  6. Jen@GracetoGrow January 14, 2023 at 8:57 pm #

    This sounds intriguing! I love the colonial time period but haven’t read many books set in that era. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Danielle Grandinetti January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed other books I’ve read by Pegg Thomas and would like to read this series sometime. I hope you enjoy it! I’m currently reading Alaskan Mountain Search by Sarah Varland. The first line is: “It was never truly dark at this time of year–mid June–in the land of the midnight sun.” Have a great week!

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