First Line Friday — A Novel Proposal

24 Mar

Happy Friday! It’s finally Spring here in the sunny south, but a freeze turned all of our azaleas brown. 🙁 Boo! I’ll have to content myself with beautiful book covers 😉 . One I am sharing today — A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter. A book with a lovely cover that I am sure is lovely inside as well. I will be posting a review in a few weeks, but first here’s the first line:

Sadie Goodwin’s literary dreams came to a shuddering halt in the middle of her favorite SoHo coffee shop.

When western novelist Sadie Goodwin must pen a romance novel to rescue her lackluster sales, there’s only one tiny problem: she’s never been in love.

Desperate to salvage her career, Sadie accepts an invitation to hole up at her friend’s beach duplex for the summer and devote herself to this confounding genre. After all, where better to witness love than on the beautiful South Carolina shore?

But Sadie soon finds many ways to procrastinate the dreaded task—like getting to know the beach regulars and installing a Little Free Library on the property. She even attempts conversation with Sam Ford, the frustratingly stubborn neighbor on the other side of the duplex. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie finds inside her library an abandoned novel with a secret compartment—and a beautiful engagement ring tucked inside.

Suddenly, locating the ring’s owner becomes the perfect way to put off writing that romance. Sadie draws a reluctant Sam into her mission. And as the two close in on an answer to the mysterious proposal, she discovers a tender side to him. She begins to wonder if he just might make the perfect hero for her romance novel—or maybe even her heart.

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a sweet and sizzling story of a romance writer surprised by her own happily ever after.

To purchase, click HERE

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than forty novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 Club and been featured in Southern Living and Woman’s World.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling, drinking chai lattes, hiking, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest and two beautiful granddaughters.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at

10 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Novel Proposal”

  1. Carla March 24, 2023 at 6:18 am #

    Nice first line. I have this one coming up in audiobook for my ride back home over the next three days.

    • rbclibrary March 24, 2023 at 6:27 am #


  2. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz March 24, 2023 at 6:51 am #

    This sounds like fun!

  3. Suzanne Sellner March 24, 2023 at 7:56 am #

    I have a copy on order and look forward to reading it.

    • rbclibrary March 24, 2023 at 12:47 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Cindy Davis March 24, 2023 at 10:20 am #

    I have this one on hold for my library…there’s only about 10ish people in front of me, LOL!

    • rbclibrary March 24, 2023 at 12:46 pm #

      So twenty weeks?!

  5. Lisa @ theplainspokenpen March 24, 2023 at 10:54 am #

    I’d read it! Have a great weekend!

  6. Nicole Santana March 24, 2023 at 12:45 pm #

    I’m currently reading A Match in the Making by Jen Turano. It’s so fun!
    “I don’t believe you’ve thoroughly considered our current situation, Mrs. Parker,” Gwendolyn said as she stuffed a bathing costume into the woven bag she was packing.
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

  7. Danielle Grandinetti March 26, 2023 at 10:16 am #

    This sounds like a lovely read. Enjoy!

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