First Line Friday — Holding on to Hope

7 Apr

Happy Friday! Today’s first line comes from Janet W. Ferguson’s latest novel, Holding on to Hope. I visited the Grand Tetons in 2021 — so majestic — and am so excited to return in this book!

Here’s the first line:

Could loving someone physically hurt?

A fun road trip romance to the Grand Tetons!

Always the wedding planner, never the bride.

Hope Rodriguez loves planning weddings. There’s nothing more special than helping a bride become a princess for a day, but she’s not sure that’s her calling in life anymore.

If only she had her own special someone. Her only current prospect leaves her with more questions than answers about where she falls in his list of priorities.
Yet, when a lifelong friend asks her to plan a destination wedding across the country in only two weeks, she’ll have to figure out how to pull off the impossible…alone.

After being burned as a child and deserted by his family, Caleb Donnelly has an intimate relationship with pain. Despite all he’s endured, one ache refuses to leave him—the throbbing in his heart where Hope is concerned.

So when Hope needs help with their friend’s wedding, he can’t stop himself from volunteering to travel two thousand miles to Jackson, Wyoming.

As long as he keeps his feelings in check, he might not ruin their friendship. Because a beautiful woman like Hope could never love a scarred man like him. There’s no way their longtime friendship could ever become more.

When Hope and Caleb’s plans go up in flames, it’s their hearts that might never recover.

Grab your copy of Holding On to Hope…a Southern Contemporary Christian Romance novel from the Coastal Hearts Series.

Janet W. Ferguson is a Christy Award finalist, Maggie Award and the FHL Readers Choice Award winning author of realistic inspirational fiction. An avid reader, she loved books so much she found a job as a librarian. Then she turned that love of story into writing faith-filled novels with characters who feel like best friends. You’ll laugh and cry as the quirky heroes and heroines chase their happily ever after.

Janet and her husband live in Mississippi where they say y’all a lot, and she forces him to visit the beach as often as possible. They have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

6 Responses to “First Line Friday — Holding on to Hope”

  1. Jody @ I'm Into Books April 7, 2023 at 8:27 am #

    I hope you have a very Happy Easter 😊

  2. Janet W. Ferguson April 7, 2023 at 8:41 am #

    Thank you so much! I hope readers enjoy!

  3. Cindy Davis April 7, 2023 at 4:55 pm #

    Sounds like a good one! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!!

  4. Nicole Santana April 7, 2023 at 9:27 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading “Fairest of Heart” by Karen Witemeyer. It’s so fun. 😀
    “‘Let go of that rope, you mangy mutt!’ Jeb’s cantankerous tone carried across the yard to where Penelope was taking clean sheets down from the line. ‘It ain’t a toy.'”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Paula Shreckhise April 8, 2023 at 3:43 pm #

    My book this week is The Vanishing at Castle Moreau by Jaime Jo Wright
    Chapter One Daisy Francois April 1870

    The castle cast its hypnotic pull over any passerby who happened along to find it, tucked derp in the woods in a place where no one would build a castle, let alone live in one.

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