Anneliese Dalaba

Readers who love clean, wholesome books and writers who write them.

The book I’m featuring today on First Line Friday is The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd.

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Darbury, England,
February 1816

“There was no doubt in William Sterling’s mind. He was being followed.”

Now it’s your turn. First Line Friday is something every reader can participate in. Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments, along with the title of the book and the author. Then, if you’d like to, check out the books other readers have featured in the comments on this blog and on the Hoarding Books link at the end of this post. You might find a book you would like to read simply by reading the first line. You can also click on the title of the book above and it will take you to Amazon so you can see what the book is about, read the reviews other readers have shared, and purchase it if it interests you.


21 thoughts on “First Line Friday #28

  1. Ellie says:

    I need to read a book by Sarah Ladd. I like Regency but have never tried her. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Great first lines!

    The book I’m featuring on my blog today is ‘Shadows of Hope’ by Georgiana Daniels, but I’m going to share the first line of my current read here: The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart:

    “Toren Daniels rolled over in bed and light pierced his closed eyelids, which meant five a.m. had come and gone.”

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  3. carylkane says:

    Love this series!

    MAY 1659

    The babe’s crying would rip her heart to shreds if she had to listen to it one more minute. – The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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  4. Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book im starting soon, Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter……

    Playing house was just a little too easy for Hope Daniels. Her special chicken casserole waited in the oven, covered with foil; butter beans were simmering on the stovetop; and the yeasty smell of baked rolls hung in the air.

    Have a great weekend!😀

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    1. Yum! Her description can make a person hungry.


  5. nashpredsfan27 says:

    I think this is the only book by Sarah Ladd I haven’t read.

    I’m currently reading the First Love Forever Collection, so I’ll share the first line from the current novella I’m in, Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik:

    Travis McCaffrey stared at the front door of the mansion before him.

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  6. rbclibrary says:

    I loved that book! Here’s a first line from another Ladd novel. “Alarm’s menacing sting pricked Kate Dearborn’s consciousness and hurried her steps.” — The Weaver’s Daughter

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  7. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Joel C. Rosenberg’s book The Kremlin Conspiracy:

    “Louisa Sherbatov had just turned six, but she would never turn seven.”

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    1. Oh! How sad! I can only imagine she died.

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  8. I love Regency fiction but haven’t read anything by Ladd yet.

    My first line is from the book Once Upon A Prince and can be found here:

    Have a great weekend! 😊


  9. bellesmoma16 says:

    I loved this book. I loved the entire series!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Rachael Anderson’s newest Regency novel, My Sister’s Intended. It’s an excellent book I highly recommend. Here I will share the first three lines from the novel I’m currently reading, Not Abandoned by MacKenzie Morganthal.

    “It was a prison like none other. With boarded windows and a tall fence, I’d almost forgotten what it looked like outside. The bars that caged me in were strong, but not as strong as the bars I’d put up around my heart.”

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    1. Wow! Those lines are powerful. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I am a huge fan of Sarah Ladd!! And the covers of her books are always so beautiful.

    I’m in the midst of reading Katie Ganshert’s powerful book, No One Ever Asked. The first line is “An earthquake started it.”

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. That’s definitely an interesting first line. Start what? 🙂


  11. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron but I’m sharing the book I’m currently (re)reading to get ready for the new Hallmark movie this weekend Once Upon A Prince by Rachel Hauck: “What did he say? The storm gusts moving over the Atlantic must have garbled his words.” Hope you have a blessed weekend!

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  12. Beth Erin says:

    Sarah Ladd’s books are so good!

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  13. j9reads says:


    Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from J Kenner’s Justify Me.

    “I should never have let him get close, this man who swept into my life like living flame, beautifully wild and dangerously enticing.”

    If you stop by my blog, I am featuring lines from Susan Stoker’s Rescuing Sadie.

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  14. Paula Shreckhise says:

    I’m going to show the first line of The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo:
    Mama may have been named for the great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but the fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth.

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  15. I need to delve into Sarah Ladd’s back catalog 😀 I’m sharing from The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim on my blog today, so here’s the first line from the prologue of Julie Cantrell’s Perennials:

    “Summer 1979
    Oxford, Mississippi

    “Four!” Bitsy cheers, twisting the lid to her firefly jar.”

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  16. Heather says:

    Excellent first line!! I believe I have this book on my Kindle too. 🙂 Happy Friday!

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  17. Happy Reading, hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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