First Line Friday #108

The book I'm featuring this week is Practically Married by Karin Beery, a Michigan author. This is a contemporary Christian romance.

First Line:

This is Tom, please leave a message.

My Thoughts:

Ashley agrees to marry Tom, a man she met online. After she sells her house in Ohio and arrives in Michigan where he lives, he doesn’t show up at the airport and doesn’t answer his phone. She finds out from his grieving cousin, Russ, that Tom has passed away. It soon becomes apparent that no one in the family was aware that Tom even had a fiancée. At that point, things become complicated. Since Ashley no longer has a home in Ohio, she decides to stay in Tom’s house. But it’s not just Tom’s house. Russ lives there too. Accidentally, Tom also willed the family farm to Ashley. Ashley wants to please everyone, so she suggests a marriage of convenience to Russ. But will Russ agree that this is the answer to their dilemma?

The author did a great job of developing this story. It’s believable especially because of Ashley’s desire to please everyone. This becomes more apparent as the story moves along. Ashley is a sweet young lady—someone I’d love having as a friend. Russ is a great hero of the story. He’s an outdoorsman who loves his family. Although his family can be overbearing at times, he knows how to set boundaries, always keeping in mind that they love him. He was disappointed in romance once too often and has made farming his life’s joy. Now that it looks like he might lose it all since he doesn’t have the money to buy the farm from Ashley, he’s desperate to find a way to hold onto it. In spite of everything, Russ can’t dislike Ashley when she’s so kind and fun to be around. The more he gets to know her, the less he likes the idea of her moving away.

This is such a delightful story and the way the romance builds is believable and sigh-worthy. The ending is very satisfying and leaves the reader smiling.

Your Turn:

Pick up a book near you. Type the first line in the comments below, along with the title of the book and the author. If you’d like, check out the books other readers have featured on their blogs by clicking on the Hoarding Books link at the end of this post. 

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By

Anneliese Dalaba

January 19, 2022