First Line Friday #91

I just finished listening to the audible of the book I'm featuring this week. It was such a sweet and wonderful story. This is the third book I've read by Janice Cole Hopkins and I've liked them all. I'm featuring Mountain Mishap this week. It's an entertaining and spiritually uplifting Christian Historical Romance.

First Line:

Western Wilkes County, July 4, 1851

Levi West stopped his horse and dismounted.

Book Description on Amazon:

Anna Allen grew up in the Charleston Orphan House, but at eighteen, she must now leave. Her best option is to wed, and when a man from the Appalachian Mountains comes looking for a wife, she hesitantly agrees to marry him. However life with Elbert Ramsey and his father turns out to be miles from her dreams.

In 1851, Levi West decides to go stay with his brother in the Appalachian Mountains. His parents had died, leaving the farm in debt, and a brazen woman had caused a rift between him and his best friend. Although his sister-in-law’s younger sister acts almost as bad, Levi finds he loves the rugged mountains. When a hunting accident endangers his life, help comes from an unexpected source. Dare he hope for a family of his own or will another woman just disappoint him again?

My Thoughts:

Anna grew up in an orphanage, but now it's time to leave. The only option available to her is to get married. When Elbert Ramsey chooses her because she's so pretty, Anna accepts his proposal. She hopes they might fall in love. Although Elbert treats her well enough, it's a far cry from what she had hoped for. Through a series of events, Anna finds herself alone with a baby on an isolated farm in the middle of nowhere. How will she and Ellie survive? Anna prays God will help her.

Levi longs to find a godly woman he can fall in love with. That's the only kind of woman he wants to marry. He is a handsome man, so brazen women have thrown themselves in his path wanting to become Mrs. Levi West. But Levi has never felt an interest in those types of women. In the midst of difficult circumstances, Levi and Anna's paths cross. Before long, Levi realizes that Anna is nothing like the women he had met so far. Instead, she is all he could ever hope for. But she has a child. Wouldn't it just be his luck, when he finds a woman who stirs his heart, she already belongs to another man?

This was the third book I've read by Janice Cole Hopkins, and it will definitely not be the last. She is a great story-teller. This novel moves along nicely and is a page-turner. Levi is definitely a hero-worthy main character. After all of Anna's disappointments, is it any wonder she is reluctant to remarry? But Levi is patient and willing to obey God in order to win Anna's heart. Although there is chemistry between the two main characters almost from the start, the relationship develops at a slow and believable pace. The story moves along nicely. This book grabs the reader's attention and doesn't let go until the last word is read. I thoroughly enjoyed Levi and Anna's love story.

You're Turn:

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. 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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January 19, 2022