First Line Friday #96

The book I'm featuring this week is A Love Most Worthy by award-winning historical romance author, Sandra Ardoin. This is a heartwarming, mail-order bride novel that takes place in Alaska.

First Line:

Feminine laughter drifted across the water toward the Alaskan beach at Nome. With the faint sound, cold fingers of dread tiptoed up Rance Preston's back.

"Is that our new aunt laughing, Uncle Rance?"

Only if God had frowned on him.

(I gave you more than the first line because it was just too good to pass up.)

My Review:

Rance needs a mother for his two nephews. With feelings of guilt and having been deceived by a former love, he wishes to marry in name only. Hallie takes her cousin’s place as Rance’s mail-order-bride. She hopes to finally have a family of her own.

This story is exciting because of its location in Alaska and the adventure of living there. It’s a page-turner because it moves along at a brisk pace. I loved Rance and Hallie and their adorable boys. This is a lovely romance.

Back Cover Description:

She didn’t know which was colder, an Arctic winter or her new husband’s heart.

Hallie Russell believes life should be lived to the fullest. For that reason, she sails to the gold rush town of Nome, Alaska to take her cousin’s place as the mail-order bride of a respected shopkeeper. But when her aloof husband’s wedding-night announcement rocks her plans for their marriage, Hallie sees her desire for a family to call her own vanish as quickly as the dreams of hopeful miners.

Tragedy led Rance Preston to repent of his rowdy ways and open a general store for the miners in Nome. He’s content in his bachelorhood, but his two orphaned nephews deserve a proper and serious-minded mother. Duped once by a vivacious female, he’s determined to never again let his heart overrule his head…until the high spirits of his new bride threaten his resolve to keep theirs a marriage of convenience. 

When a misunderstanding comes to light, will they allow the gale force winds of insecurity to destroy what they each need most?

Your Turn:

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