First Line Friday #72

This week, my husband and I are in Connecticut visiting our daughter and son-in-law. I've driven through this state on my way to somewhere else, but I've never gotten off the beaten path to actually see what Connecticut has to offer. We are in New Haven, and the Yale Campus, of course, is impressive. So far, we've enjoyed the coast of Connecticut such as Silver Sands State Park and Charles Island, which is a tied island. Guilford is an adorable small town right by the water and the food at Guilford Mooring is worth stopping for. In addition, we've enjoyed an ice cream cone at Ashley's Ice Cream — Yum! We saw Lighthouse Point on our first day. It's a city park where people can picnic or enjoy the beach. There's even a reception hall that boasts a huge carousel where many weddings, graduations, etc. have been celebrated. Over the next few days, we plan to visit several more sites. Are any of my readers from Connecticut?

The book I'm sharing for First Line Friday is A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin.

North Carolina, 1892

Joanna Stewart's fingers waltzed across the silk covering her lap. Had the stripes of the dress fabric been piano keys, the cab of her brougham would be filled with the melody of Sullivan's "Let Me Dream Again."

I greatly enjoyed this story. Both main characters, as well as the secondary characters, are well developed. This is something that's very important in every novel. It makes the characters come to life.

Book Blurb from back cover of the book:

Kit Barnes' drinking ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. The most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past and the one person he hurt the most.

A pariah among her peers, Joanna is all too eager to sell her property and flee the rumors that she sent her late husband to an early grave. But she will let the gossips talk and the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she'll allow Kit back into her life.

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal her long-held secret, she must choose between trusting Kit or seeing her best friend trapped in an abusive marriage.

Will Joanna risk another betrayal? Or will she find a way through the pain of the past to love and trust again?

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