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BLOGWORDS – Friday 12 April 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – EMMA by JANE AUSTEN

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – EMMA by JANE AUSTEN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

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THE BLURB:    

When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse — one of Jane Austen’s immortal creations — flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance. Beneath its considerable wit, the novel is also the story of a young woman’s progress toward self-understanding.
“Emma” abounds in the droll character sketches at which Jane Austen excelled. In addition to the well-intentional heroine and her hypochondriacal father, the village of Highbury during the Regency period is populated by an amusing circle of friends and family — kindhearted but tedious Miss Bates, a chatterbox spinster; ambitious Mr. Elton, a social-climbing parson; Frank Churchill, an enigmatic Romeo; Mr. Knightley, Emma’s brother-in-law and the voice of her better nature; and a cluster of other finely drawn, unforgettable personalities.
The author’s skill at depicting the follies of human nature in a manner both realistic and affectionate elevates this tale of provincial matchmaking to the heights of scintillating satire.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

THE FIRST LINE:   

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

I loved how Emma inserts herself into the lives of those around her—and doesn’t even recognize her own heart.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Emma, Jane Austen

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 5 April 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MANSFIELD PARK by JANE AUSTEN

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – MANSFIELD PARK by JANE AUSTEN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

THE BLURB:    

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.

At a young age, impoverished Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle at their estate called Mansfield Park. In each stage of life, from the age of 10 to adolescence to young adulthood, Fanny encounters a number of people pursuing wealth, status, or pleasure at any cost. To Fanny, she sees very little redeeming qualities in such pursuits, but will her experiences out in the real world lead her to believe that marrying for these underlying conditions supersede marrying for love and happiness?

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

THE FIRST LINE:   

About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet’s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Something of a censure of society, and judgements made based on monetary wealth and status.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 29 March 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by JANE AUSTEN

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by JANE AUSTEN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

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THE BLURB:    

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London… Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

THE FIRST LINE:   

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

I will ever be enamored of this story solely owing to Colin Firth in the role of William Darcy. Not really, the story speaks for itself, and is not only a classic but is a favorite of mine.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 22 March 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by JANE AUSTEN

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by JANE AUSTEN

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

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THE BLURB:    

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!

After the death of Henry Dashwood leaves his three daughters, Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret, and his widowed wife out of his inheritance, the four ladies move out of his estate and into their own modest house. With a new life opens up new worlds. The girls meet many new characters and soon develop their own unique personalities as they mature from adolescents into young women.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security.

THE FIRST LINE:   

The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Confession: If I’ve ever read the book, I don’t remember it. #dontjudge  The movie, however (#dontjugde) was captivating, and fostered my love of Jane Austen’s stories.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 15 March 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY SPECIAL EDITION – TUSCAN LEGACY – LA RISPOSTA: THE ANSWER by AUTUMN MACARTHUR

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – LA RISPOSTA: THE ANSWER by AUTUMN MACARTHUR

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

 

 

 

THE BLURB:    

One marriage ends, as another begins.
Or can faith and forgiveness bring a hurting couple back together?

When the harvest celebrations and a family wedding bring the eight cousins back to the the villa at summer’s end, along with their new beloveds, the final secrets are revealed, along with the solution to the puzzle of the unsigned paintings.
But can these secrets be forgiven, healing old wounds and mending broken hearts, or will the mistakes of the past be repeated?
The future of a marriage about to crumble depends on the answer!

Note to readers: this book uses British English and grammar. Though the story is a complete new romance, it’s best enjoyed if you’ve read the other books in the series, at least Books 1 and 8.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling author of Christian inspirational romance. Originally from Australia, she now lives near London with her very English husband plus their spoiled guinea pigs and rescue cats, after a one-year working holiday turned into over twenty years!
She loves writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be. She’s thankful to be blessed with good friends and a patient husband. Most of all, she’s eternally grateful for God’s great love and mercy.
When she’s not writing or being a cat slave, she spends far too much time on Facebook. You’re very welcome to join her friendly Facebook reader group, Three Authors and a Blogger.

www.autumnmacarthur.com

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Instead of returning to her vegetable garden, Teresa Pellegrini rushed into the farmhouse.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Best read in order, all books in this series lead to this one—and the answer is priceless, and certainly worth the read.

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, La Risposta: The Answer, Autumn Macarthur, Tuscan Legacy Book 9

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 8 March 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY SPECIAL EDITION – TUSCAN LEGACY – DOLCE VITA: SWEET LIFE by AUTUMN MACARTHUR

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – DOLCE VITA: SWEET LIFE by AUTUMN MACARTHUR

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

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THE BLURB:    

La dolce vita, a sweeter life of love, awaits Rachel. But can she accept it?

Rachel Golding loves her uncomplicated life in Wales. Teaching art, a close-knit group of friends, and a strong and loving bond with her mother. But the trip to Italy to meet her Italian grandmother for the first time stirs unwelcome emotions — reluctance to forgive Nonna for a lifetime of rejection, and longing to know more about the father who died before her birth. Between her cousin’s accusation she sent a series of mysterious unsigned paintings to get revenge on the family, her mother’s wedding, and her realization she feels way more than she should for her best friend Jonathan, Rachel’s carefully planned life is spiraling out of control.
Always ready for adventure, especially with the woman he loves, Jonathan Davies gladly accompanies Rach on an impulsive return journey to Tuscany. Okay, so he also hopes the time together might give him the chance to tell her how he really feels. But now she needs his friendship and support more than ever, revealing his love is a risk he dare not take. Not without some sign she wants more. A sign she may never give.
In the haze of a sunflower summer, can Rachel learn to surrender her hurts and fears to God and so embrace the life He intends for her? La dolce vita, a sweeter life of love.

 

THE AUTHOR:    

Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling author of Christian inspirational romance. Originally from Australia, she now lives near London with her very English husband plus their spoiled guinea pigs and rescue cats, after a one-year working holiday turned into over twenty years!
She loves writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be. She’s thankful to be blessed with good friends and a patient husband. Most of all, she’s eternally grateful for God’s great love and mercy.
When she’s not writing or being a cat slave, she spends far too much time on Facebook. You’re very welcome to join her friendly Facebook reader group, Three Authors and a Blogger.

www.autumnmacarthur.com

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Rachel Golding stiffened as the master of ceremonies straightened his red tailcoat and tapped his gavel against its sounding block to request silence.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Ms. Macarthur drew me quickly into the story—and into the series!

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Dolce Vita: Sweet Life, Autumn Macarthur, Tuscan Legacy Book 8

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BLOGWORDS – Friday 1 March 2019 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY SPECIAL EDITION – TUSCAN LEGACY – SOLO TU: ONLY YOU by NARELLE ATKINS

 

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – SOLO TU: ONLY YOU by NARELLE ATKINS

 

Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!

 

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THE BLURB:    

Home means everything to Sienna Rossi.

Four years ago, Sienna defied her father by moving to Australia to obtain her teaching qualifications. Her grand plan is shaken by her father’s unexpected death and a trip back to Tuscany for her grandmother’s eightieth birthday where she renews her close bond with her sister, Alessa.
Teacher Dave Maxwell likes the freedom of his nomadic lifestyle. He works contract-to-contract, moving to different high schools around Australia. He’s in Sydney for a season, caring for his grandma while his aunt is on an extended overseas vacation.
Back in Sydney, Sienna moves in with her Aussie cousins and starts her first teaching job, torn between her dream for a future in Australia and her longing for home. Sienna and Dave work at the same school, attend the same church, and quickly become friends. They are drawn together by circumstances and an undeniable attraction.
But their idyllic time together is temporary. Can the girl from Tuscany and the boy from Australia risk everything for love?

 

THE AUTHOR:    

A fun loving Aussie girl at heart, Narelle Atkins was born and raised on the beautiful northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. She has settled in Canberra with her husband and children. A lifelong romance reader, she found the perfect genre to write when she discovered inspirational romance. Narelle’s contemporary stories of faith and romance are set in Australia.

 

THE FIRST LINE:   

Her fifth autumn in Australia wasn’t ending the way she’d planned.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Oh, how I enjoyed this story—the setting, and the way Sienna and Dave connected.

 

 

#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Solo Tu: Only You, Narelle Atkins, Tuscan Legacy Book 7

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