22 June 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Sweetbriar Cottage

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I love Denise Hunter's books, so I'm excited to start this one today. I'm hoping it's as charming as the cover looks.

First Line: There was nothing like a letter from the IRS to stop a man in his tracks.

From Page 56: Josephine's mother died the summer she turned twelve.

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. I've heard good things about Sweetbriar Cottage!
    Over on my blog I'm sharing the first line from More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer. Do stop by and be sure to enter the giveaway on the Author Interview with Karen for an autographed print copy of her book!

  2. I'm sharing about "Just Let Go" by Courtney Walsh on my blog today, but I have "The Hawaiian Discovery" by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter waiting for me to read next.

    Middlebury, Indiana

    Ellen Lambright finished sweeping the kitchen floor and paused from her work to brew a cup of tea.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. This book sounds like just the book to distract me right now. Great cover and interesting situations. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SURPRISE ME”

  4. What a lovely front cover... makes me want to read it!

    Here is mine this week: http://bit.ly/Fri56Tooth

    Have a lovely weekend! x

  5. Happy Friday!😊

    My FLF comes from Claiming Her Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

    If Lucy Maxwell had learned one thing, it was that when life appeared to be going smoothly, it was time to listen closely for the other boot to drop!

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!📚😎

  6. Happy Friday!!!

    Today on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from As The Tide Comes In by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall. Here I will share the first line from a short story I'm currently reading. It's called "A Lady of Scandal" by Heather B. Moore. It's very good.

    "Hugh couldn't help but think of his biggest question about Anthony and Lady Bridget. Why had Anthony offered to marry her?"

    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with good reading time!

  7. Great first line! This is a new book to me. It sounds interesting though not something I'd usually choose. This week I have a book that has been on TBR mountain way too long - A Rumor of Bones by Beverly Connor. Happy reading!

  8. I like the first line. I haven't heard of this author before. So thanks for mentioning the book.

  9. It was going to be a fine day. Behold, Here's Poison by Georgette Heyer

  10. I have this book on my TBR shelf! I hope you can stop by:



  11. I LOVE the cover art!
    The book I'm sharing this week is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte but I'll share here the book I'm currently reading which is Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey: "Luke crouched behind an orange shipping container, dreading to think what it held." Have a great weekend and happy reading!

  12. Both snippets are on the somber side, but I hope it makes for good reading! Happy weekend!

  13. Happy Friday! My first line is from Light My Fire by Susan May Warren:

    "His knee had turned into a melon, achy and soft, and Tucker Newman's entire body throbbed, right down to the marrow."

  14. I just finished reading The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck today...

    You see, love stories never worked for her. She never got the guy.

    Happy reading!


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