03 August 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Caught by Surprise

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

Happy Friday!

The third book in Jen Turano's Apart From the Crowd series, this brand new release is at the top of my TBR currently, and I'm so excited to read it soon. Knowing the other books in the series, I'm expecting it to be a lot of fun to read.

First Line: The first inkling Miss Temperance Flowerdew had that her rather mundane day was about to turn anything but mundane happened when a closed carriage trundled up beside her, keeping pace with her every step as she walked down the sidewalk adjacent to Broadway.

From Page 56: Abandoning his role as Mr. Smith since he'd never been a gentleman comfortable with subterfuge and wasn't willing to continue with a farce not of his making, Gilbert introduced himself to a young man working the front desk and laid out exactly what he needed.

Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they're seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage--except Temperance will have none of it. She's finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won't give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert's help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. Another one of this month's TBR list. I'm kind of putting it off so the series stretches a bit :)

    I just started "Nice to Come Home To" by Liz Flaherty. The first line is: Why didn't you ever come back here?

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. This does sound good. I'll have to look for the first book in this series. Mine is from The Point by John Dixon - a science fiction thriller from my review stack. Happy reading!

  3. Happy Friday!

    I shared the first line of Veronica Roth's Carve the Mark on my blog today. Here, though, I'll share the book I've just started to read - A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan.

    "Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watched as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing to wrap her up in an icy cocoon."

    I hope you enjoyed that. Happy weekend and happy reading! ��

  4. Wow, now I'm very curious. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “GHOSTED”

  5. Caught by Surprise looks interesting. I haven't heard of it before so thanks for mentioning it.

  6. Interesting snippets and pretty cover! Happy weekend!

  7. Happy Friday! My first line is from Love is Patient by Lila Diller:

    “I flipped through the pages of the bridal magazine yet again, from one dogeared page to the next, dreaming and desiring.”

  8. I’m intrigued by both and that cover! Mine is from What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan: https://jennifertarheelreader.com/2018/08/03/first-line-fridays-what-we-were-promised-by-lucy-tan-firstlinefridays-tarheelreader-whatwewerepromised/

  9. That cover looks so cheerful and refreshing!

  10. Anonymous3/8/18 15:44

    I really love the cover! It's really pretty.

    Thanks for stopping over at my site!

  11. Sounds really good. Beautiful cover.

  12. What a great name! Temperance Flowerdew. :) On my blog this week I am featuring “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray, Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. Since I am still currently reading this book, I will share the first two lines from Chapter 4. “History’s most influential person expressly binds freedom to the limits of truth. “You will know the truth,” Jesus says, “and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)” May your weekend be a refreshing one for you.

  13. Intriguing opening. Hope you enjoy it.

  14. I've always fancied the name Temperance. I hope you enjoy the read!

  15. This series has been really popular at my library - and patrons were really excited to see this arrive. :)

    Check out my Friday post and please vote in my Make Me Read It Readathon poll

  16. Happy Friday!
    The book I shared on my blog this week is Auschwitz Lullaby but it's also what I just finished reading so I'll share my favorite quote from the book here: “Sometimes we have to lose everything to find what is most important. When life robs us of what we thought we could not live without and leaves us standing naked before reality, the essential things that had always been invisible take on their true value.” Hope you have a great weekend!

  17. Over on my blog, I'm showcasing the first line from Carolyn Miller's new novel, Miss Serena's Secret. It's SO good. I'm almost finished with the book, so here I will share the first line of chapter 26.

    "I cannot help you."

    A bit blunt and harsh! Lol.
    I hope you're having an awesome weekend filled with great reading time. 😀❤📚

  18. I love Jen Turano's books! This one sounds fantastic! I can't wait to start reading it! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  19. I can't wait to read this series! I hope you can stop by:



  20. This sounds really exciting! :)