31 January 2020

An Uncommon Woman | First Line Friday + The Friday 56

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

Happy Friday!

I finished this new Laura Frantz novel yesterday. It may not be my favorite of hers, but it still offers a delightful eighteenth-century frontier adventure.

First Line: Why could she not quit pondering that flounced petticoat?

From Page 56: Would she even recognize her birth mother with so many years and experiences between them?


Unflinching and plainspoken, Tessa Swan is not your typical 18th-century woman. Born and bred on the western Virginia frontier along with her five brothers, she is a force to be reckoned with.

Quiet and courageous, Clay Tygart is not your typical 18th-century man. Raised by Lenape Indians, he returns a hero from the French and Indian War to the fort that bears his name, bringing with him Tessa's long-lost friend, Keturah, a redeemed Indian captive like himself.

Determined to avoid any romantic entanglements as fort commander, Clay remains aloof whenever he encounters the lovely Tessa. But when she is taken captive by the tribe Clay left, his hand--and heart--are forced, leading to one very private and one very public reckoning.

Intense, evocative, and laced with intricate historical details that bring the past to life, An Uncommon Woman will transport you to the picturesque and dangerous western Virginia mountains of 1770. 

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
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  1. I like the quotes. Enjoy your current read!

  2. Interesting lines.
    I am currently reading The Duke’s Refuge by Lorri Dudley. Here’s the first line:
    Nevis, British Leeward Islands
    …Why did you not mention your illness sooner?

  3. That 56 is so sad, but I bet it is a great read! Happy weekend!

  4. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/01/31/first-line-friday-121/. I am just getting into the novel, so I will share the first line from chapter 2 here.
    "Daniel thanked the postman and stepped away from the window. Tapping the single envelope against his palm, he strode past the long line of men who, like him, had been waiting hours for news from home."
    Hope you have an excellent weekend!

  5. Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to reading An Uncommon Woman! Today I'm sharing the first line from The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings: "Eighty-eight years of life reduced to a vintage, cracked briefcase sat before Daniel Whiteley."


  6. Happy Weekend! My first line is from "This Healing Journey" by Misty Beller:

    "Meeting a stranger shouldn't make him so nervous."