26 June 2020

Serving Up Love | 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 have enjoyed reading through this Harvey House-based novella collection (even if it has taken me longer than I expected). Each story has been sweet, historical, romance—and so much fun.

First Line #1: Gretchen Gottsacker stepped from the train and looked around at the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico—pronounced Mar-see-al by those of Spanish descent and Mar-shall by the white settlers.

First Line #2: "I'm not going to marry her, Mother."

First Line #3: The breakfast rush had ended, and Willow Kentworth had already reset her station.

First Line #4: "I know you mentioned you've sworn off gentlemen forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark, andneed I sayDelicious is here again, and, unsurprisingly, he's sitting in your section."

(I'm opting to share each novella's first line rather than a quote from page 56 this week in order to better represent all the novellas in Serving Up Love.)


Bestselling novelist Tracie Peterson joins Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano in this collection of four novellas, each featuring a Harvey Girl heroine. From Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico, the stories cross the country with tales of sweet romance and entertaining history.

In Karen Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face," a young woman works her hardest to escape poor choices from her youth. Tracie Peterson offers "A Flood of Love," where reuniting with an old flame after more than a decade offers unexpected results. Regina Jennings's "Intrigue a la Mode" delights with a tale of a young woman determined to help support her family, despite warnings of danger nearby. And Jen Turano's "Grand Encounters" heads to the Grand Canyon with a tale of a society belle intent on finding a new life for herself.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
And be sure to stop by Hoarding Books and Freda's Voice for a peek into other books.


  1. That was agreat collection!

    My first line is from A RECKLESS LOVE by Beth White
    Prologue: April 22, 1865 North of Memphis, Tennessee

    Zane’s first thought when he came to was that the world was coming to an end.

    Great ending to the series!

  2. Happy Friday! 🙂
    Today, I'm sharing the first line from Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere. I'm currently reading The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper, so I'll share a line from there:
    "Stefan pushed open the doors to the Berkeley deep in thought."
    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚

  3. Serving Up Love is on my keeper shelf and I gave it as a gift - I thought it was a great book! I’m sharing the first line from Meet the Moms by Laurie Larsen on my blog today: “The alarm shrieked in the darkness and Lily Adams jolted awake, gasping. ” I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Happy Friday!
    Over on my blog I shared the first line from The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden
    "The stately houses of Winslow Street looked utterly safe and respectable in the hot summer evening. Mikhail knew all that was about to change."
    Have a lovely weekend!