09 February 2024

court of swans | first line friday + the friday 56

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happy friday!

i set myself up for a little melanie dickerson binge recently, so here's a peek at the start of the dericott tales.

first line: delia's stomach felt sick as she watched her father marry parnella.

page 56: she had to save all her gumption for whatever laws she would have to break to save her brothers.

about the book

Where there is wealth and power, there's always someone willing to do anything to take it.

England, 1381: Delia's idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia's seven brothers of treason and murder. The youngest is only ten years old, but this doesn't stop the guards from hauling them off to the Tower of London. There they await a grim fate, as child-king Richard II is executing anyone who poses a threat to his throne. Delia is their only hope for pardon and freedom.

Sir Geoffrey did not expect his first assignment as captain of the guard to be the arrest of boys so young. He dutifully imprisons the brothers, but he can't ignore the sense, rooted in personal experience, that injustice and treachery are at work.

Determined to rescue her brothers, Delia secures a position as a seamstress for the queen. Her quest is all but impossible as the executions continue. Sir Geoffrey offers to be her ally, but should she trust him in a court where everyone has an agenda?

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a tender retelling of The Wild Swans, where the virtues of loyalty and love face a harrowing showdown with power and fear.

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  1. I like the quotes for this one. It looks like an exciting story. Have a great weekend!

  2. I love the word "gumption" and I haven't used it for a while. Maybe I should see if I can work it into a sentence today. Have a fun weekend.

  3. That wife sounds awful. I hope Delia is able to save her brothers! Court of Swans sounds like it will be good! I already want to know what happens to Delia and her brothers. I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Looks like a great story in an intriguing historical setting! Happy REading!

  5. That sounds interesting. I need to read more Historical Fiction!

    Have a great weekend!

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