20 May 2022

A Haven on Orchard Lane | First Line Friday + The Friday 56

First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Reading Is My SuperPower.
The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.

Happy Friday!

I've been unpacking boxes of books that have been packed for almost two years, and I keep uncovering books I want to read now...

First Line: If one would drown one's sorrows with music, the music must be loud.

From Page 56: Port Stilwell lay in a valley, guarded by hills that folded one upon the other and faded into the clouds. Past thatched cob and stone cottages, a shingle beach glistened in the wide gap between silvery gray cliffs, and beyond, blue waters.


Much-Loved Lawana Blackwell Delivers Another Charming Victorian-Era Tale

In difficult circumstances, Charlotte Ward, once a famed stage actress, tries to restart her career--only to experience disaster. Against her better judgment, her estranged daughter, Rosalind, comes to her mother's rescue and moves her to a quiet English coastal village.

Charlotte is grateful to get to know Rosalind after years apart. As one who has regrets about her own romantic past, it's a joy for Charlotte to see love blossom for her daughter. For Rosalind, however, it's time away from teaching--and now she must care for the mother who wasn't there for her. And what could be more complicated than romance?

Together, mother and daughter discover that healing is best accomplished when they focus less on themselves and more on the needs of others.

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


  1. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently reading A Perilous Plan by Melanie Dickerson. I'm really enjoying it!
    "Penelope felt sick. David and Camille? How Camille must be laughing at her for being gullible and senseless."
    I hope you have an excellent weekend filled with fun reading time!

  2. I don't think I have ever read her books. I hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend!

  3. I haven't read this one. It seems like a touching story. Have a great weekend!

  4. It’s been a while since I’ve read Lawanna Blackwell!
    My first line comes from To Tame A Cowboy by Jody Hedlund :
    Front Range, Colorado Territory, May, 1867
    “Savannah Marshall’s heart pulled taut like a rope in a tug-of-war.”

  5. That opening line is so true!! LOL... Happy weekend!

  6. Lovely cover! I've enjoyed books by this author in the past :) Have a great weekend and happy reading!

  7. That's a beautiful cover!!
    I posted the first line from Shadowed Loyalty by Roseanna M. White. https://daniellegrandinetti.com/2022/05/20/shadowed-loyalty/

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend.