10 May 2024

the maid of ballymacool | first line friday + the friday 56

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happy friday!

excited to get to this cinderella story this weekend!

first line: the slap had hit its mark, leaving a burning outline brianna was certain showed perfectly on her cheek.

page 56: she circled brianna like a falcon stalking its prey. "look at the state of you. disgraceful!"


about the book

Brianna Kelly was abandoned at Ballymacool House and Boarding School as an infant. She has worked there since she was a wee girl and will likely die there. Despite a sense that she was made for something more, Brianna feels powerless to change her situation, so she consoles herself by exploring the Ballymacool grounds, looking for hidden treasures to add to the secret trove beneath the floorboards of her room.

When Michael Wray, the son of local gentry, is sent to Ballymacool to deal with his unruly cousin, he finds himself drawn to Brianna, immediately and inescapably. There is something about her that feels so... familiar. When Brianna finds a piece of silver in the woods, she commits to learning its origins, with the help of Michael. What they discover may change everything.

Fan favorite Jennifer Deibel invites you back to the Emerald Isle in the 1930s for this fresh take on the Cinderella story, complete with a tantalizing mystery, a budding romance, and a chance at redemption.

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  1. Oh, I love fairy tale retellings. Hope you love it.

  2. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently finishing up Love's Winding Road by Susan F. Craft. It's a pretty adventurous story!
    "Her heart pounded as visions of Daniel danced through her mind."
    I hope you have an excellent weekend with LOTS of fun reading time!