First Line Fridays #4: Born of Persuasion

It’s time for a new edition of First Line Fridays hosted by the Hoarding Books blog!

Because I’m really in the mood for all things Victorian lately (I blame it on the fall season), I’m featuring the first line of one of my FAVORITE books/series ever! Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta.


Born of Persuasion

The first line:

Later, when I allowed myself to confront the memories, to dwell on the particulars, I realized my arrival at Am Meer marked the beginning.


Your turn! Find the book closest to you and share your first line in the comments! The, head over to Hoarding Books for the linky and visit other FLF posts!

18 thoughts on “First Line Fridays #4: Born of Persuasion

    • Yay, Robin!!! I ADORE the whole series… talk about ugly cries! I’m so happy you loved it, too!

  1. I have this book on my #TBR! I need to pull it closer to the top 🙂
    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Sarah Monzon’s latest book just released this week; “The Esther Paradigm”. I’m just over half-way through the book, and I’m loving the story. But you’ll have to go over there to read the first line for The Esther Paradigm. Here I’ll share with you the first line from an older favorite.

    Bedford, England — May 1659
    “The babe’s crying would rip her heart to shreds if she had to listen to it one more minute.” — The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund

    • Oh Trisha, make sure you can read the whole 3-book series at once because you will not want to stop!!!! It’s a favorite of mine.

      And I need to read The Preacher’s Bride!!! That’s one of Jody’s I haven’t read yet.

  2. That sounds interesting. I’ve not read any books by this author.
    My first line comes from Masquerade by Janette Rallison. This is a re-read for me of this fun book.
    “Opportunity didn’t knock for Slade Jacobson – it rang his cell phone at 10:34 pm while he was putting his daughter to bed for the third time.”

    • I would highly recommend this series for historical romance/Victorian/Gothic drama fans… the suspense is subtle and the deep emotional journey is AMAZING!!!

      Hmm, that’s a neat first line! Makes me wonder who is calling — and why his daughter wasn’t going to bed! 🙂 Happy weekend!

  3. Intriguing first line!

    Happy Friday!!! Today, I’m showcasing A Mother For His Family by Susanne Dietze. So here I will share the first two lines from the novel next in line on my review pile, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan.

    “You can’t call that a settlement offer.” Kate Sullivan looked directly into the dark eyes of her opposing counsel, who represented a medical device company.

    • YAY!!! I’m loving the Victorian era more and more lately. This whole series (“Price of Privilege” is FABULOUS — check out the other two, as well, because you will want to read books 1-3 back to back once you start. Happy reading!

  4. I haven’t read this one yet, but I think I have it on my Kindle. I love the first line!

    I’m featuring the first line from Pepper Basham’s ‘Charming the Troublemaker’ on my blog, but I’m going to leave you with the first line of a book I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, ‘The Bachelor Missions’ by Jes Drew:

    “One bulky figure stands alone in the rain, keeping his head down–his identity obscured by a hat and large raincoat.”

    • I’ll have to visit your review tomorrow! And yay for having Born of Persuasion on your Kindle!!!! It deserves a high place on your TBR stack. The whole series is EXCELLENT!

  5. Happy Weekend!

    My first line is “Sometimes leading also means following. Sometimes being first means you actually arrive second.” Service Tales by Ace Collins

    • What a neat first line!!! I haven’t read anything by Ace Collins yet, though I’ve heard good things. AND he’s from my state — Arkansas! Thanks for visiting!

  6. I want to read this! That’s a great first line!

    I’m featuring The Princess Bride on my blog, but I’m currently reading Meg Mitchell & the Secret of the Journals by Kimberly McNeil so I’ll share that here.

    If I say I go to the White Raven for the food, I’d be lying, and I’m a journalist, which means I don’t lie.

    Happy Friday!

    • Born of Persuasion is sooooo amazing! To answer your question, no, it’s not related to any Jane Austen story. It’s a historical romance/drama with a hint of mystery. Happy weekend!

  7. Man, I haven’t seen Jessica Dotta’s name in a few years. I should look her up and see if she’s got anything new out.

    The first line of the book I’m currently reading is:

    England, December 23, 1813
    Holly Gray’s courage faded with every step she took deeper inside the castle conservatory where, according to Grandfather’s stories, a ghost resided.

    Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

    • Oooh, a castle conservatory, that sounds interesting!

      Yes, I wish Jessica had something new! I believe she is working on another novel, last I heard. I know it will be fantastic!

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