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First Line Fridays: The Accidental Guardian

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Happy Friday, reader friends! In case y’all missed it, the Facebook party celebrating CFRR 2019 was hoppin’ last night! Great news: everyone still has a chance to enter because the giveaways are OPEN until 10:00 p.m. Eastern on April 13!

The weather has been surprisingly sunny and mild over the last few days, I think I’ll celebrate with a nap this afternoon!

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy
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Southwest of Lake Tahoe, Nevada
October 1867

Deborah Harkness came awake with a snap, her hand already steady on the six-gun under her pillow.


I simply adore this story and y’all will have a chance to win a copy here on Faithfully Bookish next week! You can check out my full review at RT Book Reviews by clicking the graphic below.

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy RT Book Review 4.5 stars TOP PICK

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18 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: The Accidental Guardian”

  1. Great first line! Why is she sleeping with a gun under her pillow?????

    Happy Friday! My FLF comes from a book I will be reading soon, Her Fear by Shelley Shepard Gray…….

    Until that moment, Sadie Detweiler hadn’t thought mere words could hurt so badly. But as Harlan continued to speak, each word cutting her as deeply as if it were a shard of glass, Sadie felt her heart was bleeding.

    Have an awesome weekend and Happy Reading!????


  2. Hope you have a great Friday the 13th and may it bring you nothing but good luck. We have had two gorgeous days – sunny and in the 70’s. We even took our first trike ride of the year yesterday although it was a bit windy. However, suppose to rain again today and then turn mighty cold again.

    My first line is –
    For the first time in her life, Megan Jacobs felt almost brave.
    THE HEART BETWEEN US by Lindsay Harrel

    I have “The Accidental Guardian” on my TBR list. Love the storyline and how can you not love that cover. 🙂


  3. ohman. That first line has me instantly intrigued. And the cover melts my heart.

    “I am not sure I will live long enough to finish this account.” – The Man with Two Names by Vincent B. Davis II


  4. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd. Here I’ll share the first line from chapter 30.

    “Henry winced as he gripped the newel post and pivoted from the stair’s landing to the next flight of stairs.” — The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd (first line from chapter 30)

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  5. Excellent first line!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Chasing the Wind by Paula Scott. Here I will post the first line from the prologue of Romeo and Juliet. It’s the book closest to me right now because I’m currently teaching it to my 9 Honors kiddos.

    “Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood make civil hands unclean.”

    Have an excellent Friday and a great weekend!


  6. Happy Friday!
    My FLF is from one of my favorites by Terri Blackstock called Covenant Child.
    “There’s a question that haunts me in the blackest hours of night, when wasted moments crowd my dreams and mock the life I know. The question is this: How could a child born of privilege and promise grow up with nothing?”
    Hope you have a great weekend!


  7. I’m excited about Mary’s new series! 🙂

    Elin Carlson walked into the barn and everything changed. – Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin

    Happy Friday!


  8. I LOVED this book!!!!!!! Well, c’mon it’s Mary Connealy we’re talking about, what’s not to love?? The second book can’t come soon enough for me!

    I’m almost finished with Pelican Point by Irene Hannon and I just started it yesterday…I devour anything by her 🙂 Here’s the first line:

    “He inherited a lighthouse ?? ”

    Yeah, things don’t work out as planned for Ben Garrison, lol!


  9. yay for a new Mary book! 😀

    My current first line is from Kathy Herman’s Only By Death – “Liam Berne was about to commit murder – at least according to Arkansas law.”


  10. This is one I haven’t gotten around to reading yet, but fully intend to do so. I have read and enjoyed many of Mary Connealy’s books. On my blog, I’m featuring Jen Turano’s book, A Match of Wits. Here I will share the first line on page 113 of a book I’m currently reading, The Heaven Answer Book by Billy Graham. “Marriage in Heaven will be on a much higher plane because the church will be united with Christ.” Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  11. This book. I can’t help but smile every time I see that adorable cover!

    I’m reading Julie by Catherine Marshall right now. The first line is: “Our 1928 Willys-Knight had been climbing for at least ten miles, one hairpin turn after another, under a threatening sky.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  12. I’m anxiously waiting for my copy – such an adorable cover!

    I’m sharing from library books today, since it is National Library Week, so here is the first line from Laura V. Hilton’s Love by the Numbers:

    “He was gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.”

    Happy Friday!


  13. Hi Beth,
    Ooh, makes me wonder why she has a gun under her pillow. A sure attention-getter.

    It is now Sunday but here is my first line Friday line from The Redemption of Lillie Rourke by Loree Lough.

    Rain sheeted down the grimy window and puddled on the blacktop, and a dozen identical buses lined up in angled parking slots.

    Blessings, Tina


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