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First Line Friday: The Pirate Bride

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Happy Friday, reader friends! A couple of weeks ago, little Suzie Q. (my furbaby) got her summer cut and now it’s her people’s turn! A couple of us are getting professional cuts today then tomorrow, I’ll be whipping out the trimmers for everyone else who just wants a simple cut.

Growing up, we always went to a beautician but I enjoy going the diy route with my hubby and kids! I have even let my husband cut my hair on occasion (when I was wearing it longer). How do y’all feel about leaving your hair in the hands of your loved ones?

Would you brave a diy hairdo? Do you feel safer calling in a professional OR are you willing to pony up the big bucks for the royal treatment?

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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Mama may have been named for the great-grandmother who traveled from England on the Mayflower, but that fact certainly did not keep her in the land of her birth.


I simply adore this story (my review)! It’s sitting pretty on my favorites shelf right now, tempting me to revisit its piratey goodness!

Faithfully Bookish review of The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo



Thanks to a generous Faithfully Bookish reader friend, we have a paperback copy of The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo to send to one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!
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54 thoughts on “First Line Friday: The Pirate Bride”

  1. I’ve actually never had my hair ‘proffesionally’ cut…my Mom has always done it. ^.^ Growing up, she used to cut it alllll the time because I loved having it short, just below my ears. Now, I haven’t had it short in many years, but she still trims it for me (one of the blessings of living at home still ;)). However, I am hesitant to ever cut anyone else’s hair…even for a trim!

    Great first line! I very much want to read this book. I love the title too. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. Happy Friday!???? I need a haircut so badly!????

    My First Line comes from a book I’m reading now, The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark…..

    If loneliness were a color, it would be the deep purple of my eight year old’s shirt as he walks solitary laps around the school track.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!????????????


  3. I go to a professional but I do sometimes cut my husband’s hair, using the clippers and with limited use of scissors…, it isn’t extremely complicated.


  4. I loved this book too!

    “‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.’” No, I’m not reading Pride and Prejudice (again), but am reading a retelling by Debra White Smith: First Impressions.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  5. My first line (plus some)
    Lou hoisted up her gown and winced as she tottered across the parking lot. The sparkly four-inch heels had looked so pretty in the box, but they felt like mortar and pestle grinding each bone in her foot. She missed her green Crocs.
    by Amy E. Reichert
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  6. My mom was a ‘beautician’ owning her own shop, “The Beauty Box”, as they called hair dressers when I was little and I loved it when she’d rarely ‘fix’ my hair I loved it. I only go to the hair dresser to get my hair cut, have never colored my hair and as I got older I had it ‘fixed’ for prom and then older I got perms up until about 15 years ago, then the cuts. I have some funny memories of my mom going to ‘beauty’ school, she tried to cut my hair and messed it up so bad she had to take me to the school for the instructor to ‘fix’, lol. Then years later after she’d given up her shop she was cutting my grandmothers hair and thought she’d picked up the thinning shears but got the scissors instead, she’d made a few cuts before she noticed it, everyone laughed and never let her forget it, lol.

    wfnren at aol dot com


  7. Thank you for the giveaway! ????

    ‘For more than one thousand years the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has spread its influence across China, through many ups and downs, victories and trials.’
    – From the book lying nearest to me, The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun – an amazing read!


  8. I frequently cut my own hair! Having naturally curly hair, it is fairly easy, and rather forgiving. I like lots of layers. So I flip my hair over, bush it out and snip, snip, snip. Flip back over and, wa-la! Layers! Of course I end up with a bit of a “V” in the middle of the back. So I have handed my husband the scissors and said, cut right there. He’s not thrilled (because he’s worried he’ll mess it up), but he does! I also color my own hair. Now my husband and son, prefer to go to a professional. I may have cut my son’s sideburns un-even once, and now they don’t trust me.

    I really enjoyed reading this book! It is such a fun, and fast-paced story! Have a wonderful weekend Beth!


    1. Curly hair fascinates me! I come from a long line of stick straight hair. Aw, your guys should give you another chance! He was probably holding his head crooked! Happy reading, Trisha!


  9. Hello and happy Friday! My first line is from Robin Mason’s The Silent Song of Winter.

    ” The sounds of the swamp in winter would scare another person but not me.”


  10. The only friends I give the scissors to are friends that are stylists! ???? I’ve cut my kids hair but only when it was a simple trim or buzz cut, otherwise we leave it to the professionals!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I loved this story and would love to own it.


  11. I love this cover. I go to a hairdresser who cuts out of her house. We have become friends over the years. When my mom was alive we would go at the same time, to the same hair dresser, then go out to lunch afterwards. Since my son was in middle school I have cut his hair using an electric razor. He has always like it very short. I cut his hair until two years ago when he got married. And now he will still come over to get it cut when his wife is out of town for more than a week. And my husband asked if I would cut his hair at the same time.


  12. Loved this book! I had so much fun reading it.

    Happy Friday!

    Today, I am showcasing Karen Barnett’s novel Where the Fire Falls (#2 in her Shadows of the Wilderness series) over on my blog. Here I will share the first lines from chapter 2.

    “Clark grunted as he jostled the bags under his arm and clambered up the stairs. At her disposal? First change he got, he’d be setting this little minx straight.”

    Have a great weekend!


  13. This is such an awesome series!
    The book I’m sharing this week on my blog is Grace in Strange Disguise but here I’ll share from The Calling of Emily Evans by Janette Oke, which is the book I featured for my Memorable Monday post this week: “Emily Evans lifted a slender hand and pushed back a wisp of wayward brown hair.” Have a great weekend! 🙂


  14. Happy Friday Beth!

    I have The Pirate Bride on my ever growing TBR list.

    When our two sons were growing up I cut their hair and my hubby’s hair. I have even cut my own hair from time to time, but that is a bit more difficult as it is hard to see in the back. So, I go to the hair dresser to get my hair cut.

    My first line Friday is from a book I just received in the mail yesterday…My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey by Amanda Barratt.

    Derbyshire, England
    April 1870

    As the coachman loaded her trunk onto the carriage, nausea churned in Adele’s stomach.

    Blessings, Tina


  15. I just found out my beautician is retiring. Now comes the fun part, looking for a new one.
    I cut my husband’s hair, what little hair he has.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.


  16. If I had a family member who could cut hair, I would go for it, but I’m not inclined to let my hubby near my hair with scissors. (He won’t let me cut his, either. :))

    I posted the first line from First Impressions by Debra White Smith on my blog today so I’ll leave the first line from chapter 21 here since that’s where I’m at. “The weeks rocked on.”

    I hope you have a nice weekend!


  17. I desperately need a cut and a color!

    My first lines come from Three Day Fiancee by Marissa Clarke.

    The perfect day for Caitlin Ramos started with a steaming shower at exactly five fifty-five, a double shot espresso from Zeke’s Deli at six forty-five, and a twelve-minute walk up Sixth Avenue where she’d begin her first appointment clean, caffeinated, and on time.

    Today was not a perfect day.

    I’m featuring lines from Cora Brent’s new release In This Life on my blog. It’s a gorgeous story! Stop by and check it out!


  18. Love the cover! I usually wait until I go back to S.E. Asia where we used to live to get my hair cut. We go back there frequently and I have the best hairdresser there ever. She is the best!


  19. My hair is long and straight, so there is not much you can do with it…lol. I wish I could curl it, but curls never seem to stay–they always fall out. Happy Saturday!


  20. Oooh! Thank you so much for this giveaway! I just read the third book in the series, The Captured Bride (which was amazing, incidentally) And I have some catching up to do! I don’t have to have the royal treatment, although it is nice from time to time, but haircuts in my world are something you go have somebody else do! I would consider giving a haircut to my husband, but his barber does a marvelous job, and TBH, I love the smell of the hair pomade they use, & I’m not willing to give that up!


  21. And after all that chatter, I forgot my first line!
    “Failure isn’t an option.”
    The Prince of Granola by LA Sartor


  22. “Carter Ellis strolled over to the wall of glass at the far side of his top-floor condo.” The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington


  23. I’ve always had poodle-curly, unstraightenable, frizzy hair. I went to a salon once to get it cut and HATED it! Forever after I always trim my own hair. I know all of its quirks and don’t trust anyone else to touch it. It dries completely differently than when it’s wet, and no one but me knows how it looks. I also have only one style that I’ve worn forever because my hair doesn’t grow and is thin. Sigh. Well, we all have different issues to deal with.


  24. I would not cut my own hair nor trust just anyone to do it…..I’ve had to live with the consequences of a bad haircut before. When I was young, I also watched my mom cut my sister’s long hair shorter and shorter to try to get it even. She ended up with a super short cut from a professional because that was all that was left by the time ny mom took her to a salon.


  25. Oh the days of long ago when I did venture forth with scissors and cut my own hair. I even tried a couple of times to do the home perm. And once there was no shampoo & no money so I washed my hair with powdered clothes detergent. That was a disaster.

    I’d just love to win this since I missed getting a review copy.


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