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First Line Friday: The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter

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Hello, reader friends!!! Have y’all seen the Moms’ Night Out movie?! There’s a book too but the movie came first. I’ve never read a novelization of a movie and now I’m curious, which is better, the book inspired movie or movie inspired book?

Anyway, there’s a scene in the movie (several scenes actually but this one in particular) that I completely relate to on a regular basis… early in the movie, Ally is hiding in her closet on Mother’s Day, overwhelmed by the “messy house” not to mention the everyday battle of unmet expectations also known as motherhood (or let’s be honest, womanhood in general).

Well, Ally’s sweet husband finds her there with a now empty bag of chocolates and a live stream of an eagle’s nest… long story short, the little stuff has piled up so much that it feels like insurmountable big stuff and our dear friend Ally is helpless to do anything about it because she is completely “stress paralyzed.”

I don’t know about y’all but I get stress paralyzed in stages and my swoof skills are the first to go! Fortunately, today is our last day of swimming lessons so we’ll be winding down, settling back into our routine, and taking a collective deep cleansing breath of let’s stay home for a few days and get stuff done!


First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter by Jill Lynn

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Nothing like walking into a situation blind. Lucas Wilder bounded up the lodge steps, the late-July wind that twisted across his sun-scorched arms as dry as aged kindling.


Aaaaaah!!! What a great first line!!! This totally hooks my attention!

One of the great things about Love Inspired books is you can snag one (or more) while you’re out grocery shopping, let it get lost on the arm (or leg) length receipt, and spare your book budget!


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32 thoughts on “First Line Friday: The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter”

  1. Now I’m wondering what has happened, and what is going to happen!

    I’m sharing from Open Circle by Stacy Monson on my blog. But today I’m sharing the first line from Then There Was You by Kara Issac, which has just won the 2018 RITA Award for Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements from Romance Writers of America.

    Congratulations, Kara!

    Here’s the first line:

    Paige McAlister didn’t think think it was possible, but there was something worse than being single and thirty at your nineteen-year-old sister’s wedding.


  2. Happy Friday!???? I love Love Inspired books!!????

    My First Lines come from If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren…….

    “Watching you die is the last thing I want to do on a Saturday morning.” Sierra said it in a low mutter, nearly under her breath, but Ian heard it anyway, a slash across his chest, right between the ribs.

    Have a great weekend, stay cool, and Happy Reading!????????????


  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from Susan May Warren’s book “The Heat is On”.

    “Skye Doyle was going to get everyone killed.”


  4. Happy Friday, Beth!

    My first line comes from Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King….

    “It’s a rock, Holmes”


  5. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Woman of Clay by Linda Caddick. I’m currently on chapter 11, so I will share the first line from this chapter.

    “Spring burst almost overnight in a full palette of brilliant colour, transforming the world into one which barely resembled the one Shana had inhabited just a week or two before.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend filled with great reading time! ????❤????


  6. I’m a grandmother now who watches her grandson several days of the week. I can still relate to that overwhelmed feeling when looking around my house. The thing is, I like a perfect house, but I also like spending time with my grandson, writing, etc.. I guess it comes down to choices, and I don’t always choose the house. 🙂 On my blog I’m featuring The Purchased Bride by Kit Morgan. Here, I will share the first line from Chapter Four of that novel. “Herman Mayer wasn’t the brightest or the nicest man around, and he knew it.” Wishing you a great Friday!


  7. I don’t think I’ve heard of a movie turned book…although I wonder if that is what the new Hallmark books are. Because they have the movie covers on them. Interesting…lol. Happy Friday Beth!


    1. I know many of the Hallmark books are simply the books which the movie was based on repackaged with a movie inspired cover. I’m not sure if they are doing any novelizations of original screenplays. It’s an interesting practice!


  8. Happy Friday 🙂

    I love the cover of The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter and the opening lines hook me as a reader. I want to know more about Lucas and the situation he’s facing. I’ll have to add this to my extensive TBR pile. This week’s FLF is Jen Turano’s A Match of Wits. I’m also reading Roseanna M. White’s Circle of Spies from the Culper Ring Series:

    “Marietta Hughes was the worst widow in the history of mourning.”

    Hope you have a nice weekend 🙂


  9. I need to find out what happens in this story. LOL

    I’m sharing about “Trials of the Mighty” by Kenyon T. Henry on the blog today, but I’m currently reading “Unafraid” by Carey Scott. I’ll share the first line of chapter two.

    Authentic living. What does it even mean?

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!


  10. Happy Friday, Beth Erin! 🙂 Now I’m going to have to try to watch that movie!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from The Auschwitz Escape, but here I’ll share the first line from another book on my TBR pile, Anne Graham Lotz’ The Daniel Prayer: “The air was electric. People were shouting, crying, pleading with God.”

    Have a blessed weekend!


  11. The first line is from a book by Colleen Coble titled “Where Shadows Meet”. Hannah schwartz quickened her pace along the path from the farmhouse until she stood on the hillside peering down at the covered bridge. Happy Friday.


  12. That is a great book buying strategy! And I find that novelizations stay closer to their movies than movies do to their novels.

    I’m sharing from A Rebel Heart by Beth White on my blog today, here’s the first line of Chapter 2:

    “Spyglass pressed to his good eye, Daughtry crouched behind a tree at the edge of the creek running through Buckner’s Ravine.”

    Happy reading!


  13. Oh my gosh, Mom’s Night Out is one of my favorite movies EVER! And I’m not even a mom!!! SO FUNNY and real.

    My first line comes from a hilarious novella I just finished, part of the Once Upon a Laugh collection releasing next week! “Lia ran through the prestigious 148-year-old halls, red ponytail flying behind her.” -If She Dares by Mikal Dawn


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