Historical Fiction, Review, Spotlight

The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason + First Line Friday

Happy Friday, reader friends! I’m catching up on reviews this week! Check out the first line of The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason (Canadian Crossings book 2) below, then open the book nearest you and share the first line!

Today is a big day in our home! Although we basically homeschool year-round, it’s the final day of lessons for most subjects! I am looking forward to the lighter load and I know the kids are too!

Bookish Bargains were updated earlier this week so don’t miss your chance to snatch up a slew of good reads without breaking your summer book budget!


The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason

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Emmaline Moore stepped up to the ship’s railing and peered through the mist to catch her first glimpse of the Nova Scotia shoreline now becoming visible.


my thoughts

This book certainly tugged at my heartstrings, I have a soft spot for friends-to-romance stories! Despite her impulsive personality, I wanted Emma to succeed in her mission to find love and family. Some of her antics made me cringe but hey, no one is perfect! Jonathan is everything loyal and hardworking. His sense of honor, duty, and love make him a winsome hero and anyone who can’t see that (ahem, looking at you, Emma) needs to readjust their priorities!

Jonathan and his friend Reggie were my favorite characters but there’s also an enjoyable subplot involving a couple of secondary characters we meet along the way. Readers who like Dear John letter references, post-War veterans, family drama, or themes of belonging, second chances, and faith will especially enjoy this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


Also, check out my Canadian Crossings book 1 review! Go to
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34 thoughts on “The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason + First Line Friday”

  1. Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund. Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 4 of the same book.
    “Mercy stood in the long line of tenants waiting for a turn at the water spigot at the back of the building.”


  2. Good morning!
    My first line if from The Number of Love #1 The Codebreakers by Roseanna M. White.

    -Old Admiralty Building London, England 25 September 1917-
    The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own.

    blessings, Tina


  3. It sounds nice. I’m featuring a novel by Crystal L. Barnes on my blog called Husband Hunting. My current read is Prudie’s Mountain Man by Elaine Manders. I’m about to start chapter 5, so I will share the first line from that chapter. “Prudie sneaked a sidelong glance at her intended.” I hope you will enjoy a fantastic weekend!


  4. ❤️The Highest of Hopes❤️
    My first line is from The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep.
    Was it wicked to say goodbye with a smile?


  5. It was our last day in Paris.
    My husband (and yes, I was really loving that word – a lot) Derek and I had breakfast on the private terrace of the hotel suite, enjoying the spectacular view of the city that was spread out before us.
    THE BOOK SUPREMACY by Kate Carlisle
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  6. Today on my blog I featured A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund which I just finished last night. My next read is going to be Where Hope Begins by Catherine West so I’ll share that first line here: “My husband is leaving me.” I think I’m in for an intense read! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with some quality reading time 🙂


  7. I love friends to romance reads!! These are the kind of books where you just read the whole thing with a smile as you watch the romance bloom!


  8. I need to catch up on reviews, too! I’m sharing from Kelly Irvin’s Through the Autumn Air on my blog today. Here is the second sentence:

    “Mary Katherine Ropp stood motionless in the middle of her kitchen, a platter holding a two-layer German chocolate cake covered in whipped cream cheese frosting nestled in her hands.”

    Have a great weekend!


  9. Happy Weekend! My first line is from “When Love Blossoms: Book 2 of the Kindred Lake Series” by Elaine Stock:

    “Kierra Madden grasped the phone tighter in both disbelief and gratitude.”


  10. More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer:
    May- 1896- Honey Grove, Texas
    “The council has denied your appeal, Miss Kemp.” Mayor Longfellow delivered the blow with a finality that threatened to buckle Abigail’s knees.


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