First Line Friday | Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller

Today I’m joining in the fun by sharing a book for First Line Friday. The deal is we pick up the nearest book (or in my case, the nearest device with an ebook in it) and quote the first line.

I’m sharing the first line from Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller. I’ve included the opening paragraph to provide context for the fascinating first line. I’m feeling for Cecilia and her pain over unrequited love.

Aynsley Manor, Somerset

June 1819

It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence. Cecilia Hatherleigh glanced across the ballroom as Edward Amherst, second son of the Earl of Rovingham, danced with her sister. Her newly married sister. Her newly married sister who even now was laughing with him in that way that suggested friendly understanding of the sort Cecy could never hope to share.

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Underestimating Miss Cecilia is a July 2019 new release. Here’s the book description:

Shy, sweet Cecilia Hatherleigh has always been in love with Edward Amherst, the boy next door. Yet he’s never seen her as anything but the quiet girl in the background as he flirts with the other vivacious women of the ton. 

When a near tragedy brings Edward’s attention to his family duties, this prodigal son decides he needs to settle down with a proper wife. Cecilia hopes to convince him to choose her—but God may want her to forget the wayward nobleman and put her future in His hands alone.

These two try to find their way toward happiness, but prejudice, political riots, and the changing face of England’s societal structures begin to block them at every turn. Can their struggles turn to triumph—or will their paths permanently diverge?

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Check out Carolyn’s giveaway of Underestimating Miss Cecilia at the International Christian Fiction Writers blog.

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  1. Happy Friday! I shared from The Bridge Between by Lindsey Brackett over on my blog. Here I’ll share from The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey — Fire ripped through Finn’s right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Here I’ll share the first line from chapter sixteen of the book I’m currently reading:

    “Footsteps signaled someone’s approach, and Grace paused her kneading in the pre-dawn morning, waiting for the customary greeting from one of the brothers.”
    Four Dreams of You by Sondra Kraak

  3. Happy Friday! I haven’t started this yet, but my first line (well – 2 lines) is from “Margin of Error” by Christy Barritt:

    “Hunger and anger battled inside him like two storm fronts colliding. A violent friction clashed in his very soul.”

  4. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher: I’m currently reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “Elsie closed her eyes for a moment and breathed in the steamy air, imagining she stood beside Grand Prismatic Spring instead of the massive laundry boiler in the back of the Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! ?❤?

  5. That one sounds really good! On my blog, I am sharing Mail Order Marvel by Kirsten Osbourne. Here, I will share the first line of the second chapter in my current read, Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid. “The rusty lock would not budge.” Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Oh my. I agree, loving someone who barely knows you exist does not sound fun. 🙁
    Happy Friday!
    Today I’m sharing the first line of Searching For You by Jody Hedlund over on my blog. So I’ll share the first line of the chapter I’m currently on here:

    “Och, dinnae tell me I’m too late!”

  7. Today on my blog I shared the first line from A Lady’s Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson but it’s also the book I’m about to dig into so no extra line right now. Hope you have a great weekend!

  8. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The factory rose above with row upon row of sharp-edged bricks.”

  9. Another great title from Carolyn Miller 🙂

    I’m sharing the first line of Under a Camperdown Elm by Janet Chester Bly on my website today, but my current read is Love and Other Mistakes by debut Australian author Jessica Kate. Here’s the first line:

    “Natalie Groves eyed the bag of gingerbread M&Ms on the other side of the office meeting room and prayed for a divine intervention of Red Sea proportions.”

    Happy reading!

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