First Line Friday #11 – Historical Romance Edition

Hi everyone! First Line Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. As someone who rarely judges books by their covers but who loooooves choosing their next book by reading the first lines, of course I want to join!

So… Let’s go! Read the first lines below and try to guess what book it is!

“The name Isolde Ophelia Goodnight did rather spell a life of tragedy. Izzy could look at her situation and see just that. Motherless at a young age. Fatherless now, as well. Penniless. Friendless.
But she’d never been hopeless.
Not yet.
Not quite.”

In the first in Tessa Dare’s captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love…

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan? Abducted by handsome highwayman? Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.

Why this book?

Romancing the Duke was the first historical romance I liked, back in 2015, and it cemented my attraction for funny, slightly ridiculous but adorable ones. Izzy and Ransom’s banter made me smile so big, as almost all Tessa Dare’s main characters do – her books definitely help me whenever I feel low, so even though they’re not perfect by any means, who cares? Sometimes we just need to escape this god-forsaken world, you know?

Have you read it? What did you think?

4 thoughts on “First Line Friday #11 – Historical Romance Edition

  1. I’ve never read a historical romance before, not if you don’t count Little Women or Pride and Prejudice! This sounds like a really good one, so I might have to have a read!

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