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~ First Lines Friday – #5 (July 2, 2021) ~

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!


“There can’t be many weddings involving eight sixth-formers dressed in black, carrying massive paintbrushes for the guard of honour; two red setters in cream ribbon and an organist bashing out I Will Survive.

To be truthful, the organist’s performance was at the direct bidding of me, Victoria Emily Marchant, spinster – still – of a parish somewhere south of Bristol.”


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: This is a harder one as it is an “older” novel published in 2014. (There is an anniversary blog blitz this month.)


Hint 2: It is a standalone romance/women’s fiction novel.

This week’s book is:

Vicki’s Work of Heart!

Published March 26th 2014, 385 pages

What if you found yourself stranded at the altar, knee-deep in your absent fiancé’s gambling debts?
Vicki Marchant, humble art teacher and jilted bride, seizes her freedom by leaving teaching to paint – in France. It’s her time.
Nobody is going to get in the way of her ambition – definitely not a man.
Vicki learns two things: some men are difficult to resist, and choosing the right one is not always easy.


This book came on my radar when I saw a blog tour opportunity. The author, Rosie Dean, is a new to me author, so I am curious how this novel will turn out. I have not started it yet, but I will soon for the blog blitz taking place next Friday July 9th for Rachel’s Random Resources.


  • Have you read Vicki’s Work of Heart or is it on your TBR?
  • What did you think of the first lines?

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