First Line Friday

First Line Friday | Week 43 | Solo Tu by Narelle Atkins

It’s First Line Friday, which means it’s time to open the book nearest you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing from Solo Tu by Narelle Atkins. It’s the seventh book in the Tuscan Legacy series, and it’s my completely biased favourite, because it’s set in Australia.

Here’s the first line:

Her fifth autumn in Australia wasn’t ending the way she’d planned.

About Solo Tu:

Home means everything to Sienna Rossi.

Four years ago, Sienna defied her father by moving to Australia to obtain her teaching qualifications. Her grand plan is shaken by her father’s unexpected death and a trip back to Tuscany for her grandmother’s eightieth birthday where she renews her close bond with her sister, Alessa.

Teacher Dave Maxwell likes the freedom of his nomadic lifestyle. He works contract-to-contract, moving to different high schools around Australia. He’s in Sydney for a season, caring for his grandma while his aunt is on an extended overseas vacation.

Back in Sydney, Sienna moves in with her Aussie cousins and starts her first teaching job, torn between her dream for a future in Australia and her longing for home. Sienna and Dave work at the same school, attend the same church, and quickly become friends. They are drawn together by circumstances and an undeniable attraction.

But their idyllic time together is temporary. Can the girl from Tuscany and the boy from Australia risk everything for love?

You can find Solo Tu online at:

Amazon | Goodreads

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  1. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! (Oy, oy, oy!)

    I’m featuring the first line from ‘Dancing in the Rain’ by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery on my blog today, but I’m currently up to chapter eleven, so here’s the first line from chapter eleven:

    “Nervous energy filled Loni’s stomach as her plane made its descent into Blountville, Tennessee.”

  2. Sounds very interesting. Today on my blog I am sharing a book I read a long time ago by Mary Connealy that I greatly enjoyed, Petticoat Ranch. Here I will share the first line from the book I am currently reading/studying, “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray. “You’ve been at an intersection before, waiting for the red light to change, and had that uneasy feeling: Is the bus next to me moving forward or am I in reverse?” This book is about finding meaning and clarity in a post-truth world. I highly recommend this author. Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

  3. Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from To Kill a Mockingbird — one of my most favorite books ever written. So here I will share from the book I am currently reading, The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck. I am just beginning chapter 14, so I will share the first line from there.

    “Try as I might, I can’t release Sam’s kiss from my memory.”

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Caitlin says:

    This sounds like an interesting romance. Do you have to read the series in order or can you read it as a stand alone? This week I’m featuring The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund as my FLF. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • Hi Caitlin, Great question! The 9 books in the series are standalone contemporary Christian romances. That’s Amore by Marion Ueckermann (Book 1) is short novel in length and sets up the family mystery thread that runs through the novellas in the series. The Family Tree is helpful for tracking the family connections between the grandchildren. Sienna appears in Book 1 and Ti Amo (Book 4) before her story starts in Solo Tu (Book 7). I hope you’ll have an opportunity to read our Tuscany books. 🙂

    • The stories can definitely be read as stand alone stories! I’ve read books 1-7 so far, but not in that order (I edited Solo Tu and got another as an advance copy, but the others I bought and read as they were released). It’s probably best to read them in order, but not necessary although I would recommend reading #1 first so you’re properly introduced to all the characters.

  5. Happy Friday!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog this week is Unblemished by Sara Ella but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from chapter 4 here: “The expression on El’s face before the wall closed was all the proof I required.” Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend! 🙂

    • I’m in New Zealand, which means this is a regular weekend (but next weekend is a long weekend – Queen’s Birthday. Which we celebrate in June, event though her real birthday is in April. Go figure).

      Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Janine says:

    Today’s first line comes from Often by Danielle Norman.

    “I should have guessed that it was going to be one of those days and just gone home and back to bed.”

    I’m featuring first lines by Lauren Blakely’s upcoming release Part-Time Lover. Stop by to check them out!

    Happy Weekend!

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