First Line Friday: Lessons in Love

Happy Friday!!

We’re joining First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! 

Today we are featuring Lessons in Love, Book 1 in the Newland Road series by Linda Leigh Hargove.

And the first line is . . .


My mama didn’t raise no fool. 

That’s what Paula Raye Lawrence told herself when she saw the shiny orange sports car in her driveway up ahead.


About the Book

Smart country girl Paula Raye Lawrence can learn some important lessons about love if she’s hip enough to see them.

When Dr. Ed Anderson, a handsome young history professor moves in across the street, Paula Raye gets suspicious. What would possess a man with such fine threads and a BAD sports car to come little ole Cherry, North Carolina? She figures Ed for another skirt-chasing nobody like her late father. Man, was she ever wrong.
Turns out Dr. Anderson has as many skeletons in his closet as she does. She can’t avoid him though, as much as she tries. He holds the way of her escape to a better life in the big city… and the keys to her heart.

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About the Author

I write fiction under the pen name of Linda Leigh Hargrove. I’m a native North Carolinian and I currently live near Charlotte, NC. I have strong opinions about biblical racial reconciliation, growing your family by adoption, and writing fiction. And oh yeah, I’m an engineer. Find out more about my books at http://www.thefaithtowrite.com/books/


Post by contributor Toni Shiloh

First Line Friday: Catch a Falling Star

Happy Friday!

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line. Today I’m sharing the first line from Catch a Falling Star by Linda Leigh Hargrove.

“Disgusted, I threw the morning newspaper across the room.”

About the Book

Youthful mistakes cut their dreams of the Olympics short. What happens when Mae decides that those choices have haunted her long enough? Can Harrison also recognize that now is their second chance to catch a falling star?
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About the Author

I write fiction under the pen name of Linda Leigh Hargrove. I’m a native North Carolinian and I currently live near Charlotte, NC. I have strong opinions about biblical racial reconciliation, growing your family by adoption, and writing fiction. And oh yeah, I’m an engineer. Find out more about my books at http://www.thefaithtowrite.com/books/


Post by contributor Toni Shiloh

Book Review: History Lesson

Happy Friday!

I’m super excited about February because it’s Black History Month. I love learning about past Black Americans and the awesome inventions and contributions they blessed us with. This month I decided to look at some historical fiction written by Black authors. The first one I read was History Lessons by Linda Leigh Hargrove. It’s set in the 70s so not a true historical, but a throwback enough I counted it. 😉


About the Book

Rural North Carolina, 1973

At first, Paula Raye Lawrence is dead set on leaving the small farming community of Cherry, North Carolina. She’s willing to work in the cucumber fields, take in sewing, and tutor GED students to realize her dream of escaping her rural roots (and past mistakes) to become a big-city math teacher.

But then a visit from Dr. Edward Anderson, a young handsome history professor, from UNC Chapel Hill changes her mind. Through Edward’s eyes, Paula begins to see the influences of Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington hidden in plain sight all around her tiny coastal North Carolina community.

After rumors surface about why he’s not fighting in the war raging in Vietnam, she begins to doubt his real romantic intentions. Is he worth giving up her dreams for or is he just like her late father — just another rolling stone.

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My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. There was so much about it that painted a vivid picture that almost displayed itself like a movie reel in my mind. The North Carolina community Ms. Hargove set this in came to life with the scenery and the history it offered.

Paula Raye was a great heroine who struggled to see her dreams come to fruition. Yet she was determined not to give up. I loved that!

And Dr. Edward Anderson seems to have it all at first glance, but little by little, the reader sees the heartache he’s experienced.

These two were perfect for one another, and I enjoyed seeing their romance unfold as I got a glimpse of the past.

*I read this through Kindle Unlimited. My review was not required nor influenced.


About the Author

Linda Leigh Hargrove blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her writings include three novels, two romance novellas, and two works of nonfiction.

Linda has taught workshops on fiction writing to adults and teens. To further help would-be writers realize their dreams of publication, she plans to launch “TheFaithToWrite.com” in Spring 2018.

She is a native of Washington County, North Carolina and currently resides near Charlotte with her husband and three sons. Connect with Linda on your favorite social media platforms.

Website | Facebook | Twitter


Post written by contributor Toni Shiloh

Book Spotlight: Santa’s Secret

Happy Wednesday, Reader Friends!

I hope you’re in the Christmas spirit because I have a great book spotlight for you today: Santa’s Secret by Linda Leigh Hargrove.


About the Book

During the most wonderful time of the year, Chelsea Parker is struggling to find some Christmas spirit. Mistletoe and ‘Ho Ho Ho’ remind her of the man who left her at the altar two years earlier.

Can charming and successful Marc Waterman, the town’s newest businessman, help Chelsea heal from past hurts and find a way to love again? Or does he have too many secrets himself?

Links: Amazon, Goodreads


About the Author

Linda Leigh Hargrove blends suspense, humor, and faith into compelling stories about race and class in America. Her writings include three novels, two romance novellas, and two works of nonfiction.

Linda has taught workshops on fiction writing to adults and teens. To further help would-be writers realize their dreams of publication, she plans to launch “TheFaithToWrite.com” in Spring 2018.

She is a native of Washington County, North Carolina and currently resides near Charlotte with her husband and three sons. Connect with Linda on your favorite social media platforms.

Follow: Website, Facebook, Twitter


Post written by contributor Toni Shiloh