First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!
Once upon a time there was a nobleman, who took for a second wife
the haughtiest and proudest woman that had ever been seen….
The husband, on his side, had a daughter, of unexampled
gentleness and goodness.
She inherited these qualities from her mother,
who had been the best creature in the world.
– Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Beholder (The Beholder, #1)
Author: Anna Bright
Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.