First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Set the Stars Alight

Posted July 17, 2020 by meezcarrie in Amanda Dykes, Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, romance / 8 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

London, England
May 1987

The smell of cinders permanently etched the abandoned Bessette Match Factory into the minds of all who passed.


Lucy Clairmont’s family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it’s Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she’s discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers–and the healing–they so desperately seek.

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8 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): Set the Stars Alight

  1. Gloria A

    Loved this book! My first line is from Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason.
    Greenville, SC
    The pain compelled her–
    No…propelled her.
    It had to end.

  2. Winnie Thomas

    I’m almost done with this book, and I just keep reading slower, because I don’t want it to end!!!!

  3. Kay Garrett

    Today was going to change his life. The certainty thrummed through Samuel Schrock as he looked over the farmyard in the predawn darkness of the July morning.
    AMISH RECKONING by Jocelyn McClay

  4. Debbie Durey

    The first Minnie ball ripped into Corporal Jacob Hammond’s left hand, the second, his right knee, each strike leaving a ragged gash in its wake; another slashed through his right thigh an instant later, and then he lost count.

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    I loved this book. It’s my choice for this week!
    Set The Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes
    Candlewick Commons London, England. 2000
    To step inside the watchmaker’s cottage was to step outside of time.

  6. Marilyn

    “The Noble Fugitive” Book 3 from “The Heirs Of Acadia” series. By T.Davis Bunn and Isabelle Bunn. The bosun’s whistle piped the darkest of the night.

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