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 The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).
and the first line is…
“The tour ended where it began – in the courtyard of the Alamo, the fortress bathed in white light, flags snapping in the night sky.”
Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel?
Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again.
In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace?
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“Aunt Audra?” Lindsey McClement burst from her car to envelop her favorite aunt in a bear hug. Feeling the bony shoulder and xylophone-like ribs beneath Audra’s cable-knit sweater, she tried not to visibly react.
THE RANCHER’S FAMILY SECRET by Myra Johnson
It smelled like home before I even saw it.
Farm To Trouble by Amanda Flower
Lady in Residence was a great start to an all time-slip series!
My first line is from Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green:
Chapter One. Chicago. Friday, August 4, 1893
Sylvie hadn’t always leapt to the worst possible conclusion.
I love the “flags snapping” bit. Check out my First Line: http://thereadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2021/02/first-line-friday-13.html
Ohh! Love the descriptiveness of that line! I hope you can stop by:
This comes from Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink. Penelope McGregor shivered at the distant creak from the back of the house. Goose bumps erupted along her spine.
Flotsam or jetsam? From A Caataway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen.