First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Secret Place

Posted May 7, 2021 by meezcarrie in Camille Eide, Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, giveaway / 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 The Secret Place by Camille Eide, currently on tour with JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC (the company I own with my book sisters).

and the first line is…

“On the last day of fifth grade, just as the sun dipped below the canyon’s western rim, Nadine and Josie Norris left the river’s edge and toted their fishing poles up the spongy bank, away from the deafening sound of rushing water.”


How far can love bend before it breaks?

Josie Norris became an instant mommy when her twin sister Nadine handed over her newborn son and vanished. What Josie saw as a temporary arrangement grew into a mother-son bond too deep to uproot. But with her irrational sister threatening to steal him back, Josie has been living the last few years with Kennedy in hiding, afraid to go home.

When Aunt Libby—the only person who knows the truth about Kennedy—suffers a traumatic head injury, Josie rushes to her McKenzie River home to help Gram care for the woman who raised her. But not only is Libby’s injury causing family secrets to spill, it’s forcing Josie to see the women in her life in a new light.

Will—a ranger who Kennedy adores and who Josie is determined not to—is desperate to help the woman who has stolen his affections. But can Josie ever truly be authentic with the man she loves? With her son’s fate hanging in the balance, she is faced with the choice to risk everything she loves in order to bridge the most impossible gulfs.

In this story of mothers, daughters, and sisters, Josie must find the grace to forgive people for not being who she needed them to be…and the courage to surrender her fears to the God who has never once left her side.

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8 responses to “First Line Friday (and a Giveaway!): The Secret Place

  1. Gloria A

    Is there anything more perfect than a day at the beach?
    Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates

  2. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Her Forgotten Amish Past by Debby Giusti. “Hello?” Becky Taylor tapped on the door of the trailer, then glanced at the Montcliff Studio van parked nearby and raised her voice to be heard over the cold wind that whistled through the tall pines. “Is anyone there?”

  3. Kay Garrett

    Crack! Clatter! I heard the sound of something falling and glass breaking. Then my cat yowled.
    WINING AND DYING by Daryl Wood Gerber

  4. Marci Coleman

    Dr. Heather Fontaine strapped her feet into the sandboard and pushed off.
    ACTIVE DEFENSE by Lynette Easton

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    From The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna White:
    5 June. 1906. Penzance, Cornwall, England
    More beauty than Lady Elizabeth Sinclair had ever thought possible beckoned to her-a turquoise sea, blue sky wisped with soft white clouds, birds cartwheeling through the air, islands studding it all with the promise of life she’d never had the opportunity to examine up close.

  6. Perrianne Askew

    “Any story that begins with a library is bound to be an excellent tale.”

    HOPE BETWEEN THE PAGES by Pepper Basham

  7. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Harmony of Love” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Gavin Colley walked along the wide carpeted hallway, hoping his stride looked purposeful and confident to anyone he passed.”

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