First Line Friday (week 239): Paint and Nectar

Posted May 21, 2021 by meezcarrie in Ashley Clark, Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, historical, romance / 20 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 Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark, the 2nd book in her Heirloom Secrets series from Bethany House Publishers.

and the first line of the prologue is…

“Not a day went by she didn’t think about her daughter.”


In 1929, a spark forms between talented watercolorist Eliza and William, a charming young man who has been hired to forge her popular paintings. Her aunt makes it clear Eliza should stay away from him because of a feud between their families over missing heirloom silver. But the source of the rivalry was long ago, and as the two get to know each other, they fall in love. William regrets the job that desperation led him to take and their families’ ongoing bitterness, but setting things right comes at a cost.

In present-day Charleston, Lucy Legare has just inherited an old house from a mysterious benefactor, along with all the secrets it holds, including an old silver heirloom. Declan Pinckney is determined to buy the house for his family’s development company. But as Lucy uncovers secrets about the house, garden, and silver, she becomes more determined than ever to preserve the historic Charleston property, not only for history’s sake but also for her own.

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20 responses to “First Line Friday (week 239): Paint and Nectar

  1. I got this book last week, but haven’t had time to start it yet…it’s further down the TBR pile.
    “Solomon Lantz had been given a plastic bag containing his personal belongs on his way out of Forest State Correctional Institution: a pair of jeans, some scuffed-up running shoes, a white T-shirt, a comb, some ChapStick, a pair of suspenders because he never was able to get used to wearing Enlisher belts, and his wallet with exactly $107 in cash.” The first line is from “The Preacher’s Daughter” by Patricia Johns.

  2. “Music and laughter swirled through the assembly room, a shiny, animated scene within a life-sized bauble.” The first line is fro. “Dusk’s Darkest Shores” by Carolyn Miller.

  3. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Let It Be Me” by Becky Wade:

    “Mom and Dad are not my biological parents.”

  4. Kay Garrett

    “Watch out, Robbie.” Aunt Adele grabbed my elbow. “Here comes trouble.”
    NO GRATER CRIME by Maddie Day

  5. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard. Monday, 7:35 P.M. Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming. Harper Reynolds inched forward, hoping she hadn’t made a mistake in coming here. After she positioned her camera on the tripod, she zoomed in closer with her long telephoto lens.

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    Absolutely loved Paint and Nectar!

    My first line is from Dusk’s Darkest Shores by Carolyn Miller:
    Amberly, Lake District, England. March 1811

    Music and laughter swirled through the assembly room, a shiney animated scene within a life-sized bauble.

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