First Line Friday (week 247): The Cottage on Ghost Lane

Posted July 16, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, Christy Barritt, contemporary, First Line Fridays, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 14 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 Cottage on Ghost Lane by Christy Barritt, the 1st book in her new Beach House Mystery series!

and the first line is…

“Are you sure you should do this?”


Each house has a history. Each person has a secret. Each turn of events leads to danger.

Come back to me.

Cole Dalton’s wife, Caroline, had the words etched onto a pendant for him. Each time he deployed overseas as a military bomb tech, she stitched the pendant into his uniform. Cole returned safely from the battlefield . . . only to bury his wife after a tragic car accident.

Cole moves into their beachside cottage to both heal and find closure after Caroline’s death. But on the first day he arrives, he finds an intruder searching for something and desperate enough to kill.

Mysterious incidents continue to occur, leading Cole to ask: Was Caroline hiding something in the months before she died? But what? And why?

As danger closes in and a storm lingers off the coast, Cole must find answers. But ghosts of the past have a stranglehold on him. With his heart on the line, he must overcome the grief haunting him . . . or his story will become part of his cottage’s tragic history.

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14 responses to “First Line Friday (week 247): The Cottage on Ghost Lane

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    Just got that book! Hope to read it soon.
    My first line is from the new one by Carrie Stuart Parks, Woman in Shadow:
    “Why are those dogs barking?” I pointed across the wooden picnic table toward two obviously upset canines yelping nearby.
    Fabulous book!

  2. Gloria A

    This sounds like a good book.
    “Morning had a terrible habit of arriving too early, at least as far as Meg Whitaker was concerned.” Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson

  3. I didn’t know she had a new series coming out! Sounds good, thanks for sharing! My first line is from Jody Hedlund’s Come Back to Me. “Your father’s in a coma.” Happy reading!

  4. Caryl Kane

    Long Beach, California

    “999! 999—!” Click. The voice cut off. Crisis Shot – Janice Cantore

    I’ve not yet read Christy Barritt’s novels.

  5. Trixi

    Foxglove Manor
    April 1885
    “He had ruined death for her, and the hope of it. Thwarted death on all sides, until the possibility of escape was removed entirely, and she was left with breath, body and the plaguing memories of many yesterdays. ”

    I’m a little over halfway through “On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor” by Jaime Jo Wright. Her words always seep into my skin from the very first sentence. GAH! I’m almost afraid to finish it (because Lucy), but I simply can’t stop now…lol!

  6. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Sadie always says, “Southern women may seem as delicate as flowers but we’ve got iron in our veins.” In High Cotton by Ane Mulligan.

  7. Perrianne Askew

    I stripped my socks from my sweaty feet and tucked them into my sneakers. The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli.

  8. MJSH

    So interesting. Mine is from Tammy L Gray’s Love and the Silver Lining: “ I’m supposed to be on an airplane, flying to Central America to teach children to speak English.”

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