First Line Friday (week 311): Within These Gilded Halls

Posted October 13, 2022 by meezcarrie in First Line Fridays, historical, mystery/suspense, romance / 11 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! 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 Within These Gilded Halls by Abigail Wilson! I can’t wait to read this one!

and the first line is…

“Hunting the treasure without me?”


Hidden treasure and betrayal mingle with unexpected love within the walls of Avonthorpe Hall.

After studying art under Miss Drake, a renowned painter, Phoebe Radcliff is certain she can finally move beyond the childish mistake that’s kept her away from home. She is thrilled when Miss Drake employs her to complete a complicated ballroom renovation.

Everything changes, however, the moment Miss Drake is murdered. With her last breath she imparts the location of a clue to Phoebe. Can the biggest secret of Avonthorpe Hall be true—the rumored treasure real? Phoebe is tasked to finish her work in the ballroom by Miss Drake’s infuriatingly regimented yet all-too-handsome nephew, Lt. Graham Burke. Determined to fulfill the promise she made to her beloved teacher to find the treasure, Phoebe also works to uncover the truth about Miss Drake’s death—and she must do so before Lt. Burke leases the house.

But dark shadows line the gilded halls of Avonthorpe, and soon enough Phoebe realizes she’s not the only person who knows about the clues. What’s worse, she needs Lt. Burke’s help to stay ahead of whoever is hard on her heels. If only she weren’t so attracted to him.

Caught up in a deadly race for answers, Phoebe must find a way to breach the shroud of lies that surrounds every last resident in the house and, more importantly, face a past she’s been running away from for far too long.

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11 responses to “First Line Friday (week 311): Within These Gilded Halls

  1. Gloria A

    This a great book! I am enjoying Regencies so much these days. I am reading The Christmas Spirit by Debbie Macomber. The first line is:
    “Nana, Nana, we’re here,” eight-year-old Lance shouted, as he raced into the house ahead of his six-year-old sister.

  2. Teri DiVincenzo

    Sounds good! Also, congrats on your book release! I’ve been waiting for Friday to share mine—for obvious reasons!

    “Eric Larson had never seen such a sorry excuse for a town.”
    ~Where the Blue Sky Begins by Author Katie Powner

  3. I am currently reading The Belle of Belgrave Square by Mimi Matthews. I am loving it!
    “Later that morning, after a brief stop at Doctors’ Commons, Jasper bounded up the steps of the Wychwood townhouse in Belgrave Square.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Marion Gilmore

    Darby, Pennsylvania
    “Is it true, Eddie? from “A Vow for Always” by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

  5. Paula Shreckhise

    Within These Gilded Halls was a spectacular book!
    My first line this week comes from a breathtaking book The Lost Melody by Joanna Politano.
    One day in late May of the year 1886, I found myself imprisoned in the Hurstwell Pauper Lunatic Asylum. This was unconscionable—- I had never been a pauper.

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