First Line Friday (week 323): A Winter at the White Queen

Posted January 5, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, Denise Weimer, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, romance / 12 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 A Winter at the White Queen by Denise Weimer. Isn’t that cover gorgeous?!?

and the first line is…

Ellie Hastings didn’t need to be as sly as the heroine in her favorite detective novel.


In the world of the wealthy, things are never quite as they appear.

Ellie Hastings is tired of playing social gatekeeper—and poor-relation companion—to her Gibson Girl of a cousin. But her aunt insists Ellie lift her nose out of her detective novel long enough to help gauge the eligibility of bachelors during the winter social season at Florida’s Hotel Belleview. She finds plenty that’s mysterious about the suave, aloof Philadelphia inventor, Lewis Thornton. Why does he keep sneaking around the hotel? Does he have a secret sweetheart? And what is his connection to the evasive Mr. Gaspachi, slated to perform at Washington’s Birthday Ball?

Ellie’s comical sleuthing ought to put Lewis out, but the diffident way her family treats her smashes a hole in his normal reserve. When Florence Hastings’s diamond necklace goes missing, Ellie’s keen mind threatens to uncover not only Lewis’s secrets, but give him back hope for love.

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12 responses to “First Line Friday (week 323): A Winter at the White Queen

  1. Gloria A

    This is on my list to read. Love the cover. I am reading Together for the Twins by Laurel Blount. The first line:
    Lunch at Burger Burger had been a disaster, and the drive back to the Cedar Ridge Public Library wasn’t going much better.

  2. Interesting opening. Especially since I read lots of mysteries, and I don’t know that I’d consider the characters sly. Determined, dogged, yes.

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    Love the cover. I put it on my TBR.

    My first line comes from the first chapter of The Mark if Zgrace by KimberleyWoodhouse:
    Monday, May 3, 1909 El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon
    Spoons clattered against pots. Steam sputtered out from under lids. The scent of fresh-baked bread and brewing coffee filled the air.

  4. What a pretty cover!

    Happy Friday!
    I am finishing up The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz, so I will share a line from there.
    “Davie is in the tower.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Janice Moore

    “Those eyes. They were heart-stoppers.” This comes from Allie Pleiter’s book It Came Upon a Midnight Shear.

  6. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Timothy Elliott breathed in a chilly breath of salty air and closed his eyes. On My Honor by Patty Smith Hall.

  7. I’m excited to read this one because it’s written by my editor! 🙂 I’m currently reading The sisters of Sea View by Julie Klassen. The first line is: “April 1819. Sarah Summers carefully lifted the family heirloom, a warm mantle of nostalgia settling over her.” Hope you had a great weekend!

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