First Line Friday (week 328): In Spotlight and Shadow

Posted February 9, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, First Line Fridays, historical, Rachel Scott McDaniel, romance / 17 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 In Spotlight and Shadow by Rachel Scott McDaniel – a dual timeline romance (with connected contemporary & historical threads) in the Doors to the Past series.

and the first lines are…

History didn’t haphazardly repeat itself in the chapters of Elise Malvern’s life. It copy-and-pasted in the most irritating fashion.


A Gem of a Mystery Takes Center Stage

​Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

Elise Malvern has a habit of letting people down. Her former boyfriend who hoped she’d be his bride. Her grandfather who hoped she’d take over the family’s auction company. But mostly she’s disappointed herself. What’s the point of pursuing her passion as a violinist, if she is too scared to audition for a seat in the Pittsburgh Symphony? Her internship at the elegant Heinz Hall places her in the wings of the stage, but never on it. By accident, she discovers an old stage prop. Her instincts tell her there’s more to the paste necklace than meets the eye. Whether a good idea or not, she accepts help from a childhood friend, who happens to be country music megastar—Pierson Brooks. Pierson and Elise share a history; one she doesn’t care to repeat. The more involved they become in the mystery, the more things get tangled, including her heart.

A century earlier…
Sophie Walters longs for center stage, her name on the marquee, and all that jazz, but climbing her way into an acting career is more difficult than she imagined. Having spoiled all her chances in Hollywood, she returns to Pittsburgh, accepting an insignificant role in a popular production. She watches her dreams pass by from behind the curtain at the illustrious Loew’s Penn Theatre. She finally gets the coveted spotlight, but not for her talent. No, her surge to fame is all one terrible mistake. Somehow, she’s suspected to be a notorious jewel thief known around Pittsburgh as The Mirage. The man she pleads for help is none other than the man she jilted at the altar five years before, Sterling Monroe.

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17 responses to “First Line Friday (week 328): In Spotlight and Shadow

  1. Gloria A

    7 May 1650
    Tresco, Isles of Scilly
    Prince…or pirate? Rupert felt lie neither as he stood on the bluff, the sea beckoning him, the wind whirling about him, and the most beautiful woman in all the world pressed against his chest, her cheeks damp with tears.
    To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna M. White

  2. That sounds like an intriguing read! I do love a good dual timeline story.

    My first lines:

    “Pull over here,” Blake instructed.
    “Your wish is my command,” Colby said. He pulled the van into a rest area and put it in park.

  3. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    The first time he opened his eyes, light, brilliant and pure, moved in colored ribbons about him. Daughter of Eden by Jill Eileen Smith.
    This book is captivating. Blessings

  4. Kay Garrett

    A fierce Alaskan wind had kicked up over Kachemak Bay, causing large, choppy waves to churn ferociously.
    HER ALASKAN RETURN by Belle Calhoune

  5. My first line comes from My High School Is Cursed by Monica Rosehill.

    The smell hit me first. It wasn’t an incredibly strong smell, Nor was it a bad smell. But it felt like breathing in a summer breeze. It was fresh and relaxing, warm and comforting, yet cool and otherworldly.

    Happy Friday Carrie 😉

  6. “Ellie Hastings didn’t need to be as sly as the heroine in her favorite detective novel.”
    Denise Weimer. A Winter at the White Queen (Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts Book 1)

  7. Jessica Baker

    I adore Rachel Scott McDaniel books!!
    I’m reading Everything is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels. Here’s a line from the page I’m currently on:
    “Moved out, kicked out. What difference does it make? I lived there, now I don’t.”
    Happy reading!!

  8. Paula Shreckhise

    I love Rachel’s books!

    My first line comes from Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard:
    Southeast Alaska. August
    Autumn Long had no plans to give up without a fight, even though it might be killing her a little every day.

  9. I’m currently reading Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong. It’s fun!
    “We pay the day-use fee and get the indoor pool to ourselves for the moment.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

  10. I loved this book! I’m just starting Bound by a Secret by Jolene Navarro. The first line is: “Greyson McKinsey rolled his neck and stared at the Texas sky above him.” Hope you have a great week!

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