First Line Friday (week 364): The Secrets Beneath

Posted October 19, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Kimberley Woodhouse, mystery/suspense, romance / 10 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 The Secrets Beneath by Kimberley Woodhouse! I recently read & loved this book so I’m beyond excited that Kimberley is one of the participating authors at the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous reader event in November. Only about a week left to register – are you coming??!! I can’t wait to see you!


The Secrets Beneath by Kimberley Woodhouse

and the first line is…

The garden – his garden – was alive with color today, while the inside of him was black as death.


Some secrets can only stay buried for so long. . . .

Anna Lakeman has spent her life working alongside her paleontologist father, drawing intricate sketches at every dig. When they find dinosaur bones near their home in Wyoming Territory, they’re given the opportunity of a lifetime and are swiftly caught up in the competitive era of the Bone Wars. But after her father becomes sick and Joshua Ziegler, an old beau, returns for the summer, Anna’s world is upended, and the practical, orderly life she has made for herself shatters.

Medical student Joshua Ziegler left his hometown to forget Anna, the one woman he truly loved and deeply hurt. But when he returns, time hasn’t erased the feelings they’ve always had for each other. After Joshua’s nephew goes missing–just like his sister did years ago–and Anna’s job is threatened, tensions mount and dangerous secrets are unearthed.

“Kim has long been a favorite author of mine, and her book The Secrets Beneath is no exception. This book is full of intrigue and adventure, twists and turns.”–TRACIE PETERSON, USA Today bestselling author

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join me & kimberley woodhouse (and 29 other authors) for this reader event!
November 17, 2023 in St. louis

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10 responses to “First Line Friday (week 364): The Secrets Beneath

  1. Gloria A

    “Do you see him?” Lois asked, standing on her tiptoes as she tried to look over the line of people paying for their tickets to enter Holmes County Fair.
    Dating Can Be Deadly by Amanda Flower

  2. Kay Garrett

    Dear Lord, this cannot be happening, not after everything.
    FINDING THEIR CHRISTMAS HOME by Donna Gartshore

  3. “Miri woke to the sleepy bleating of a goat.” I can’ say it’s a first line that GRABS, but this book, Princess Academy, keeps me turning pages. As a Newberry Honor, it entertains middle grade and us young-at-heart adults.

  4. Denise Turner

    “Callie’s ears filled with the sound of windshield wipers slapping and Momma’s incessant muttering.”
    He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox

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