First Line Friday #109

Posted April 17, 2020 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 18 Comments


Happy Friday!

This week the book I’m featuring is:

Where the Fire Falls (Vintage National Parks, #2)

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Olivia Rutherford applied lip rouge the same way she painted- with bold, broad strokes.

I read The Road to Paradise (the first book in this series) a few weeks ago and loved it so much that I ordered the next two books in the series. They just arrived a few days ago from Baker Book house so I’m excited to dig in!

About the Book:

Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as “pervaded with divine light.”

Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford fashioned her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region’s wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine including its nightly one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty.

After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he’s faced with the choice of becoming a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling?

As Clark helps open Olivia’s eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park’s story as its vistas– a revelation that may bring her charade to an end.

About the Author:Karen   Barnett

Karen Barnett is the award-winning author of the Golden Gate Chronicles (Out of the Ruins, Beyond the Ashes, Through the Shadows) and MISTAKEN. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two kids, and a bevy of furry friends. You can learn more about Karen’s writing journey at


Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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18 responses to “First Line Friday #109

  1. Jen@GracetoGrow

    I’ve heard good things about this series, but I haven’t read it yet! Enjoy the next two books! 🙂

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line of Being Known by Robin Jones Gunn. Right now I’m reading Dead End by Nancy Mehl, so I’ll share the first line here: “Norman Webber offered his wife a tight smile as he dealt with yet another one of her awful presents.”

    Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

  2. Kay Garrett

    What was the appropriate outfit to wear for getting engaged?
    HANDS OF GRACE by Brenda S. Anderson
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Vanishing of Olivia Beck” by Sara L. Foust:

    “Olivia Beck pulled her gaze from the rearview mirror for the tenth time in as many minutes. She would not cry.”

  4. Happy Friday!

    I love this first line. It’s so original.

    On my blog this week, I’m sharing the first line from The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel:

    “Once upon a time, color had dominated Eva Jamison’s days.”

    Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

  5. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Misunderstood Meg by Jo Grafford. Here, I will share the first line in chapter 24 of my current read, Dreams in Deadwood by Kari Trumbo. Jennie scanned the stack of gowns, towels, sheets, nightclothes, napkins, curtains, and other things laying on her side of the bed. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I’m sharing the first line from The Englisch Daughter by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall on my blog. This book is FANTASTIC! I’m currently on chapter 17 so I’ll share a line from there.
    “Roy glanced at the clock on the wall of the social services’ private meeting room.”
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. I read this one and really enjoyed it. The first line does not do the book justice, in fact from that line, I might not have picked it up. I hope you continue to enjoy this series Becca.

  8. Paula Shreckhise

    I’m doing Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese. I’ll use the first line from Chapter 15:

    Like a grouping of cancerous cells, my family’s cynicism had slithered into my subconscious and infected my thoughts with their poison.

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