First Line Friday #19

Posted July 27, 2018 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 25 Comments


Happy Friday! This week I’m starting off by asking a question for the comments… when you open a book if there is a quote before the first lines of the actual story, do you consider that the first line of the book or do you only consider it just extra?

With that being said, this week I’m featuring:

A Rumored Fortune
By: Joanna Davidson Politano

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Considering the book starts with a quote, I’ll share both the quote at the beginning, and the story’s first line 🙂

“Never let common sense stand in the way of a great legend, they say, and there’s wisdom in that. Because on occasion, those great legends turn out to be true.”

~Notebook of a viticulturist

And getting into the story…

Somerset, England, 1866

“I say Tressa Harlowe’s dead. It’s the only explanation for it.”

I’ve had this one on my TBR pile for a while, but I just received my copy in the mail yesterday! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

About the Book:
Tressa Harlowe’s father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they’ll not soon forget.

About the Author: joanna-davidson-politano
Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her 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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25 responses to “First Line Friday #19

  1. Ellie

    I’m sharing the first line from A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman on my blog today. I’m currently on chapter 8 so I’ll share the first line from that chapter here. “Jacob had fallen into a comfortable routine by Thursday afternoon.”

    I hope you have a nice weekend!

  2. Today I shared the first couple of lines from Fiona Davis’ upcoming book “The Masterpiece” on my blog. But as I’m only about 25% into the book, let me share the first few lines of the chapter I’m currently reading.

    “Clara had seen Levon only twice since he’d taken her class five days earlier: once in a crowded hallway, where he’d given her a salute as he brushed by, and another time on the concourse of the terminal, where she was certain he’d spotted her but pretended not to.
    His puerile behavior annoyed her. She had no way of knowing if he’d upheld his end of the bet and insisted that Mr. Lorette keep her on.”

    I hope you enjoy that. Happy weekend and enjoying your reading! 😀

  3. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Dancing in the Rain by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery:

    “The letter was probably one more rejection Loni could add to all the others crumpled in her trash.”

  4. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book. Here’s the first line from a book on my TBR shelf, Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley — It wasn’t too hot for 10:00 P.M. in the middle of May unless you were about to climb over the ledge of a fourteen-story building in downtown Memphis.

    Happy Friday!

  5. Happy Friday!😊

    My first line comes from The Mending by Susan Lantz Simpson……..

    She sensed someone had entered the room, even though she’d been dozing and hadn’t heard the whoosh of the door opening or the squeak of athletic shoes on the tile floor. Her eyes felt glued shut.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚

  6. Happy Friday! Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright. Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter 28 of the same book:
    “Dusk had settled over Gossamer Pond. The mist rolled off its surface, making the mossy green algae glow in the moonlight.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Cara Putman’s novel A Promise Forged. Here I will share the first line from the novel I just started reading, Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar.

    “The first time I climbed through a window and crept about secretly through a house, the moon sat high in the sky and I was running away from home.”

    Hope you have a great weekend! 😀

  8. Happy Friday!

    Ooh, I’m really looking forward to this book!

    I’m reading The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy right now, so here’s the first line: “Outlaws have too many feathers in their hats.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

  9. I think of the quote as important, but not the first line. To me, I consider the first line to be the first *original* line the author wrote. That said, the quote often sets the tone for the chapter or book, depending on the book.

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy. So here I will share the first line from a novella I am currently reading, Teach Me To Love by Kari Trumbo, part of the Timeless Love collection:

    “It wasn’t right to pray he would just die.”

  10. Although I’m interested in the quote, I do not consider it the first line of the story. On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff. Since I’m still reading the book, I will share the first two lines from chapter 8 here. “Jake finished hitching the wagon as the sun rose over the horizon. When he peered in the door of the soddie, Evangeline stood before him trying to press the wrinkles out of her green dress with her hands.” Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from a different book on my blog today, but my current lunchtime read is the second Lady Alkmene Cozy Mystery, Diamonds of Death by Vivian Conroy. Here are the first lines:

    “It was madness to do this on a night with a full moon. But then you had to be a little mad to do this work to begin with.”

  12. Paula Shreckhise

    My First line is from The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason:

    May 1919
    Grace Abernathy stood at the rail of the S S Olympic, staring out over the calm expanse of the sea as the last trace of sunlight disappeared over the horizon.

  13. carylkane

    Happy Friday! My first line comes from The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

    London, 1913

    It was dark where she crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told.

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