First Line Friday #44

Posted January 18, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 18 Comments


Happy Friday!

Today the book I’m featuring is:


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Pleasant Valley
Northwoods of Wisconsin, 1908

Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind.

Y’all, I don’t have the words to say how awesome this book was! I was blessed enough to receive an early copy, but it releases next week on Jan 22! You can click HERE to see my full review, and stop back next week because I’ll be sharing an interview with Jaime Jo on release day! 🙂

About the Book:

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

About the Author:Jaime Jo Wright

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures 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 #44

  1. My copy came this week! Cannot wait to read it. I shared from Jolina Petersheim’s newest book, How The Light Gets In, on my blog. Have a great day!

  2. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Liza’s Second Chance” by Molly Jebber:

    “Liza Schrock clenched her teeth and dug her fingers in the fresh dough in her Amish bakery.”

  3. Brenda Murphree

    Just got this book. I’m reading it and 2 more. Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. This is from “The Curse of Misty Wayfair”.
    One more from “Of Fire and Lions” by Mesu Andrews. I’d never seen a sesame seed grow until I came to Babylon almost seventy years ago.

  4. Iola

    That cover is definitely atmospheric, and the first line is brilliant.

    I’m sharing the first line from The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings on my blog today. I’m hearing great things about it, and am looking forward to reading it.

  5. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green. It’s so amazing!!! I’m currently on chapter 22, so I’ll leave the first line from there.

    “The river had grown narrow and felt even smaller since Bright Star and Joseph had arrived with Gaspard Fontaine.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 😀❤📚

  6. I’ve enjoyed novellas by Jaime Jo Wright, but I need to get started on her novels! I’m sharing from Excellent Women by Barbara Pym on my blog today, but I haven’t started reading it yet, so here is a not-so-randomly chosen line from the first page:

    “I suppose an unmarried woman just over third, who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself involved or interested in other people’s business, and if she is also a clergyman’s daughter then one might really say that there is no hope for her.”

    Have a great weekend!

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