First Line Friday #77

Posted September 6, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 16 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The Book I’m featuring this week is:


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Cedarwycke Plantation
March 15, 1862

Lydia pinched her nose to stifle the sneeze that would surely betray her hiding place.

I just started reading this one and I’m already hooked! I’ve read other books by this author and loved them but somehow haven’t read this one yet. There is a new release in this series coming very soon too so there’s no better time to get caught up! 🙂

About the Book:

A Mississippi Plantation: Civil War pits country men against one another and tears a nation asunder. Life and death are held in the balance where everyone is a slave to something.

One is born free, yet lives as a soul in bondage…
Lydia Harper never intended to purchase a slave. But when she witnesses a woman being beaten in the street, all her pretenses begin to unravel. A bride to a man she barely knows and bound by her secrets, Lydia will risk everything to save a stranger. Amid the War Between the States, the mistress of Ironwood faces the battles in her own heart and discovers strength in a way she never imagined.

The other is born to serve, yet holds the spirit of freedom…
Ruth, standing on the threshold of desperation, has lost everything she holds dear. After being pulled from the dirt, she is no longer a field hand but the personal maid to the lady of Ironwood. Ruth soon realizes adversity pays no mind to the color of skin. When propriety slips, she discovers they have more in common than she dreamed possible. In a time when fear brings the South to its knees, two women will forge a friendship in the fires of redemption and thrust Ironwood into a new future – where the battle for freedom has merely begun.

About the Author:Stephenia H. McGee

Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of history. She currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and the deep south.

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16 responses to “First Line Friday #77

  1. Kay Garrett

    “Get to the shelter! A tornado is heading this way!”
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. 1bgpayne

    I’m sharing the first line from a book that has given me much laughter this week.
    New York City November 1885
    Any smidgen of hope that her entrance into New York high society would be deemed a rousing success died the moment Miss Poppy Garrison’s tiara became firmly attached to the sleeve of her dance partner. A Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano

  3. Ellie

    The book I shared on my blog today is You Belong With Me by Tari Faris, however the book I’m currently reading is Reunited in the Rockies by Mindy Obenhaus. I’m currently on chapter 12 so I’ll share that first line here. ” Jude could hardly wait to show Kayla the crib designs he’d sketched for her.”

    I hope you have a nice weekend!

  4. Today on my blog I am sharing the first line from Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan: I am just starting chapter seven, so I will share the first couple of lines from there.

    “Rhett wiped down the espresso machine one last time then glanced at the large silver clock with chunky black numbers mounted on the white brick wall. His shift had ended a few minutes ago, and the cafe was empty.”

    Happy reading! I hope you have an excellent weekend. 🙂💚📚

  5. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Ford” by Susan May Warren:

    “If Ford didn’t get his head in the game, they were doomed. People were going to die. Probably him.”

  6. Here’s the first line from the last book to arrive at my house, The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal. “Talia Inger clutched her side, letting her shoulder fall against the alley wall.”

    Have a great weekend!

  7. I’m quite curious about this book and how, if the main character had never thought of owning a slave, why she did not ‘grant; the woman her freedom? Of course, then there would not have been a book, so…Hopefully that is the ending that comes then. Hope you have a lovely, book-filled weekend!

    • Without spoiling anything I think it’s safe to say that while she didn’t think she’d ever own a slave, she also didn’t realize what life was actually like for one. So there was a lot of personal growth that she went through as a character throughout the story. Hope that helps!

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