First Line Friday #97

Posted January 24, 2020 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 14 Comments


Happy Friday!

This week the book I’m featuring is:


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Meg’s father was gone. Again.

I’m excited to be a part of the launch team for this read so I have already been able to read it but it officially releases soon on February 4, 2020. My full review will be shared soon but for now I can tell you that I found it to be a gripping read and I’m already looking forward to the next in the series 🙂

About the Book:

Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago’s business district, they lose much more than just their store.

The sisters become separated from their father, and after Meg burns her hands in an attempt to save a family heirloom, they make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of Chicago Tribune reporter Nate Pierce. Once the smoke clears away, they reunite with Stephen, only to learn soon after that their family friend not only died during the fire–he was murdered. Even more shocking, Stephen is charged with the crime and committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum.

Though homeless, injured, and suddenly unemployed, Meg must not only gather the pieces of her shattered life, but prove her father’s innocence before the asylum truly drives him mad.

About the Author:Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green is the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King, A Refuge Assured, and Between Two Shores. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly and have been honored with the Christy Award and the Golden Scroll. Jocelyn lives with her family in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit 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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14 responses to “First Line Friday #97

  1. Kay Garrett

    If Lucy Maxwell had learned one thing. It was that when life appeared to be going smoothly, it was time to listen closely for the other boot to drop.
    CLAIMING HER COWBOY by Tina Radcliffe
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Ellie

    I’m sharing the first line from The Bright Unknown on my blog today, however I’m currently reading Her Rocky Mountain Hope by Mindy Obenhaus so I’ll share the first line from that book here: “Boy, he needed a haircut.” I hope you have a good weekend!

  3. Happy Friday! I’m sharing from Walkabout, by James Vance Marshall on my blog today. Here is the first line from chapter 2:

    “The advance guard of sunlight filtered into the gully, turning the night to powdery opaqueness.”

  4. Paula Shreckhise

    Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green was soooooo goood

    My first line is from End Game by Rachel Dylan:
    “I think they may be keeping dead bodies in their condo.”

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