First-Line Friday #49


Welcome to this week’s edition of #FirstLineFridays! This week, in honor of Independence Day, our theme is homeland, national pride, or community.

Whispers from the Shadows

by: Roseanna M. White


About the Book

London, England

April 1814

The servants hefting her trunks onto the carriage might as well have been loading her coffin. Gwyneth Fairchild pulled her pelisse close and gazed across Hanover Square with a sick feeling in her stomach.

I promise this main character gets to America by chapter 3, so this book totally fits with our theme this week.

Roseanna M. White is one of the best historical fiction writers I’ve come across. I eagerly await every new book she creates! Roseanna tells amazing stories. Her characters are well-written and realistic. And, the adventures her characters go through are so good every one of her books is a page turner! If you are looking for something highly engaging and historical to read this weekend, you may want to consider one of Roseanna’s novels. They are so good!!!

Whispers from the Shadows is book 2 in Roseanna’s Culper Ring series. I feel you could read this book as a standalone, but there are characters from book 1 that do make an appearance.


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47 thoughts on “First-Line Friday #49

  1. I enjoy Roseanna White’s books!

    My first line comes from The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard

    November 1942

    The news that June’s grandfather was being evicted had come from her older sister Mary, who worked in town at Langham’s Drug Store.

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  2. From Jill Mansell’s book, THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING:
    “What could be more glorious than sitting at a pavement cafe on a sunny afternoon in June, wearing a marvelous new hat and witnessing an imminent crime?”

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  3. Happy Friday!😎

    My first lines come from Loving Grace by April Smith.

    I’M LATE. THE PHONE IS already ringing off the wall by the time I make it to my desk. I toss my keys and bag to the side, not really bothering with where they land. I’ll get them later. I grab the phone and snag the corner of the desk with my hip. That’s going to leave a mark.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊

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  4. New York City
    June 1858
    Marianne Neumann’s fingers were shaking so hard she could barely pry open the first record book. There were half a dozen more in the drawer. How could she possibly search through all of them?
    By Jody Hedlund

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  5. You’ve interested me enough in this author that I went to Amazon to check out her other novels. I will definitely be giving her a try. The book I’m sharing on my blog is “Lord Livesey’s Bluestocking” by Audrey Harrison. I will share the first line from chapter 22. “Livesey stood next to his aunt in the side chapel, taking in the scene whilst gritting his teeth.” Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. I love Roseanna White’s books!!! **sigh** can’t wait to get my hands on another!

    I’ll share a first line from a book I hope to start reading very soon.

    “Two construction workers carried in the orange ladder splatted with dried paint blotches and old drywall mud.”

    From The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday! 🙂

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  7. Love Roseanna’s books and need tobre-read this series. Too many books- too little time is my mantra!

    My first line is from Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl:

    As Martin Avery waited to be murdered, he was surprised to find that, more than anything else, he felt offended.

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  8. I need to read some of the older Roseanna White books. I’ve loved her last two series!

    My current read is The Truth Between Us by Tammy L. Gray:

    Nine months, twenty-seven days, and four hours.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

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  9. I shared the first few lines of Rosie Walsh’s debut “Ghosted” on my blog, but I’m going to share an old favorite here.

    “The fans scream for her, but they don’t really know the girl on the magazine covers – the girl with the guitar and the easy smile. Her given name is Delilah, and they think she goes by Lilah. But anyone who really knows my best friend calls her Dee.”

    That line comes from Emery Lord’s “Open Road Summer”. It’s a light, fun and romantic read, perfect for, well, summer. Haha!

    Hope you enjoyed it. Happy Friday! 😀

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  10. Happy Friday!

    I need to read this series!

    I’m reading Newlywed Games by Mary Davis right now, so here’s the first line: “Bruce Halloway had looked up with a start when he heard the ruckus outside his office window.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

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  11. Happy Friday! My first line is from This Freedom Journey by Misty M. Beller:

    “This journey I take seems foolish to others, yet I can’t help the yearning that fuels me. ~ Adrien’s Journal”

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  12. I’m sharing from Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton on my blog today (didn’t see the theme until after I posted), so here is the rather long first line from chapter 2:

    “The babysitter was late, Addie and Walsh were flying around the house in superhero capes yelling the Batman theme song–“Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Batman!”–and Jenna had just poured a mug of coffee when Walsh bumped into her from behind, spilling hot liquid down the front of her black Full Cup Coffee T-shirt.”

    Happy Friday!

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  13. Happy Reading!

    I’m featuring lines from Danielle Norman’s upcoming release “Stetson” on my blog.

    Here I’m sharing lines from Susan Stoker’s “Shelter for Blythe.”

    “That her?” Sawyer “Squirrel” McClay turned to look at his friend and fellow firefighter, Penelope. She was sitting on one of the couches in the fire station with her pet miniature donkey, Smokey, beside her.

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  14. The book I shared on my blog is The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli, but I’m currently reading Things I Never Told You by Beth K Vogt so I’ll share that first line here: “The what-ifs taunted me every time I visited my parents, but any hope of beginning again had vanished years ago–if there’d ever been one. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  15. I have never read any of ROSEANNA M. WHITE books. But it sounds like I am missing out on some very wonderful stories. I do believe I will be checking out some of her books. Thank you for the review and a new Author.

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