Welcome to First Line Fridays! The day we grab the book closest to us and share the first line. Join the fun and discover your next read!
I will only have a debut novel once in my life, so forgive my shameless plug as this week I share the first line from my own novel! (I’m a smidge excited. Can you tell?)
PS – Waltz in the Wilderness releases Tuesday, February 4th!!
Here is the first line:
CALIFORNIA GOLD FIELDS
“No!” The scream pierced Eli, ripping her from sleep.
She’s desperate to find her missing father. His conscience demands he risk all to help.
Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother’s death, so she’ll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend’s unexpected assistance is a blessing she can’t refuse.
Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it’s been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancé is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.
When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?
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Now it’s your turn to grab the book nearest you and leave a comment with the first (or your favorite) line!
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