First Line Friday — Undercut by Heather Day Gilbert

2 Mar

Every Friday bloggers are posting the first lines (or 2 or 3, hee hee) of the book closest to them — First Line Friday! I’ve had so much fun discovering new books and authors through this weekly meme. To join in, all you have to do is grab the nearest book, post its first sentence in the comments of this post, and then head on over to Hoarding Books to discover more great first lines. Now, we are very flexible in this, so if another line grabs your fancy, by all means share that one (or 2 or 3! 😉 ). The more the merrier with books!


This week, my first line comes from the very talented mystery author, Heather Day Gilbert and her novella Undercut, the second installment in the Hemlock Creek Suspense series.


Marine sniper Isaiah (“Zane”) Boone is home from Afghanistan with more than a few ghosts. Try as he might to settle back into civilian life in small-town West Virginia, he can’t escape the conviction he’s being followed. Both Zane’s ex-wife and his psychologist claim he’s paranoid, and he can’t prove he’s not. Hoping to outrun his misery, he sets his romantic sights on the irresistible Molly McClure. A successful wedding coordinator at the illustrious Greenbrier Resort, Molly has had plenty of wealthy men willing to open their wallets and hearts for her. But when Zane strides into the upscale Greenbrier lobby with his lumberjack boots and his troubled eyes, the attraction she’s felt since high school reawakens — and she’s willing to go way out of her comfort zone to pursue it. When Molly becomes an innocent target, Zane realizes too late that his malevolent stalkers are very real. As a net of vengeance tightens around them, Zane gears up for a fight to the death…and Molly has just one chance to prove she can be far more than a pretty face. Book 2 in the Hemlock Creek Suspense series by Grace award-winning, INSPY-longlist nominated author Heather Day Gilbert.

To purchase, click HERE. (It’s only $2.99 on Kindle!)

Heather Day Gilbert, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and contemporary mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.”

Find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at

29 Responses to “First Line Friday — Undercut by Heather Day Gilbert”

  1. susandyer1962 March 2, 2018 at 7:12 am #

    Happy Friday!

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading soon, Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak!

    As far back as Sloane McBride could remember, she’d been told she was an ice-queen. Even the people closest to her, especially the people closest to her, complained about her reserve.

    Have a great weekend!😁

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:15 am #

      That line makes me sad. Have a great weekend!

  2. Paula Shreckhise March 2, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    My first line is from The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep.
    Dover, England, 1808
    Numbers would be the death of Johanna Langley.

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      And me! Lol!

  3. Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading) March 2, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    Happy Friday! I first fell in love with Heather’s books with her Viking’s. I haven’t yet read my way through all of her books, but those I have read, I’ve loved!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:12 am #

      I’ve loved all her books. Mystery is my favorite so I’m partial to those.

  4. carylkane March 2, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    The turquoise water surrounded Kaia Oana in a warm, wet blanket of delight. – Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      Ahh! Hawaii!

  5. bellesmoma16 March 2, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    Oooohhh! This looks like a book I have to buy now!!!

    Happy Friday!

    Today I am showcasing the first line from Michelle Griep’s newest novel, The Innkeeper’s Daughter. I am loving the book. It is a page turner, and the hero is wonderful. I am just starting chapter 18, so I will share the first line from that chapter here:

    “Johanna opened the door to chaos, then stood there, jaw agape.”

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      That book looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Anneliese Dalaba March 2, 2018 at 11:30 am #

    Happy Friday! The book I’m sharing on my blog is an old one: The Knight and the Dove by Lori Wick. Here, I will share Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer, “Peace and quiet. That’s all he sought.” Have a wonderful weekend.

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:10 am #


  7. Beware Of The Reader March 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    What has he done? LOL My lines for today: “Louisville, Kentucky, 2015

    All Allison wanted was for this conversation to be over. That and she hoped the ehavy gray clouds would part and the sun would appear. It could go either way today – sun or rain. She stood at the kitchen window, peeling old white paint off the sill as she waited for the Kentucky sky to make up its mind.

    Meanwhile, sitting behind her at the table, her lover, Cooper Mc Queen, gently ruined her life.” Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  8. Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird Blog March 2, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

    I shared the first line from The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel today.

    Here’s the first line from the prologue of my current read: “Wyatt Paxton never realized coming home could be as bittersweet as leaving.” (From The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin)

  9. BookwormMama14 March 2, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    Oh wow…sad but great line

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:09 am #


  10. Iola March 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    I love a good suspense story, and this one definitely sounds good! However, my Kiwi brain is trying to work out how Isaiah becomes Zane …

    I’m currently reading Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh. Here’s the first line;

    Evelyn Brandt stood in her kitchen, the sound of uptight laughter filtering in from the dining room.

    It’s excellent!

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:08 am #

      Sounds good!

  11. Heather Day Gilbert (@heatherdgilbert) March 2, 2018 at 10:22 pm #

    Yay! Thanks so much for including that first line! Zane and Molly were a fun couple to write because they’re so different from each other! 😉

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:08 am #

      Can’t wait to read it! I also downloaded Out of Circulation.

  12. Yvette - Bookworlder March 3, 2018 at 1:43 am #

    I need to give Heather’s mysteries a try – I loved her Viking historicals! I’m sharing from Karen Barnett’s The Road to Paradise on my blog today, so here I’ll share the first line from another book I hope to read soon, The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim:

    “Buffered by grassland, the collision is strangely quiet.”

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary March 3, 2018 at 9:07 am #

      Thanks for sharing! I loved The Outcast. I need to check out The Alliance.

      • Yvette - Bookworlder March 3, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

        I received copies of both The Outcast and The Alliance through Tyndale’s Rewards program. I’m looking forward to both 😀

      • rbclibrary March 4, 2018 at 10:16 am #


  13. hjsnyder28 March 8, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Goodness…great fist line. Happy Thursday!

    • rbclibrary March 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

      Thanks! You too!

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