First Line Friday — A Vast And Gracious Tide

8 Jun

Happy Friday! What is better for a beach read than romance, suspense, and an actual beach setting! With that in mind, I am sharing the first line from Lisa Carter‘s newest novel, A Vast And Gracious Tide. Carter is a new author to me, and I am really looking forward to digging into this book.

Do you have a beach read in your future? Share the first line, and then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines.



A wounded veteran and the police chief’s daughter must work together to bring a killer to justice

Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life.

McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died three years ago. Now, when the handsome yet heartbroken Caden arrives at her doorstep, she starts to wonder if there may be hope for her heart after all . . .

But no sooner do they meet than a man is found murdered on McKenna’s property — and Caden is the prime suspect. The two must learn to trust each other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks.

Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick.

As a Southern romantic suspense writer — Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder — Lisa Carter has definite opinions on serious issues like barbeque, ACC basketball and the whole Pepsi vs. Coke controversy.

She and her husband have two daughters and make their home in North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales. She also enjoys quilting and researching her next exotic adventure.


22 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Vast And Gracious Tide”

  1. susandyer1962 June 8, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book I will be reading next, Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe.

    “I like Zeb Turner for the assistant ranch foreman position.” Travis Maxwell looked across the conference table at his sisters, Lucy and Emma, hoping for confirmation, and then shoved another cinnamon roll into his mouth.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊

    • rbclibrary June 8, 2018 at 7:56 am #

      That last part made me chuckle … and hungry! Have a great Friday!

  2. joyofreadingweb June 8, 2018 at 8:02 am #

    Over on my blog I’m featuring Among The Poppies by J’Nell Ciesielski. Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter 22.
    “The wrench spun like a dial, blurring faster and faster until it flew off the side of the engine and cartwheeled in the dirt.”

    • rbclibrary June 8, 2018 at 8:24 am #

      Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Friday!

  3. hjsnyder28 June 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary June 8, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

      To you too!

  4. Yvette - Bookworlder June 8, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    I’m sharing from the prologue of King’s Folly by Jill Williamson on my blog today, so here I’ll share from the first chapter:

    “A procession of fifty men made their way through the cool desert night from the royal retreat in Canden toward The Gray. Fifty-one men, technically, though the king did not count the wailing convict riding in the cage since the man would soon be dead.”

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary June 8, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

      What an opening! ThNks for sharing.

  5. Paula Shreckhise June 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    My FLF is from A Defense of Honor by Kristi Hunter:
    London 1816
    Graham, the Viscount Wharton, heir to the earldom of Grableton, pride of the Cambridge fencing team, coveted party guest, and generally well-liked member of both Brooke’s and White’s , was bored.
    Let me tell you , this book is never boring! Kristi has captivated again!

    • rbclibrary June 8, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      Glad to hear. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. j9reads June 8, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today’s first lines come from Kat Mizera’s new release, Defending Dani. This was a super sweet and emotional hockey romance.

    “Sergei Petrov got out of the taxi and hurriedly paid the drive as he grabbed his bag. He hadn’t seen his son in more than two months and couldn’t wait to look into his sweet little face.”

    I’m featuring lines from Lexi Blake’s new release “Order of Protection” on my blog. Check out to see the start of her newest series!

    • rbclibrary June 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm #

      Aww. Sweet lines!

  7. bellesmoma16 June 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first paragraph to This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller. Here I will share the first two lines from the book I’m currently reading, I Am My Beloved by Caryl McAdoo. It’s a retelling of Song of Solomon.

    “Abishag held the cups level and took small ladylike steps, careful not to slosh. She grinned then placed the wine — except water really, her mother wouldn’t allow her real wine — on the stone table.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend with lots of quality reading time! 😁

    • rbclibrary June 9, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

      Thx!! Happy week!

  8. thebeccafiles June 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    The Book I’m sharing on my blog is Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan but I’m currently listening to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and I’ll share the first line from that here: “We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.” Happy reading this weekend! 🙂

    • rbclibrary June 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

      To you too!

  9. Colletta June 9, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    I’m also reading a beachy book! I hope you can stop by:


    • rbclibrary June 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your link.

  10. Becky June 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    My copy just arrived in the mail the other day. Can’t wait to check this out. 😀

    I’m sharing about The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd on my blog today. I’m currently reading Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh so I’ll share the first line from that here:

    “He shouldn’t be here.”

    Happy weekend! 😀

    • rbclibrary June 9, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

      I’m currently reading both of those. Great books!

  11. JaneReads June 9, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

    This is the book I am starting next. Looking forward to it.
    I am going to share with you the first line of my current read, The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble. “Two construction workers carried in the orange ladder splatted with dried paint blotches and old drywall mud.”

    • rbclibrary June 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

      That one is on my TBR list for later this summer. Have a great weekend!

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