First Line Friday — The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

13 Jul

Happy Friday! As you read this post, I am gazing out on the Gulf of Mexico (or I’m sleeping in 😉 ). Whatever, I am definitely at the beach, and I have brought along Jaime Jo Wright‘s latest novel, The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond.  There are a lot of mysterious goings on in this book — perfect to keep me occupied while my husband enjoys his continuing education.

What’s the first line of the closest book to you? Leave me a comment, then head over to Hoarding Books for more great lines from great authors!



For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future — or their very souls.

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at!


33 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond”

  1. Rachel July 13, 2018 at 7:00 am #

    I shared the first few lines (and then some) of one of my old favorites Open Road Summer by Emery Lord on my blog. But let me share the first line of the book I’m currently reading, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza, on here instead.

    “Tell people one true thing before you tell them a lie. Then it will be easier for them to believe the lie.”

    Happy reading! And happy Friday to you! 😀

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 7:59 am #

      Ooh! Great lines! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. joyofreadingweb July 13, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    I’m going to be reading this one soon!!! 🙂 Have fun at the beach!!

    Today, I’m sharing the first line from River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart over on my blog, so I’ll share with you here the first line from chapter 12 of the same book.
    “In the years she’d been with Ruth, Adria had brought home plenty of strays.”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 8:00 am #

      That book looks good. I need to check it out.

  3. Paula Shreckhise July 13, 2018 at 8:21 am #

    You took my first line!!! It just shows we like the same kind of books!
    I’ll switch genres and give you the first line of Beneath the Surface by Lynn Blackburn:

    Homicide investigator Ryan Parker flashed a thumbs-up to his dive buddy and fellow homicide investigator, Gabe Chavez.

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      Also a great book. My bookclub is reading it next month.

  4. nashpredsfan27 July 13, 2018 at 8:29 am #

    There are so many great books out right now and only so much time to get to them! This one is on my audiobook list so I can catch up while at the office 🙂

    I’m currently reading (listening to) Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks. Here’s the first line from Chapter 5:

    By the time Murphy finished diagraming, it was raining again, the crowd had thinned to two people, and the bulk of the law enforcement and emergency vehicles were gone.

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 9:48 am #

      Can’t wait to read this book!

  5. susandyer1962 July 13, 2018 at 9:42 am #

    Happy Friday!😁

    My First Line Fridays comes from a book I’m planning on reading very soon, Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts.

    On Friday, July 22, 2005, Simone Knox ordered a large Fanta – orange – to go with her popcorn and Swedish Fish. The choice, her standard night at the movies fare, changed her life, and very likely saved it. Still, she’d never drink Fanta again.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😎📚📚

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 9:49 am #

      Well that’s certainly intriguing! Happy Friday.

  6. carylkane July 13, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    I love this book!

    My first line comes from The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander

    I raised the long, curved bow and with two fingers pulled back its string, all the while resisting the urge to remove one of the silver-shafted arrows nestled in the quiver slung over my shoulder.

    Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

      What a great line! Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. bellesmoma16 July 13, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Melanie Dickerson’s novel, The Orphan’s Wish. I just started it and I’m loving it so much!

    Here, I will share the first line from chapter 8 (that’s where I’m at currently).

    “Aladdin followed Herr Kaufmann around for the first week.”

    Hope you have a great weekend full of fun reading!!! ❤📚

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      Looks like such a great book. Happy Friday!

  8. amystanton July 13, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

    Maybe I should come up with an action plan if I ever stumble upon a dead body 🙂

    Today, I’m sharing the first line from a book recommended by my daughter: Matched by Ally Condie. “Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night?” I don’t think I’m going to read that one, but she sure liked it 🙂

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

      I don’t have a plan either! Have a lovely weekend.

      • amystanton July 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

        Uh oh! You have a great weekend too 🙂

  9. Anneliese Dalaba July 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    Ha! I doubt if very many of us ever thought about what we would notice first upon seeing a dead body. 🙂 The book I’m featuring on my blog is “My Sister’s Intended” by Rachael Anderson. It’s been on my TBR list for quite some time now, but I finally read it and am so glad I did. Truly an enjoyable read. I will share the first line from Chapter Eleven here. “”Would you care to go for a stroll with me in the gardens, Miss Gifford?” Brand asked, not sure whether or not he wanted her to accept.”

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

      Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  10. hszott July 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    What a great first line!

    I’m reading The Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell right now, so here’s the first line: “Miss Sweeney disappeared on the first day of March, an icy Thursday morning of gloves and boots and veneers of diamondy frost on the windows of Sacred Heart High School.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

      Another ominous first line.

  11. hjsnyder28 July 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    Oh my! Ok, so I need the second, third, and fourth line! Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

      You need the whole book! Lol!

  12. lelandandbecky July 13, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    Looking forward to reading this one!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from La Risposta: The Answer (A Tuscan Legacy book 9) by Autumn Macarthur:

    Prologue: “Instead of returning to her vegetable garden, Teresa Pellegrini rushed into the farmhouse.”

    • rbclibrary July 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

      Happy weekend!

  13. thebeccafiles July 13, 2018 at 10:07 pm #

    The book I shared on my blog this week is Her Place in Time by Stephenia H McGee but my next book is going to be The Baker’s secret by Stephen P Kiernan so I’ll share that first line here: “All through those years of war, the bread tasted of humiliation.” Hope you have happy weekend with plenty of reading! 🙂

    • rbclibrary July 14, 2018 at 8:00 am #

      Wow, that’s a great line! Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Yvette - Bookworlder July 14, 2018 at 12:42 am #

    I need to get a copy of this! I’m sharing from a book that will be out early next month (I won an uncorrected proof on GoodReads) on my blog today, The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant, so here is the second line:

    “It wasn’t the fault of the trousers, of course, but it was tempting to blame them nonetheless.”

    Happy Reading and have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 14, 2018 at 7:59 am #

      Cute line! Have a great weekend.

  15. Iola July 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

    A great first line!

    I’m sharing the first line from More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer on my blog today. It’s an excellent story.

    • rbclibrary July 15, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      Glad to hear it! Thanks for stopping by. It’s probably a new week in NZ, so have a good one!

  16. Jessica Baker July 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Just got this in the mail and can’t wait to dive in!! Happy reading 🙂

    • rbclibrary July 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

      It’s a great book!

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