First Line Friday — A Rumored Fortune

10 Aug

Happy Friday everyone! What book do you have on tap to read this weekend? I hope to finish A Rumored Fortune, Joanna Davidson Politano‘s second historical novel. The first two lines certainly piqued my interest. What do you think? Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment with the first line of the closest book, then head over to Hoarding Books to find more fabulous first lines.


Tressa Harlowe’s father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they’ll not soon forget.

Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods and shares stories that move her at


22 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Rumored Fortune”

  1. Rachel August 10, 2018 at 5:42 am #

    Happy Friday!

    I shared the first line of the 8th book from the In Death series, Conspiracy in Death. But here, I’ll share with you the first line of one of the books I’m currently reading. This one is from Kit Frick’s “See All the Stars.”


    We went to the party because Ret insisted. I was perfectly happy right where we were: lying on our backs in Jenni’s sprawling front yard, building our best-ever summer playlist, telling time by the dandelion clocks until the sky was a white haze of down. We were idle and airy. We had perfected the summer loaf.

    Hope you enjoyed that. Happy weekend! 😀

    • rbclibrary August 10, 2018 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  2. Becky August 10, 2018 at 7:30 am #

    This is on my TBR. It looks sooooo good. 😀

    I’m sharing about “By the Waters of Babylon” by Mesu Andrews on the blog today, but I’m currently reading “Where the Fire Falls” by Karen Barnett so my first line will come from there.

    Olivia Rutherford applied lip rouge the same way she painted -with bold, broad strokes. Anything to distract from the truth.

    Happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with reading excellent books! 😀

    • rbclibrary August 10, 2018 at 8:52 am #

      That’s a good book too. Enjoy it!

  3. carylkane August 10, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line comes from I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable

    OCTOBER 2001

    “Maybe she’ll surprise us,” Eric said.

    • rbclibrary August 10, 2018 at 8:51 am #

      Happy Friday!

  4. lelandandbecky August 10, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Other People’s Children by Ellen Fannon (which I have laughed so hard through the little bit I started reading): Prologue:

    “Why are children so childish?” Robin groused to herself as she sat valiantly attempting to put two coherent thoughts together for her newspaper column that was due tomorrow.

    • rbclibrary August 10, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

      I love a book that can make me laugh.

  5. susandyer1962 August 10, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Happy Friday!😎

    My first lines come from Carolina Mercy by Regina Rudd Merrick…..

    Lucy Dixon wanted it to be a bad dream, but it wasn’t. Auto pilot. It was the only way she was getting through this. Daddy was dead.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚💖

    • rbclibrary August 10, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

      Wow! That’s ominous. Have a great weekend!

  6. Anneliese Dalaba August 10, 2018 at 12:19 pm #

    Happy Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring a Regency romance by Sally Britton, “The Gentleman Physician.” I’m still reading it so I will share the first line in Chapter 20 here. “Are you going to resume glaring at Miss Devon when she returns?” Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

      Great line! Enjoy your book!

  7. Brandy Heineman August 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    Happy Friday! At the top of my digital stack is “Enchanted Isle” by Melanie Dobson…

    “Gilbert Kemp whistled as he trekked down the steep hill to Windermere, whistled as he circled the water’s edge toward the boathouse. Not that he was happy about retrieving his older brother from the park tonight–Simon should have been home hours ago–but earlier this evening, Liz had said yes.”

    Sound’s like trouble ahead… 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary August 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      Love Dobson’s books. Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. amystanton August 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    TGIF! On my blog, I’m featuring The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. “Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78.” It’s a new one I picked up and it sound intriguing! Have a great weekend.

    • rbclibrary August 11, 2018 at 5:57 am #

      Happy reading!

  9. Yvette - Bookworlder August 10, 2018 at 9:38 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from the third Lady Alkmene Callender Cosy Mystery on my blog today. Here are the first lines from the fourth, Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy:

    “Can’t this thing go any faster?” Denise Hargrove snapped at the driver. During the drive she’d consulted her watch over and over again, exuding a nervous energy Lady Alkmene Callender found hard to place.

    • rbclibrary August 11, 2018 at 5:57 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  10. hjsnyder28 August 11, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    I have seen this book on Amazon, and it looks so good! Definitely adding it to my wish list. 🙂 Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary August 11, 2018 at 10:07 am #

      Hope you enjoy it too!

  11. Carolyn Astfalk August 13, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    Those are great opening lines! Intriguing.

    • rbclibrary August 13, 2018 at 12:17 pm #


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