First Line Friday — The Curse of Misty Wayfair

25 Jan

Are you a fan of spooky, atmospheric novels? Me too! I am eager to dig into The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright. Her first two books were sooo good, and the early reviews point to another winner with this one. This dual timeline checks a lot of boxes — mystery ,suspense, history — something for everyone!

What’s your first line today? Leave a comment and then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines!



Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother — who is battling dementia — compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns—and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

Professional coffee drinker & Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. 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

22 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Curse of Misty Wayfair”

  1. Winterville First Baptist Church Media Center January 25, 2019 at 9:09 am #

    The first line I remember is from a book I read many years ago. Fireflies in December (The Calloway Series #1) by Jennifer Erin Valent.

    “The summer I turned thirteen, I thought I’d killed a man.”

    That line grabbed me and I couldn’t put the book down. I read all three in the series and they were so wonderful. I highly recommend this series.

    Debbie Lester

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:10 am #

      Wow! It certainly is a memorable line. Have a great weekend!

  2. joyofreadingweb January 25, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    I just started reading this one! I think I’m going to have to sleep with the lights on this weekend 🙂

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:09 am #

      Hahah! That’s what I’ve been hearing. Can’t wait for the shivery goodness!

  3. lelandandbecky January 25, 2019 at 10:24 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Yesterday’s Promises” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Danica Callaghan sank down on the lowest of the wide, built-in, carpeted risers and surveyed her handiwork.”

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:09 am #

      Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Beth Erin January 25, 2019 at 10:42 am #

    Yay for Misty Wayfair! This is a popular pick for the week!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:08 am #

      So glad!

  5. Anneliese Dalaba January 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

    Happy Friday! On my blog, I am featuring a book by J. Stephen Lang, The Christian History Devotional. Here, will share a couple lines from the chapter I’m currently on. “1731: One of the world’s most famous books happens to be a Christian book, though most people think of it as an adventure story. It is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, published in 1719.” I wish you a wonderful weekend.

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:08 am #

      I have that book too. I think it’s fascinating. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  6. Jolene January 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first lines come from The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson:

    “Galloping her horse past the big oak tree, Mulan pulled the bowstring taut. She aimed at the knothole with one eye closed and sent the arrow flying toward the target.”

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:12 am #

      This book looks so great. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) January 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

    This one again! I love it’s cover. I’m definitely gonna have to read it. I’m featuring Emma Rous’ The Au Pair if you’d like to stop by! I’m also a blog follower/subscriber.

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:07 am #

      Yes you do!

  8. Rachel January 25, 2019 at 9:04 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    I shared the first couple of lines from Melanie Dickerson’s 9th book for her Hagenheim series “The Warrior Maiden” on my blog. I enjoyed reading that book and will be reviewing it soon.

    Here, though, I will be sharing the first few lines from my current read “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth.

    “Hushflowers always bloomed when the night was longest. The whole city celebrated the day the bundle of petals peeled apart into rich red – partly because hushflowers were their nation’s lifeblood, and partly, Akos thought, to keep them all from going crazy in the cold.”

    Carve the Mark has long been on my TBR and I’m happy that I finally get to read it. I’m enjoying it so far, and I hope you enjoyed those lines as well.

    May your weekend be filled with great books! 😀

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:07 am #

      Enjoy your book and your weekend!

  9. Yvette - Bookworlder January 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first lines from One Mind’s Eye by Kathy Tyers today, here are the lines that follow:

    “Llyn Torfinn stood at an i-net station, listening nervously, clasping her thin left arm with her right hand. Not much muscle padded the bones.”

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:06 am #

      Sounds good!

  10. thebeccafiles January 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

    LOVED Misty Wayfair! Jaime Jo is quickly becoming one of my all-time faves!

    On my blog today I shared the first line from The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E Brunstetter but I’m currently about to start Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan so I’ll share the first line from that book here: “Mia Shaw gripped a bundle of brightly colored helium balloons with the word congratulations splashed all over them.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time!

    • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:05 am #

      Misty and Breach of Trust are two I need to read ASAP! I know I will love both.

      • thebeccafiles January 26, 2019 at 8:08 am #

        Hope you get the chance to soon! 🙂

      • rbclibrary January 26, 2019 at 8:12 am #


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