First Line Friday — The Heart of A King

26 Apr

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am excited to share the first line of a highly anticipated novel, The Heart of A King. Jill Eileen Smiths newest Biblical fiction offering officially releases on April 30, 2019. I am really looking forward to diving into the story of Solomon and 4 women who loved him. Hopefully this first line will pique your interest — you can pre-order now!

Please leave a comment with the first sentence of the closest book to hand, then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines!


King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could — and did — have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives?

In this engrossing novel, you’ll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you’ll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and the eyes of these women, you’ll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon’s wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved . . . or did it betray them?

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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12 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Heart of A King”

  1. joyofreadingweb April 26, 2019 at 8:07 am #

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Amber Lynn Perry’s new book, Upon My Heart Forever. Here I’ll share with you the first line from Chapter 9 of the same book.

    “The edges of her carefully constructed barrier sloughed away, despite her misgivings.”

    • rbclibrary April 26, 2019 at 8:29 am #

      Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. hjsnyder28 April 26, 2019 at 11:05 am #

    Happy reading Beckie!

    • rbclibrary April 26, 2019 at 2:55 pm #


  3. bellesmoma16 April 26, 2019 at 11:18 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from Moments We Forget by Beth Vogt. You can check that out here: I’m currently on chapter 20, so I will share the first couple of lines from there.

    “I should do something more to make today feel festive — more Christmassy. But turning Spotify to holiday music would have to do.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 😊❤️📖

    • rbclibrary April 26, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

      I’ll be reading that one soon. Enjoy!

  4. Paula Shreckhise April 26, 2019 at 11:30 am #

    My first few lines are from The Noble Guardian by Michelle Griep. I just finished this fabulous book!
    Southampton, England 1815

    Was it wicked to say goodbye with a smile? Wrong to feel happy about leaving one’s family behind? Surely only a sinner’s heart would harbor such uncharitable emotions…wouldn’t it?

    • rbclibrary April 26, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

      I have heard wonderful things about this book. Thanks for sharing the first lines. Hope you have a great weekend.

  5. Yvette - Bookworlder April 26, 2019 at 10:20 pm #

    I’m sharing from Ladies of Intrigue, a collection of three novellas by Michelle Griep. Here’s the first line of the third novella, A House of Secrets:

    “He’s late. Are you worried?”

    Happy Friday and happy reading!

    • rbclibrary April 27, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

      I really need to get that book!

  6. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) April 27, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    I’ve heard so much about this book! Today I’m sharing the first line from Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard.

    “Nursing scrubs? Check. White snearkers? Check. Keycard? Check.”

    • rbclibrary April 27, 2019 at 7:37 pm #

      Great romantic suspense!

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