First Line Friday — The Bridge Between

26 Jul

Happy Friday! Today I am excited to share the first line of The Bridge Between by Lindsey Brackett. My book club read Lindsey’s debut novel, Still Waters, last year and loved it! The Bridge Between, which takes the reader back to Edisto Island, releases in just a few days, so here’s your chance to read the first line, and then pre-order!

To find out the books other bloggers are featuring this week, head over to Hoarding Books. But first, comment with your fabulous first line!


Louisa Coultrie Halloway has returned home as caretaker for the family home on Edisto Island, but years before she left this world behind. Now she flounders to find her place. When Liam Whiting, a local professor studying tidal creek preservation, invites Lou to join his research team, she welcomes the opportunity for purpose.

David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and their children to Edisto. As he finds his footing in this new life, their once strained relationship eases into a familiar rhythm — and he hopes for more.

But the past still has a hold on them all, especially in the presence of Grace Watson, whose son intends to marry Lou and David’s daughter. Somehow, Grace and Lou must let the past of a shared love settle between them.

In this idyllic setting, relationships deepen and shift. And once more, Lou finds herself caught between the life she’s chosen—and the love that might be meant to be.

Award-winning writer, Lindsey P. Brackett just writes life — blogs, columns, articles, and stories — in the midst of motherhood. A blogger since 2010, she has published articles and short stories in a variety of print and online publications. She writes a popular bimonthly column for several local newspapers in which she meditates on small town southern life.

Her love of family ties and southern places prompted her first novel, Still Waters, a Lowcountry story about the power of family and forgiveness. Thanks to her four kids, in her home you’ll find wet towels, lost library books, and strong coffee.

Connect with her at, where she just writes life, on Facebook as Lindsey P. Brackett, on Twitter @lindsbrac, or Instagram @lindseypbrackett.

22 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Bridge Between”

  1. joyofreadingweb July 26, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Here I’ll share the first line from chapter sixteen of the book I’m currently reading:

    “Footsteps signaled someone’s approach, and Grace paused her kneading in the pre-dawn morning, waiting for the customary greeting from one of the brothers.”
    Four Dreams of You by Sondra Kraak

    • rbclibrary July 26, 2019 at 9:51 am #

      Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. MrsDMVH July 26, 2019 at 9:54 am #

    Captivating first line! Happy Friday!

    • rbclibrary July 26, 2019 at 1:20 pm #


  3. lelandandbecky July 26, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    Happy Friday! I haven’t started this yet, but my first line (well – 2 lines) is from “Margin of Error” by Christy Barritt:

    “Hunger and anger battled inside him like two storm fronts colliding. A violent friction clashed in his very soul.”

    • rbclibrary July 26, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

      I just started the audiobook of Flood Waters by Barritt today. Happy reading!

  4. bellesmoma16 July 26, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher: I’m currently reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “Elsie closed her eyes for a moment and breathed in the steamy air, imagining she stood beside Grand Prismatic Spring instead of the massive laundry boiler in the back of the Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚

    • rbclibrary July 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

      Ever Faithful is my favorite from that series.

  5. Anneliese Dalaba July 26, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    Happy Friday! On my blog, I am sharing Mail Order Marvel by Kirsten Osbourne. Here, I will share the first line of the second chapter in my current read, Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid. “The rusty lock would not budge.” Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 26, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

      Thanks! You too

  6. thebeccafiles July 26, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

    Today on my blog I shared the first line from A Lady’s Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson but it’s also the book I’m about to dig into so no extra line yet. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2019 at 7:14 am #


  7. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) July 26, 2019 at 8:39 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing the first lines from No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky: “Katie McAlister’s heart pounded out a frantic beat as she gripped the rickety railing and rushed down the back stairs.”

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2019 at 7:14 am #

      In my TBR stack!

  8. Yvette - Bookworlder July 26, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The factory rose above with row upon row of sharp-edged bricks.”

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2019 at 7:13 am #

      I’ve heard that’s a really good book. Enjoy!

  9. Fiction Aficionado July 27, 2019 at 2:07 am #

    I’d like to read this one. If only my TBR weren’t already overflowing!

    Have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2019 at 7:10 am #

      Mine too!

  10. Paula Shreckhise July 27, 2019 at 5:35 pm #

    My first line is from Underestimating Miss Cecelia by Carolyn Miller:

    Aynsley Manor, Somerset. June 1918

    “It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.”
    Another wonderful Regency!

    Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary July 29, 2019 at 7:45 am #

      This book seems to be everywhere! I need to check it out.

  11. Narelle Atkins July 29, 2019 at 6:43 am #

    This book sounds interesting. I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller.

    It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.

    • rbclibrary July 29, 2019 at 6:48 am #

      I’ve seen this one a lot. Looks good!

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