First Line Friday — Isle of Shadows

10 Apr

Happy Friday! I searched my TBR shelves again for this week’s First Line. Today I am featuring Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley, an historical novel set in ancient Greece. The action begins a week before the great earthquake that hit Rhodes. Have you read this book? I’d love to know your thoughts.


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Enslaved in a World of Money and Power, Tessa Dares to be Free.

Raised as courtesan to wealthy and powerful men, Tessa of Delos serves at the whim of her current patron, the politician Glaucus. After ten years with him, Tessa has abandoned all desire for freedom or love, choosing instead to lock her heart away.
But when Glaucus meets a violent death in his own home, Tessa grasps at a fragile hope. Only she knows of his death. If she can keep it a secret long enough, she can escape.

Tessa throws herself on the mercy of the Greek god Helios, but finds instead unlikely allies in Nikos, a Greek slave, and Simeon, Glaucus’s Jewish head servant. As Simeon introduces her to a God unlike any she has ever known and Nikos begins to stir feelings she had thought long dead, Tessa fights to keep her heart protected.

As an assassination plot comes to light, Tessa must battle for her own freedom – and for those to whom she has begun to open her heartùas forces collide that shatter the island’s peace.


Tracy L. Higley in her own words —

I’ve been writing adventure stories since the time I first picked up a pencil. I still have my first “real” novel–the story I began at the age of eight during a family trip to New York City.

Through my childhood I wrote short stories, plays for my friends to perform (sometimes I had to bribe them), and even started a school newspaper (OK, I was the editor, journalist and photographer since no one took that bribe to join me). Then there were the “drama years” of junior high, when I filled a blank journal with romance and poetry. Sigh.

In my adult years I finally got serious about publishing suspense fiction, and have since authored twelve novels in twelve years.

When I’m not writing, life is full of other adventures–running a business, raising kids, and my favorite pastime: traveling the world.

I started traveling to research my novels and fell in love with experiencing other cultures. It’s my greatest hope that you’ll feel like you’ve gotten to travel to the settings of my books, through the sights, sounds, smells, colors, and textures I try to bring back from my travels and weave into my stories.

To experience my travel journals and see the romantic settings of my books, I hope you’ll visit my website at or meet up with me on Facebook at



14 Responses to “First Line Friday — Isle of Shadows”

  1. Kirby preppybookprincess April 10, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    Happy Good Friday!

    I haven’t personally read this one, but I love that it’s set in Greece.

    On my blog today I’m sharing the first line from Rachael Bloome’s The Truth in Tiramisu:

    “Every time Eliza Carter closed her eyes, she saw his face.”

    Hope you have a lovely Easter Weekend 🙂

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2020 at 6:10 am #

      Thanks! Happy Easter!

  2. Paula Shreckhise April 10, 2020 at 11:42 am #

    My book this week is THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE MOOR by Michelle Griep.
    March 1861 Dartmoor Prison, Devon, England

    Death prowled the cell block like a dark animal seeking prey— especially the weakest.

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2020 at 6:10 am #

      I have that on my TBR pile.

  3. MrsDMVH April 10, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

    This book sounds lovely, happy Friday!!

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2020 at 6:10 am #

      Happy Easter!

  4. Anneliese Dalaba April 10, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

    Happy Good Friday! On my blog, I’m featuring The Shotgun Proposal by Barbara Goss. Here, I will share the first line of my current read, The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan. Trying to beat the rain, Patience Cavanaugh hurried up the single main street of raw Nevada City. Wishing you a Happy Easter!

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2020 at 6:11 am #

      Thank you! Happy Easter!

  5. lelandandbecky April 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Color of Love” by Kimberly Rae Jordan:

    “Charles Beaumont Allerton Junior tugged at the hem of his button-up shirt, hoping to work out some of the wrinkles that his rapid – and poor – packing job had created.”

  6. bellesmoma16 April 10, 2020 at 5:57 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today I’m sharing from chapter 27 in The Happy Camper by Melody Carlson.
    “Still needing to get groceries for tonight’s dinner with Jordan, Dillon was tempted to skip the Silver Slipper altogether.”
    Hope you have a great Easter weekend. 🙂❤📖

  7. thebeccafiles April 10, 2020 at 7:02 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch but I’m currently reding The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner so I’ll share the first line from chapter 11 here: “Since our Sunday lunch had been so rudely interrupted by, you know…reality, Ben and I decided our first date called for a do-over.” Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary April 11, 2020 at 6:12 am #

      I hear that is a LOL read! Have a wonderful Easter!

  8. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) April 11, 2020 at 6:49 pm #

    Happy Saturday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese: “If Obsessive Email Checking Disorder were a disease, I was likely already in the final stages: trigger thumb, mindless refreshing, aimless scrolling, and of course, an inability to focus on anything else in the entire world.”

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