First Line Friday — The Sound of Falling Leaves

23 Oct

Happy Friday! I am in North Georgia today chasing the colors of fall. For today’s first line, what better book to feature than The Sound of Falling Leaves by Lisa Carter. Carter’s latest romantic suspense has a decidedly fall vibe — the cover is gorgeous. And it is set in a small Appalachian community, so like where our cabin is located. Perfect for my fall reading!

Here’s the first line:

Zeke Sloane stood in the autumn-bronzed shade of the pecan trees that bookended the farmhouse, waiting.


After aspiring opera singer Tessa loses her voice in a fire, she needs both a place to heal and a way to keep music in her life. She retreats to her aunt’s apple orchard in rural North Carolina to collect folk ballads. But amid the autumn splendor of this isolated Appalachian community, she uncovers an unnerving connection between a murder case and a long-ago disappearance. Tessa gets a glimpse into an almost-forgotten world, encounters a corrupt, small-town political dynasty, and finds superstition and prejudice at every turn.

She’s also drawn to Zeke, the handsome but enigmatic orchard caretaker, who shows her that mountain justice is neither impartial nor just. But battling a conspiracy of silence, Tessa isn’t sure if she can trust him. Yet somewhere in the mists of the Blue Ridge Mountains, evil lurks, and a killer is determined to keep the past where it belongs — dead and buried.

Multi-published, Daphne and Carol-award winning author Lisa Carter likes to describe her romantic suspense novels as “Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder.” Her latest suspense novel is The Sound of Falling Leaves. In addition, she writes contemporary romance with Love Inspired, the popular Matchmaker series, set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Lisa enjoys traveling and researching her next fictional adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with family.

A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball. Follow Lisa on Amazon to receive notices about her new releases and join her newsletter mailing list for book happenings at


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5 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Sound of Falling Leaves”

  1. Jana T October 23, 2020 at 10:25 am #

    Such a perfect book choice for today! Love the cozy fall vibe, even from a suspenseful book.

  2. sassybookishmama October 23, 2020 at 6:29 pm #

    Happy Friday!!

    “I have a bad feeling about this, Father.” Meredoch felt a scowl contorting his face.
    My first line comes from the book Succession by Brett Armstrong.

    Have a lovely weekend!!

  3. Nicole Santana October 23, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing the first line from The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden over on my blog today. I’m enjoying it very much. Here’s a line from the chapter I’m currently on:
    “Elizabeth decided to forebear late-night visitors.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂❤📚

  4. Beauty In The Binding Blog (@BeautyInTheBind) October 23, 2020 at 7:41 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from Almost a Bride by Jody Hedlund. “Hello, beautiful. Will you marry me?”

  5. Paula Shreckhise October 24, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

    I’m sharing the first line of chapter 19 of The Love Note by Joanna Politano:
    If I should happen to fall in love, the outcome of such a plight depends, like any big fall, on who is there to catch me.

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