First Line Friday — Illusion

8 Jan

I absolutely loved Invisible by Ginny Yttrup! Now there’s a book that returns the reader to Mendocino Village and all the wonderful characters that live there. Illusion is available now, and I cannot wait to dig in! See all the details below.


But first, here’s the first line:

I lean against the side wall of Ellyn’s Cafe, alone. 



Four women in love. Four fractured romances. Through their friendships with one another will they uncover the illusion that’s keeping them from their hearts’ desires?

Ellyn — chef, café owner, and newlywed — loves her life as Mrs. Miles Becker, but does her husband love their life together? Ellyn isn’t sure. Doesn’t it make sense that he may still have feelings for his first wife, the woman he lost to cancer after nearly thirty years of marriage? And what about Nerissa, Miles’s closest friend? Why didn’t he marry her?

After her divorce, Nerissa committed to live as the bride of Christ. But her commitment is challenged when her financial security is threatened. Sensing trouble, her daughter, Twila, returns home to stand by her mom, leaving her fiancé behind. Yet Nerissa’s sense of aloneness persists, leading her into dangerous waters.

Pia, at nineteen, in the throes of love and passion, has her dreams shattered when her boyfriend reveals a truth he’s withheld. And when her mother, Rosa, learns that truth? She’ll do everything in her power to keep Pia and Manuel apart. Only Pia’s Auntie Ellyn understands the level of her mother’s control.

As Ellyn, Nerissa, Twila, Pia, and Rosa struggle together, will they, through the friendships they share with one another, uncover the illusion that’s keeping each of them bound?

Ginny L. Yttrup is the award-winning author of five novels including Home, which released April 2017. She writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry. She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult children, gardening, or spending a day reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit


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5 Responses to “First Line Friday — Illusion”

  1. Colletta January 8, 2021 at 10:22 am #

    That line leaves me wanting more! I hope you can stop by:


  2. Nicole Santana January 8, 2021 at 6:20 pm #

    Happy Friday! 😀
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Best-Laid Plans by Sarah M. Eden: Currently I’m reading Acceptable Risk by Lynette Eason so I’ll share from there:
    “Sarah stood outside Dustin’s duplex door and drew in a steadying breath.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

  3. Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first line from The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson. “Emma Daley had always loved Christmas as a child, but . . . not so much as an adult.”

  4. sassybookishmama January 8, 2021 at 7:04 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Over on my blog my first line comes from The Piano Teacher by Kristie Self
    “The darkness lay heavy that night, unbroken by any slivers of moonlight.”

    Have a lovely weekend!

  5. Paula Shreckhise January 9, 2021 at 3:24 pm #

    My first line us from Endless Mercy by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. The second book in the series Treasures of Nome.
    Nome, Alaska. September 1904
    The lively tune on the piano couldn’t keep up with the smile in Madysen’s heart.

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