First Line Friday — The Cedar Key

12 Feb

Happy Friday! 2021 is a year for fresh starts and new adventures. My book club is reading a new-to-us author this month. We traditionally read a romance in February, so we chose The Cedar Key by Stephenia McGee. Set in a present-day, small southern town, I anticipate this one will be a winner with my group.

Here’s the first line:

All the stories were gone.


Could the key to Casey’s future be hidden in someone else’s past?

Casey Adams unexpectedly inherits an old Victorian house full of other people’s memories. Stuck in a quirky little Mississippi town, Casey’s hope for a fresh start died as soon she had to lay the grandmother she’d just met to rest

But Grandma Ida carried secrets beyond the grave.

Before her death Ida carefully planned a trail of clues to help Casey unlock the Macintyre family secrets and finally explain why they abandoned her. But each of Ida’s letters will only come from Casey’s handsome — and often frustrating — new neighbor. As Casey pieces together the stories behind the objects filling her grandmother’s house, she embarks on a heart-stirring journey that rattles her foundations, ignites her faith, and leads her to a startling discovery that will reshape her future. But only if she can face the lies that have been slowly tearing her apart.



Best-selling author of Christian novels, Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. When she’s not twirling around in hoop skirts, reading, or sipping sweet tea on the front porch, she’s a homeschool mom of two boys, writer, dreamer, and husband spoiler. Visit her at http://www.StepheniaMcGee.comfor books and updates.


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5 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Cedar Key”

  1. Danielle Grandinetti February 12, 2021 at 10:05 am #

    I love that first line! Mine comes from Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green.

  2. Jen@GracetoGrow February 12, 2021 at 10:38 am #

    That first line definitely grabs my attention! I’m sharing the first line of When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin on my blog today 😊 Have a great weekend!

  3. Paula Shreckhise February 12, 2021 at 11:26 am #

    Just got this ebook. Can’t wait to read Cedar Key!
    My first line is from Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green:
    Chapter One. Chicago. Friday, August 4, 1893
    Sylvie hadn’t always leapt to the worst possible conclusion.

  4. Becky February 12, 2021 at 9:51 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Cast the First Stone” by David James Warren:

    “It’s the regrets that keep me awake.”

  5. sassybookishmama February 13, 2021 at 4:07 pm #

    On my blog I shared the first line from Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh.
    “Just Breathe.”
    Happy Valentines and Happy Reading ❤

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