First Line Friday — When Twilight Breaks

19 Feb

Happy Friday! I am reading When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin and loving it! I can always depend on Sundin to provide a well-researched historical novel with just the right balance of suspense, drama, and romance. My book club is reading this novel later this year — can’t wait to talk about it with them!

Here’s the first line:

Evelyn Brand had done a crack bit of journalism, and she hadn’t even had to dress like a man to do so.


Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country — or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she’ll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed–and wake up the folks back home.

In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party–to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can’t get off his mind.

This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of When Twilight Breaks (February 2, 2021), The Land Beneath Us (2020), The Sky Above Us (2019) and The Sea Before Us (2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale, and Wings of Glory series.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups. Her novel The Land Beneath Us was a finalist for the 2020 Christy Award, The Sky Above Us won the 2020 Carol Award, The Sea Before Us won the 2019 Reader’s Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love, and When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist’s 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years. Sarah serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference. Please visit Sarah at, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, on Twitter at @sarahsundin, and on Instagram at @sarahsundinauthor.


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12 Responses to “First Line Friday — When Twilight Breaks”

  1. Paula Shreckhise February 19, 2021 at 11:08 am #

    I love Sarah’s writing! This one was so good!

    My first line is from A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel.
    Boston. October 1920
    The grandfather clock downstairs chimed the hour, its clangs all too reminiscent of the funeral bells presiding over Mother’s funeral just yesterday morning.

    • rbclibrary February 20, 2021 at 6:48 am #

      I’ve heard wonderful things about that book.

  2. WordsAndPeace February 19, 2021 at 3:29 pm #

    Nice historical detail! Here is my post:

    • rbclibrary February 20, 2021 at 6:48 am #

      Thanks for sharing!

  3. Becky February 19, 2021 at 4:50 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Lacewood” by Jessica James:

    ” “Recalculating.” Katie McCain smacked the steering wheel with both hands and then glared at the navigation screen.”

    • rbclibrary February 20, 2021 at 6:47 am #


  4. Beauty In The Binding Blog (@BeautyInTheBind) February 19, 2021 at 7:09 pm #

    Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing the first lines from Of Sword and Shadow by A. L. Sowards. “I don’t remember the name my mother gave me. Nor can I recall each of the hundreds of names I’ve used since.”

    • rbclibrary February 20, 2021 at 6:47 am #

      Great beginning!

  5. Jen@GracetoGrow February 20, 2021 at 9:16 am #

    This book is amazing! And I love that first line 😍 This week on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill: “How long could a human being scream?”

    • rbclibrary February 20, 2021 at 11:39 am #

      Loved that book. I finished the audio version of Threadgill’s earlier book, Coming of Winter, a few days ago and am now listening to book 2 in that series, Dead of Winter. They are darker than his Amara Alvarez series. More like Steven James since they feature serial killers.

      • Jen@GracetoGrow February 21, 2021 at 6:28 am #

        I hadn’t heard of that series, I’ll have to check it out!

      • rbclibrary February 22, 2021 at 7:36 am #

        This book is actually a standalone novel. I hope you get a chance to read it.

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