First Line Friday — As Dawn Breaks

28 Jan

February is almost upon us! Can you believe it? I am already reading upcoming book club selections. By The Book will discuss As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin. Have you read this book yet? I’d love to pass on your thoughts. By the way, I love this cover!

Now for the first line:

Only by searching the bowels of hell would he find the devil.

Her daring bid for freedom could be her greatest undoing.

Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart.

RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna’s factory is likely next. Fearing for his family’s safety, he’s also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family–until Alex receives orders to surveil her.

Rose squirms beneath Alex’s scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers’ respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.

4 Responses to “First Line Friday — As Dawn Breaks”

  1. Paula Shreckhise January 28, 2022 at 11:51 am #

    That was a great book!

    My first line is from A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz
    Chapter One. York, Virginia. September 1755
    Chocolate had been Captain Henri Lennox’s one weakness. Was it still?

  2. Cindy Davis January 28, 2022 at 1:30 pm #

    That’s a great first line! I have not read this one, but love the cover! I hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend!

  3. Danielle Grandinetti January 29, 2022 at 12:53 pm #

    I loved this story! My first line is from Her Darling Mr. Day by Grace Hitchcock:

  4. Jen@GracetoGrow January 29, 2022 at 2:43 pm #

    I really enjoyed this one, and that’s a great first line! This week on my blog I featured Life Flight by Lynette Eason: Happy reading! 😊

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