First Line Friday — The Secrets of Emberwild

15 Sep

This past Labor Day Weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending the Novel-Tea hosted by Jocelyn Green. Oh the fangirlling that went on there! Great one-on-ones with the authors, as well as a fantastic panel discussion, were highlights of the evening. But I can’t leave out the goodie bags that awaited attendees. Not 1, not 2, but 3 fabulous books were included! I am thrilled that I received a copy of The Secrets of Emberwild by Stephenia H. McGee. It’s been on my book-radar since it released last year. I can’t wait to read it!

Here’s the first line:

Freedom rushed through Nora Fenton’s veins, erupting with each breath.

A gifted trainer in a time women are not allowed to race, Nora Fenton prefers horses to men. They’re easier to handle, they’re more reliable, and they never tell her what to do. After her father’s passing, Nora is determined to save her struggling horse farm, starting with entering her prize colt into the harness races at the 1905 Mississippi Fair. If she wins, she may have a chance at independence. But when a stranger arrives and starts asking disconcerting questions, she suspects he may have other motives than unseating her in the training job that is rightfully hers.

Silas Cavallero will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of his father’s death–even if it means training an unwieldy colt for Nora, who wants nothing more than to see him gone. But when mysterious accidents threaten their safety and circumstances shrouded in secrets begin unlocking clues to his past, Silas will have to decide if the truth is worth risking ruining everything for the feisty woman he’s come to admire.

6 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Secrets of Emberwild”

  1. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian September 15, 2023 at 9:22 am #

    Thanks for sharing your experience at Novel-Tea. It sounds like a lovely event. It put me in mind of the weekend event I often attend in the spring–Malice Domestic in Bethesda, Maryland.

    • rbclibrary September 15, 2023 at 9:30 am #

      Ooh! That sounds intriguing!

  2. deanne01 September 15, 2023 at 2:11 pm #

    This was a wonderful book. I really enjoyed it. Nice pick this week.

  3. Cindy Davis September 15, 2023 at 3:07 pm #

    Happy Friday! i hope you enjoy it!

  4. Nicole Santana September 15, 2023 at 9:36 pm #

    I’m currently reading The Love Script by Toni Shiloh. It’s really cute!
    “The wind whipped through the car’s sunroof, the sound competing with a serenade by H.E.R. on the R&B station as I drove down Coldwater Canyon.”
    I hope you have a great weekend! 😀❤️📚

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