First Line Friday — The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare

20 Oct

Happy Friday! I had the best time at a book event sponsored by my local indie bookstore, Book Bound Bookstore, located in the beautiful North Georgia mountains. Four fabulous authors presented their books, and we were all mesmerized! One of those authors is participating in my town’s book festival in January 2024. I cannot wait! Kimberly Brock will be talking about her historical novel, The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare. It’s going to be great!

Here’s the first line of Kimberly’s novel:

The summer I turned thirteen, my mother took me into the forest to work a charm that was my right from birth.

The fate of the world is often driven by the curiosity of a girl.

What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke remains a mystery, but the women who descended from Eleanor Dare have long known that the truth lies in what she left behind: a message carved onto a large stone and the contents of her treasured commonplace book. Brought from England on Eleanor’s fateful voyage to the New World, her book was passed down through the fifteen generations of daughters who followed as they came of age. Thirteen-year-old Alice had been next in line to receive it, but her mother’s tragic death fractured the unbroken legacy and the Dare Stone and the shadowy history recorded in the book faded into memory. Or so Alice hoped.

In the waning days of World War II, Alice is a young widow and a mother herself when she is unexpectedly presented with her birthright: the deed to Evertell, her abandoned family home and the history she thought forgotten. Determined to sell the property and step into a future free of the past, Alice returns to Savannah with her own thirteen-year-old daughter, Penn, in tow. But when Penn’s curiosity over the lineage she never knew begins to unveil secrets from beneath every stone and bone and shell of the old house and Eleanor’s book is finally found, Alice is forced to reckon with the sacrifices made for love and the realities of their true inheritance as daughters of Eleanor Dare.

In this sweeping tale from award-winning author Kimberly Brock, the answers to a real-life mystery may be found in the pages of a story that was always waiting to be written.

Kimberly Brock is the award-winning author of The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare and The River Witch. She is the founder of Tinderbox Writers Workshop and has served as a guest lecturer for many regional and national writing workshops including at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and three children.

Visit her online at

3 Responses to “First Line Friday — The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare”

  1. Cindy Davis October 20, 2023 at 1:50 pm #

    I read this one quite a while back. I thought it had a slow start, but was okay. I hope you enjoy it. Have a good weekend!

  2. Cindy I October 21, 2023 at 4:39 pm #

    What a fascinating plot! This author is new to me but I’m definitely interested in her work.

  3. Terri Quick October 21, 2023 at 10:40 pm #

    Sounds good

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