First Line Friday – 28 June 2018 – The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond


Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! I’m currently enjoying the delicious chills caused by Jaime Jo Wright’s upcoming release The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. It releases next Tuesday, 3 July 2018, and if you enjoy your suspense with a touch of the gothic, you won’t want to miss it!

~ About the Book ~

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant façade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

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~ First Line ~

Libby Sheffield had never stopped to wonder what she would take specific note of if she ever stumbled upon a dead body.

I’m pretty sure I’d be taking specific note of the fact that THERE’S A DEAD BODY!

I’d love it if you’d share the first line of whatever you’re currently reading in the comments. And don’t forget, you can find out what other bloggers are sharing for First Line Friday by going over to Hoarding Books blog and finding all the links. If you’ve got your own blog, why not join in and add your link over there. 🙂

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18 Responses to First Line Friday – 28 June 2018 – The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

  1. Rachel says:

    Sounds really interesting! I think I need to check this out. 😀

    I featured the first line of Suzanne Rindell’s new book, Eagle and Crane on my blog but let me share the first line of the book I’m currently reading, Ghosted by Rosie Walsh.

    “Dear You,
    It’s exactly nineteen years since that luminous morning when we smiled and said good-bye. That we would see each other again was never in doubt, was it? It was a question of when, not if. In fact, it wasn’t even a question. The future might have seemed as insubstantial as the curled edge of a dream, but it unequivocally contained us both. Together.”

    Hope you liked it. Enjoy the weekend! 😀


  2. carylkane says:

    I’m anxiously awaiting my copy!

    The email from Jay’s wife clearly demonstrated that miracle happens. – Truth Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock


  3. I love the cover for this one – and the idea behind the story, too. Looking forward to reading it! 🙂

    On my blog, I’m featuring Only the River Runs Free, but I’ll share the first line of another book on my TBR list here, Elizabeth Musser’s Searching for Eternity: “I am watching the evening news, alone in my house, hungry and tired from the day’s work, eating a piece of leftover pizza and wishing it were blanquette de veau. The story comes near the end of the NBC program.”

    Have a great weekend! 🙂


  4. joyofreadingweb says:

    Soon, I will be reading this book!! 🙂

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Rachel Fordham’s debut book “The Hope of Azure Springs.” I hope you get the chance to check it out! Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter Five.
    “Em stood on the front porch, quietly looking heavenward. The sun had yet to rise.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  5. Becky says:

    I agree! I would be taking note that there’s a dead body! That first line is intriguing and I’m adding that to my TBR.

    I’m sharing about “The Hawaiian Discovery” by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter over on my blog today. Since I’m currently reading a YA Christian fantasy novel called “Choice of the Mighty” by Kenyon T. Henry, I’ll share my first line from there.

    “He walked alone down the sidewalk.”

    Happy reading and have a wonderful weekend!


  6. Colletta says:

    Oh my! I don’t think I have ever thought about it either!



  7. “For long minutes, there was considerable doubt as to whether the child would survive to bear a name at all.” — Olivia Twist, by Lorie Langdon. 🙂 Super fun read if you want a “twist” on Oliver Twist.


  8. lelandandbecky says:

    Looking forward to reading The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond!

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt:

    “At the sound of a footfall behind her, Cady Matthews’s back muscles tightened faster than a mousetrap snapping its prey.”


  9. Beth Erin says:

    Despite the eerie cover, I am looking forward to reading this book!

    I just finished reading Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan…
    Guilty. That’s the only possible verdict.


  10. MrsTina Rice says:

    Happy Friday!

    My first line is from No Regrets #1 Angel of Hope by Vickie Fisher.

    Nicholas McFadden scaled the six-foot privacy fence with ease.

    Blessings, Tina


  11. Ellie says:

    I’m sharing the first line from Falling for the Cowgirl on my blog today, but I’m currently reading The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano. The first line is “Three hours into Saturday night dinner service and she was already running on fumes.”

    I hope you have a good weekend!


  12. Iola says:

    Personally, I’m perfectly happy to live a boring life that doesn’t include finding dead bodies.

    I’m sharing from Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano on my blog today. But I’m reading Bookishly Ever After by Sarah Monzon, the final novella in the Timeless Love collection I featured a couple of weeks ago. It’s ticking all the boxes for me—contemporary romance, first person point of view, a bookish heroine, and a good friend who might become more … Anyway, here’s the first line:

    The hunter had become the hunted. Poetic? Not really.


  13. I love the cover art but I think this one looks a little scary for me!
    The book I’m sharing on my blog is Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey but here I’ll share the book I’m currently reading The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham: “‘She dead?’ Em heard a man’s voice from somewhere above her.” Hope you have a great weekend!


  14. Kelly says:

    Oh this book looks amazing! Cannot wait to read it!
    “Abominable!” ~ For Love of Liberty, Julie Lessman


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  16. hjsnyder28 says:

    This sounds so interesting! I read another book where the two main characters were separated by decades…intrigue! Happy reading!


  17. gpavants says:

    “We dropped the bar and landed in a canyon of water.”
    This is during the fishing excursion in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
    Thisxwas McMurphy’s push to get his fellow inmates to laugh, have fun, and begin to get ready to go back into society. Great issues with not letting the “combine” the great machinery of the world, to not steal away your humanity.


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