First Line Friday #12

Welcome to First Line Friday! I hope you have a great weekend. I’m working on the final draft of my work-in-progress, spending time with my husband and children, and (hopefully) relaxing.

This week, I’m sharing the first line from one of my favorite historical fiction novels In His Eyes by Stephenia McGee. If you’d like to hear more, check out my review.

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About the Book:

Her heart sought shelter. Her soul found home.

Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer’s widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child.

Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.

First Lines:

“Ella Whitaker braced herself for another of the woman’s screams. Swallowing her fear lest it show in her eyes, she bathed Cynthia’s sweat soaked brow.”

Check out the first lines from some of my blogging friends.

Reading is My Superpower

Bookworm Mama

Singing Librarian Books

Faithfully Bookish

Radiant Light

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names are Taken

Robin’s Nest

Fiction Aficionado

Bibliophile Reviews

Kathleen Denly

Lauraine’s Notes

With A Joyful Noise

A Baker’s Perspective

Joy of Reading

C Jane Read 

Molly’s Cafinated Reads

Cross Romance

It’s Storytime With Van Daniker

Iola Goulton

Christian Fiction Girl

If you’d like to join in on the First Line Friday fun, contact Carrie at Reading is My Superpower.

Your Turn

In the comments below, share a line from the book nearest you. The first line might interest a fellow reader in the book which in turns helps spread the word about some of our favorite authors.

Have an amazing weekend!

CJ Myerly


  1. Katie Donovan

    This one’s on my TBR. I’m looking forward to reading it soon!

    I have the first line from Thomas Locke’s “Fault Lines” on my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from Candace Calvert’s “Disaster Status” from her Mercy Hospital Collection. The Kindle collection with all three books in the series is on sale this month for just $2.99, so I couldn’t resist!

    “Fire captain Scott McKenna bolted through the doors of Pacific Mercy ER, his boots thudding and heart pounding as the unconscious child began to stiffen and jerk in his arms.”

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Thanks for stopping by! What a great line!

  2. Stephenia H. McGee

    Thanks for choosing In His Eyes for today! I’m heading to CFRR so I’ll have to dig out the first lines later, but I brought The Bracelet by Dorothy Love to read on the plane.

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Have a great time at CFRR. So wish I could be there. 🙂

  3. Trisha Robertson

    Oh, I Loved this book from Stephenia! I’m looking forward to reading more of her wonderful stories!

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Me too. It was the 1st book I’d read by her, but definitely put her on my must-read author list.

  4. Caryl Kane

    Happy Friday!

    Here is my first line:


    In the fourth grade we made little rockets out of old film canisters, baking soda, and vinegar.
    The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Interesting! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  5. Rebecca Van Daniker

    This looks like a fantastic read! My TBR seems to have no end. Haha

    I’m sharing about Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren over on my blog today, but I’m currently reading the sequel, Four Winds, so I’ll share that here. 🙂

    “Javier laughed and shook his head as we reached the top of the sand dune, Centinela loping in a wide circle around us. “I do not know if I can court a girl from the future and have a pet wolf,” he said in Spanish. “That is a lot to ask of one man.”

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Haha. What a first line!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Becky Smith

    I have In His Eyes on my kindle, waiting for me to get to it.
    Happy Friday!
    My first line is from The Spinster & the Cowboy by Lena Nelson Dooley:
    “When the sharp rap on his closed office door roused him, Joshua Dillinger raised his gaze from the legal document he had been studying with intense concentration.”

    1. momentsdippedinink

      I’ve been meaning to read this! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Amanda Tero

    I’d love to meet this author someday. Apparently she lives about an hour from me. 🙂

    After reading about ten fiction books in the summer, I’m taking a fiction break and reading non-fiction. 🙂 I’m currently reading “Arms and Equipment in the Civil War,” which is a super fascinating read that goes in depth with all of the weapons used, tactics used, etc.

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Nice! Sometimes we need a change of pace. 🙂

    1. momentsdippedinink

      Thanks! I hope you have had a great weekend.

  8. Tima

    I HAVE to read this book. I love historical fiction. So excited to be joining First Line Friday.

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