Friday, March 5, 2021

First Line Fridays: Beauty Among Ruins by J'nell Ciesielski

Happy Friday!

First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books and participants share the first line from a nearby book.

Today, I'm sharing the first lines from Beauty Among Ruins by J'nell Ciesielski.

"Creeping through the back door, Lily Durham slipped across the black-and-white tiled kitchen and checked the hallway before scurrying up the stairs to the main floor."

Have you read Beauty Among Ruins? I loved J'nell's prior novel, The Socialite, and I'm looking forward to reading this one!

What are you reading this weekend? I'd love for you to share your book's first line!

Happy reading!

About the Book:

In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected.

American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming.

Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light.

Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


  1. I would love to read Ruins!

    My first line us from Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden:
    January 1902
    Marianne ventured farther onto the frozen river despite the people warning her against it.


  2. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Storing Up Trouble" by Jen Turano:

    "The truth of the matter was this - she, Miss Beatrix Waterbury, had been banished from New York, and all because she'd had the great misfortune of landing herself in jail... twice."

    1. That was such a fun read! I remember laughing a lot!

  3. Happy Friday!!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot
    " You're the luckiest person I know"

    Have a lovely weekend! 📚♥

    1. Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely rest of the weekend!

  4. I loved this book!!!

    Happy Friday!
    On my blog, I'm sharing the first line from Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti: It's an AMAZING story. Highly recommend it. Currently I'm reading A Captain for Caroline Grey by Julie Wright so I'll share from there.
    "Caroline's embarrassment turned to anger that brewed and simmered until she felt as though she quite loathed the captain."
    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

  5. Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely weekend!