Friday, July 2, 2021

First Line Fridays: Halstead House by Aspen Hadley

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 line from Halstead House by Aspen Hadley.

"It was the candles that did it."

Although I have ALL of Aspen Hadley's books, her new release, Halstead House, will be the first one I've actually read by her.  I'm looking forward to it!

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

Happy reading!

About the Book:

Grace Natalie Burke was named after her mother's two favorite actresses, but the only thing they have in common is the ability to put on a good show. Growing up under an iron thumb, she's never gone off script, yet as she stares at the candles on her twenty-fifth birthday, she determines to reach for more.

Terrified but hopeful, Grace buys a one-way airline ticket to Lavender Island in order to visit Halstead House, the once upon a time home of the only person Grace had ever been safe with, her honorary grandmother Mary.

When Grace arrives on the island she's immediately caught up in the warmth-filled life she'd always imagined.

What she hadn't imagined, however, was John Lucas Halstead or the feelings he would stir in her – especially when he’ll do anything to keep her at arms length.

Just as Grace is finding her feet, her mother arrives on the island uninvited, forcing Grace to decide where she’ll stand once and for all. Is it finally time to rip up the script? Or will she accept her role and return?

Only Grace can decide.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books


  1. My first line for July 2 is from The Chase by Lisa Harris:
    Madison James burned through the final sixty seconds of her workout on the stationary bike, then released a slow breath.

  2. Sounds like an interesting book! My first line is “No sooner did the last notes of the closing hymn, “Precious Name,” fade after the Sunday service than Emma Draycott allowed Stephen to pull her behind the Methodist church building.” It’s from The Scarlet Pen by Jennifer Uhlarik.