First-Line Fridays- Atoning for Ashes

Atoning for Ashes

By Kaitlin Covel

Josie had always detested black. As she watched the carriage struggle up the winding drive, the familiar sense of dread seeped into her bones in a damp echo of the rain against the window pane.

Who’s in the carriage? Why does it bring such a terrible sense of dread? Watch for my full review on Monday.

I had to give you a little more than just the first sentence. As a bonus, the second sentence gives you a wonderful sense of the pictorial language of Ms. Covel’s writing style.

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About the Book:

Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwall, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.

Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love―let alone the love of her God.

As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. Will they learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late?

About the Author:

Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories and resides in her beloved state of Maine. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Kaitlin is a certified Nutritional Therapist Technician, but writing is her passion. Her debut novel, Atoning for Ashes, releases on February 14th, 2019 from Deep River Books.

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6 thoughts on “First-Line Fridays- Atoning for Ashes

  1. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first few lines of Who I Am with You by Robin Lee Hatcher. It’s such a good book. I’m just beginning chapter 25, so I will share the first line from there.

    “Feeling elated by his day down in the valley, meeting with a financial advisor and a Realtor, Ridley rapped on Jessica’s back door.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 😀❤📚


  2. Kay Garrett says:

    Kiss Viktor for me.
    Ester Beachy frowned at the bedroom she’d just finished cleaning – his bedroom.
    THE SNOW GLOBE by Laura V. Hilton
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  3. susandyer1962 says:

    Happy Friday!😉

    My first lines come from Restaurant Weeks are Murder by Libby Klein…….

    “I don’t care how good Dr. Oz says it is, I’m not eating vegan cheese.” Aunt Ginny took the last stuffed pheasant off the Fraser fir, wrapped it in tissue paper, and placed it in an old Woolworth’s hat box to store until next Christmas.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!💕


  4. thebeccafiles says:

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I’m featuring Romancing the Bride by Melissa Jagears but I’m currently reading The Watch on the Fencepost by Kay DiBianca so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (38) here: “Kate parked her car in the corner lot and strolled down the sidewalk toward Café Rouge.” Hope you have a nice relaxing weekend with plenty of reading time!


  5. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line is from Dead Drift by Dani Pettery:

    Luke extricated himself from the vehicle to find shattered convoy debris littering the ground.


  6. Yvette - Bookworlder says:

    I’m sharing the first paragraph from a non-fiction book today, Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis. Here is the line that follows:

    “If his instincts were right, this was a girl who would throw herself headlong into danger.”

    Happy Friday!


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