First Line Friday | Jewel of the Nile

Welcome to First Line Friday!

Today I’m featuring

Jewel of the Nile by Tessa Afshar.

Whispered secrets about her parents’ past take on new urgency for Chariline as she pays one last visit to the land of her forefathers, the ancient kingdom of Cush.

Raised as an orphan by her aunt, Chariline has only been told a few pieces of her parents’ tragic love story. Her beautiful dark skin is proof that her father was Cushite, but she knows nothing else. While visiting her grandfather before his retirement as the Roman official in the queen’s court, Chariline overhears that her father is still alive, and discovering his identity becomes her obsession. Both her grandfather and the queen have reasons for keeping this secret, however, and forbid her quest. So when her only clues lead to Rome, Chariline sneaks on the ship of a merchant trusted by friends.

Theo is shocked to discover a stowaway on board his vessel and determines to be rid of her as soon as possible. But drawn in by Chariline’s story, he feels honor-bound to see her safely to shore, especially when it appears someone may be willing to kill for the truth she seeks.

In this transformative tale of historical fiction, bestselling author Tessa Afshar brings to life the kingdom of Cush and the Roman Empire, introducing readers to a fascinating world filled with gripping adventure, touching romance, and a host of lovable characters–including some they may recognize from the biblical book of Acts. 

From Goodreads

Now it’s your turn. Pull out the book beside you and tell us the first line.

8 Comments on “First Line Friday | Jewel of the Nile

  1. “He had ruined death for her, and the hope of it.” On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright. I highly recommend this dual timeline!

  2. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Crazy for You” by Susan May Warren and Michelle Sass Aleckson:

    “The plan was easy. Bring Oreos, kiss his mother, and skedaddle.”

  3. My first line is from Come Back To Me by Jody Hedlund:
    “Your father is in a coma.”
    Happy reading.

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