Great First Lines: First Line of Caught by the Sheriff

Great First Line: Caught by the Sheriff

Today, we’re looking at the first line of Caught by the Sheriff by Rula Sinara. How does this first line draw the reader into the story?

Great First Lines: First Line of Caught by the Sheriff
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The First Line of Caught by the Sheriff

HAD FAYE DONOVAN known she’d be a child kidnapper and fugitive by afternoon, she would have skipped her second double shot of espresso that morning.

Okay, the first line of Caught by the Sheriff had me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to know more.

  • Who was Faye Donovan and why was she kidnapping a child?
  • Who had she kidnapped? Whose child was it?
  • Who was she running/hiding from?
  • Why was she hiding from that person?
  • Will she get away with kidnapping this child?
  • Where is the child’s mother and why isn’t she the one making off with her child? (This question becomes of even greater concern as the novel progresses and there’s no sign of her. Is the child’s mother also in danger? Is she dead?)

This first line of Caught by the Sheriff held a hint of humor and a glimpse into Faye’s personality. She is someone who thought she needed coffee to jumpstart her day and ended up having to do something that was not originally on her to-do list.

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The first line of Caught by the Sheriff gives the reader the impression that Faye is not someone who would kidnap a child or become a fugitive without a good reason and so we are curious to know the circumstances which led to her actions.

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How this played out in the book

There was always a sense that Faye was looking over her shoulder waiting for her temporary ideal to be shattered. Faye was always looking over her shoulders trying to see if she was being pursued. She was never truly able to relax because if she got too relaxed it could mean her freedom and possibly the life of her sister and niece.

Have you read Caught by the Sheriff? What were your first impressions of its first line?


About Caught by the Sheriff

Caught by the SheriffCaught by the Sheriff
(Turtleback Beach #2)
By Rula Sinara
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
March 1st, 2020 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If she follows her heart…

Will he follow the law?

Turtleback Beach, North Carolina, would be paradise—if Faye Donovan wasn’t on the run. With her sister’s life in danger and her small niece to protect, Faye tries to avoid handsome town sheriff Carlos Ryker. But Carlos offers her a refuge, and Faye feels she’s finally found a home. And yet he’s still the sheriff. Can she trust him with the truth…even if it means risking everything?

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About Rula Sinara

Rula SinaraAward-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Rula Sinara lives in rural Virginia with her family and crazy but endearing pets. She loves organic gardening, attracting wildlife to her yard, planting trees, raising backyard chickens, and drinking more coffee than she’ll ever admit to.

Rula’s writing has earned her a National Readers Choice Award and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, among other honors. Discover more at, where you can sign up for her newsletter.

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