Lady Be Good {A Spotlight}

Look at this cover. Is this not perfect for today’s theme?! You’ll have to come back on Tuesday when I have a review posted for this. This is a relatively short read, under 300 pages, but it’s jam-packed with one hell of a story.

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown
  • Publish Date: June 26, 2018

Set in the 1950s, Lady Be Good is Amber Brock’s mesmerizing return, sweeping readers into the world of the mischievous, status-obsessed daughter of a hotel magnate and the electric nightlife of three iconic cities: New York, Miami, and Havana. 

Kitty Tessler is the winsome and clever only child of self-made hotel and nightclub tycoon Nicolas Tessler. Kitty may not have the same pedigree as the tennis club set she admires, but she still sees herself as every inch the socialite–spending her days perfecting her “look” and her nights charming all the blue-blooded boys who frequent her father’s clubs. It seems like the fun will never end until Kitty’s father issues a terrible ultimatum: she may no longer date the idle rich. Instead, Kitty must marry Andre, her father’s second-in-command, and take her place as the First Lady of his hotel empire. Kitty is forced to come up with a wily and elaborate plan to protect her own lofty ideas for the future, as well as to save her best friend, Henrietta Bancroft, from a doomed engagement: Kitty will steal Henrietta’s fiance, a fabulously wealthy but terribly unkind man from a powerful family–thereby delivering the one-two punch of securing her now-fragile place on the social ladder and keeping her friend from a miserable marriage.

Then Kitty meets Max, a member of a band visiting New York from her father’s Miami club, and her plans take a turn. Smitten, but still eager to convince her father of her commitment to Andre, Kitty and Hen follow Max, Andre, and the rest of the band back down to Miami–and later to Cuba. As Kitty spends more time with Max, she begins waking up to the beauty–and the injustice–of the world beyond her small, privileged corner of Manhattan. And when her well-intended yet manipulative efforts backfire, Kitty is forced to reconsider her choices and her future before she loses everyone she loves.

“Kitty Tessler, a headstrong glamour girl determined to move up in the world, steals the spotlight in Amber Brock’s latest, a tour-de-force filled with intrigue and surprises.” — Fiona Davis, nationally bestselling author of The Address and The Dollhouse

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The High Season: A Spotlight.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publish Date: May 22, 2018

The Myth of Perpetual Summer [A Spotlight]

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publish Date: June 19, 2018

From the national bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes a moving coming-of-age tale set in the tumultuous sixties that harkens to both Ordinary Grace and The Secret Life of Bees.

Tallulah James’s parents’ volatile relationship, erratic behavior, and hands-off approach to child rearing set tongues to wagging in their staid Mississippi town, complicating her already uncertain life. She takes the responsibility of shielding her family’s reputation and raising her younger twin siblings onto her youthful shoulders.

If not for the emotional constants of her older brother, Griff, and her old guard Southern grandmother, she would be lost. When betrayal and death arrive hand in hand, she takes to the road, headed to what turns out to be the not-so-promised land of Southern California. The dysfunction of her childhood still echoes throughout her scattered family, sending her brother on a disastrous path and drawing her home again. There she uncovers the secrets and lies that set her family on the road to destruction.

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The Summer Sail. [A Review]

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publish Date: May 1, 2018

A trio of college friends who reunite aboard a cruise ship experience an unforgettable vacation in this compelling novel from the author of The Summer of Good Intentions, which was hailed as “everything a summer read should be” by Elin Hilderbrand.

Three college roommates are celebrating a twentieth wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to Bermuda. As the ship pulls away from the pier, everyone is looking forward to lounging by the pool, sipping sunset cocktails, and reminiscing. Abby, the mother hen of the group, will be celebrating her wedding anniversary in style, even as she and her husband keep a secret from the group. Ambitious career woman Caroline happily anticipates several stress-free days away from her magazine job with her boyfriend, Javier, who may or may not be finally inspired to propose. And single mom Lee (annoyingly gorgeous and irresistibly popular in college) hopes she’ll win back the affections of her formerly sweet daughter Lacey, who after her first year in college, has inexplicably become a little bit of a monster.

As the balmy pink shores of Bermuda come into view, tensions simmer, and old jealousies flare, sending the temperature from soothing to scorching in this engrossing tale of three best friends on a vacation they won’t soon forget—but not for the reasons they expect.

junonia-blue-shellsThis was a fun read as firstly, I’ve been on cruises so I can testify that they are amazingly fun and enjoyable. I’ve always thought a cruise ship would be a good place for a story to take place and here we were! Three friends, each there to celebrate a twentieth wedding anniversary and their friendship in general. But the catch is, each of them has their own issue and as expected, they’ll boil over.

Admittedly, I found the end wrapped things up a little too neatly for me, but I am not complaining otherwise because 3/4 of the book was really quite good. I loved reading about the issues each woman brought aboard but the resolution as I said was too neat. I suppose I like a bit more drama and realization before resolution. Each character is vivid and lively; coming alive, but I loved reading about the scenery and actions the best. I think we all have people like this in life, a mother/daughter who are strained, a couple with a facade up, someone with a commitmentphobic significant other.

This isn’t my favorite genre but I did enjoy stepping out of my usual genres to read this one.

It’s a perfect beachside or poolside read–or good for when you’re sitting in the air conditioning thinking of how lovely those locales are. Get yourself a drink and put on some tunes, kick back and relax. This is a vibrant, fun read.

  • I’d give it ★★★ stars.
  • I was provided a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 😀 (Thank ya’ll!)
  • would recommend this to a friend!

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The Summer Wives: A Spotlight.

A continuation of my welcoming of summer!

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: June 19, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—a spellbinding novel of romance, murder, class, power, and dark secrets set in the 1950s and ’60s among the rarified world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound . . .

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound as a naive eighteen year old, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. Although a graduate of the exclusive Foxcroft Academy in Virginia, Miranda has always lived on the margins of high society. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda is catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.

But beneath the Island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans–the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph helps his father in the lobster boat, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph has enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and has a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the Island for nearly two decades.

Now, in the summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same–determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naive teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice to the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island.

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There’s a promotion where you can pre-order a signed copy with a complimentary totebag, perfect for carrying your books to and from the beach!

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Happy First Day of Summer!

I live in Florida, I hate the heat. I really, really do. Summer has never been my favorite season, but again, being in Florida, I don’t get much of a change of season. I lived up in Pennsylvania and I am a chick who likes autumn. Of course, I can’t lie and say I don’t enjoy going to my local beach or our neighbor’s pool, which they so graciously let us use whilst they are up north. So whilst I melt (or freeze as I dwell where the air conditioning is, haha), I wish you guys a wonderful first day of summer, I wanted to share some summer reads–that’s right, a few books with summer or beach or anything summer-ish in the title!

So firstly, what’s more summery than the Boardwalk?
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 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date: June 19, 2018

What happened on that long-ago summer? In this riveting novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, an aspiring Hollywood actress makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, a young mother sets out to discover what happened …

Summer, 1940: When Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss Bathing Beauty in her hometown of Santa Cruz, she’s determined to see herself on the silver screen. But Violet’s pageant victory comes with a price—cracks appear in her seemingly perfect marriage…and she quickly discovers Hollywood is not the glittering escape she dreamed of. So she makes a shocking choice, leaving her name in headlines and creating a mystery surrounding her fate.

Summer, 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives in a charming seaside cottage that belonged to her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the local history of her town, Mari discovers her grandfather’s connection to a beauty queen who died too young. She embarks on a journey that uncovers his lifelong secret—Ricardo’s connection to Violet…a story of tragedy and courage that will forever transform her.’

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This was a wonderful read but I will give you warning that there is spousal abuse, as well as unequal and threatening treatment of all minorities.

There was a dual timeline, but both tie into one another. In the summer of 1940, two friends have signed up for a beauty competition. Violet Harcourt doesn’t expect to win, but surprise! She is crowned the winner with her friend the runner-up. The issue is that one needed to be a single woman in order to join. However, Violet is married to a man named Charles. Furious that she entered and then won, Violet is made to resign and returns the crown, which then goes to her friend. However, no one realizes how bad Violet’s marriage is. When she does get the opportunity to go out to California–Hollywood, of course!-she discovers it isn’t as it seems. The facade is just that–a facade. To add to this–Charles is once again furious and when he finds her, he takes Violet home forbidding her to see her friends from the Boardwalk. It’s a sad existence.

Fast forward to 2007, single mum Marisol Cruz lives in a seaside cottage with her daughter and parents. It was an inheritance from her grandfather, who entertained on the Boardwalk years ago. She finds the town fascinating and when she isn’t working at the diner, she researches and learns about it. She adores the gazebo there where she’s been told her grandparents used to dance. When there’s a celebration to celebrate and news gets out that the gazebo is going to be torn down, she sells raffle tickets to help save it–to save it from condos being built there. However, she finds a key and there’s a story about her grandfather and a woman named Violet Harcourt. What does she find out? Does she save the gazebo?

Suspense, intrigue, romance, tragedy…this was a truly beautiful book. I think you’d be missing out if you skipped this one!

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Meredith is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where she was raised by a Swiss father and an American mother. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her own engagement ring, which is an heirloom from 1903, inspired her to write her debut novel The Dressmaker’s Dowry. She wrote it on weekends while working for a San Francisco startup.

Meredith finds the immigrant experience a rich part of the fabric of American history. Her second novel, Boardwalk Summer, will be published in June 2018. Meredith lives outside San Francisco with her husband, their rambunctious toddler and spoiled English bulldog, where she now writes full time.

The Lost Letters of William Woolf: A Spotlight.

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  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2018

Lost letters have only one hope for survival…

The Dead Letters Depot

Inside the walls of a converted tea factory, letter detectives work to solve mysteries of fate: missing zip codes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names—these are the culprits behind missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers.

But when letter detective William Woolf discovers letters addressed simply to “My Great Love,” his work takes on new meaning. Written by a woman to the soul mate she hasn’t met yet, the missives capture William’s heart in ways he didn’t know possible, and he must embark on a journey to solve what may be the most important mystery to come his way.

Helen Cullen’s The Lost Letters of William Woolf is an enchanting novel about the resilience of the human heart and the complex ideas we hold about love—and a passionate ode to the art of letter writing.

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Helen Cullen is an Irish writer living in London.

She worked at RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) for seven years before moving to London in 2010. In the UK, Helen established a career as an events and engagement specialist before joining the Google UK marketing team in 2015.

Her debut novel, ‘The Lost Letters of William Woolf’ will be published in 2018.

The first draft of this novel was written while completing the Guardian/UEA novel writing programme under the mentorship of Michèle Roberts. Helen holds an M.A. Theatre Studies from UCD and is currently completing an M.A. English Literature at Brunel University.

Helen is now writing full-time and working on her second novel.

Help Is Out There.

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I hope you’re all doing well.

I wanted to take a moment to say, in light of the news about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, that if you guys have moments where life seems to be too much, please, please reach out for help. There is help out there. Here are some numbers if you need them. Or you can reach out to me and I will talk to you. I know I’ve said this before, but I am here for you guys.


It saddens me that so many people feel that they have no other choice. I am more than just a voice on a website; I’m a real person. I’m happy to talk to you guys. I struggle with mental illness myself. I’m in therapy; I see a psychiatrist. I understand. I do. So please, if you have thoughts like this…reach out.

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Mailbox, chattering and thoughts.

collage Mailbox and a catch up.

Hey, I did a thing, check me out. So as you can see, my Book of the Month order came in. I skipped May and went to June. My friend Cody told me that I had to read The Seven Husbands of  Evelyn Hugo.

“Hey, have you read ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo’? It’s AMAZING! Set in 50s/60s/70s Hollywood. I finished it hours ago, and my jaw is still on the floor. I can’t even describe what a literary marvel it is. It cracked my soul open. It challenged me as a reader, a thinker, a woman. I thought of you the whole time I was reading.”

When you get a PM like that, it gets you thinking, ‘maybe I need to check this out’.  I aim to do precisely that once I finish up C.W Gortner’s new triumph, ‘The Romanov Empress’. I can’t wait to write my review and to post my interview with him. Seriously, he is one of my favorite people. I have him as a friend on Facebook and I love how he speaks his mind, is quick with his wit and of course, his love of animals. His cats are precious. If ever he ever does a tour that brings him to Tampa, I will be there, lol. Anyway, here is the synopsis for Evelyn.

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Speaking of triumphs. Holy hell balls. Guys, I know I have been vocal about ‘Dracul’. But I read it and my soul was snatched. I did not see the story going the way it did. It is an unbelievable, tour de force. If you are looking for true (un-sparkly) vampires? You’ve got them. They are evil, with the exception of three, but I suggest. They have powers and weaknesses, they are cruel and savage. This is a gothic horror, thriller, and masterpiece. I plan to do a reread right around release day and/or around Halloween along with other tales of horror. Frankenstein, Dracula, Grimm’s fairy tales. Maybe even IT, by Stephen King. Recommendations are welcome!

My main choice for my June BotM was The Book of Essie, which is a debut. This is the synopsis.

Esther Ann Hicks—Essie—is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage—and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media—through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell—Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?

This isn’t usually my type of book but I felt very intrigued by this. So, here we are. I think it’s because I genuinely despise shows like this, The Duggars, for example. Like..they’re just creepy. The parents are bigoted tools. They protected their pedophile son but kind of left his sisters on their own. They also just seem annoyed by all their kids, who seems to be pawned off on their older siblings.

I don’t love Bringing Up Bates but they at least seem warm and affectionate towards one another. The kids help out but the parents are very hands on.

Anyway, my last pick was Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.

As to the other books pictured, I owe my thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks (Harper Collins) for Midnight Blue (unpictured), The Daisy Children and When the Men Were Gone. To Thomas Dunne Books (MacMillan) for The Lost for Words Bookshop, St. Martin’s Press for The Little Shop of Found Things and Graydon House (Harlequin) for The Lost Letters of William Wolfe. The reason there are no synopsis’ provided is because spotlights are to follow this post.
I hope you guys have been doing well, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting that much as of late. I haven’t felt my best (yay cramps and all that) and I’ve just been kind of quiet. I’ve been reflecting on things and also have been reading a lot; so I do have posts to share.

What are you guys reading? 😀 

Forsaking All Other: Review & Excerpt.

Forsaking All Other
by Catherine Meyrick

Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Courante Publishing
eBook & Print; 291 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Love is no game for women; the price is far too high.

England 1585.

Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year’s grace to find a husband more to her liking.

Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.

Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes. Until now.

With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them.

You can read the first chapter here.

The beautiful cover for the novel was designed by Jennifer Quinlan of Historical Fiction Book Covers.

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About the Author

Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways not unlike ourselves.

Although she grew up in regional Victoria, Australia, she has lived all her adult life in Melbourne. She has worked as a nurse, a tax assessor and finally a librarian. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also a family history obsessive.

For more information, please visit Catherine Meyrick’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Review!

This was a beautifully written book; one that takes place in one of my favorite times in history. Perhaps one has gathered that by how passionate I can be about the Elizabethan era. With a backdrop of  the Catholics versus Protestants and always the worry of ‘Papist Plots’ to overthrow Elizabeth, I was certainly intrigued. I was always rather awestruck by how many plots were hatched or at least, thought were hatched.

Our heroine, Bess Stoughton, has been given a year to find a husband of her own choosing, upon her father arranging a marriage to an elderly neighbor. Meanwhile, Edmund Wyard is a veteran from the Ireland campaign. Whilst he needs to marry, he has no inclination to. But when he and Bess meet, there’s a connection. They’re from two different backgrounds, however, and statuses. So it does beg the question of if they’ll be able to overcome that?

Both are excellent characters, equally able to draw you in. The story is crafted beautifully and keeps you guessing. You need to grab a copy for yourselves so you can read this; it’s a wonderful story.

  • I’d give it ★★★ stars.
  • I was provided a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. 😀 (Thank you!)
  • would recommend this to a friend!

Excerpt!

Wyard studied Lucy Torrington. Was this the manner of woman his mother thought would suit him best? She was well-dowered and, no doubt, malleable. But she was not to his taste, insipid was probably the best way to describe her. It had been a mistake to allow Eloise to talk him into coming here, he should have gone straight to Bucklings Hall.

He glanced at Bess Stoughton. Of all the women present she was the most appealing. Despite his initial misgivings, she seemed honest and sensible. She was not predatory or flirtatious, nothing like that bold piece who had tried to get him to dance last night. Perhaps Bess Stoughton’s relationship with that serving man was some sort of protection—life could be difficult for a widow. And she looked at him with neither pity nor revulsion.

‘You know Mistress Torrington well?’

‘As well as any. Lucy is a good and gentle girl who deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.’

‘Who does not?’

Her eyelashes fluttered as if surprised at his comment. ‘Lucy would bloom best married to someone who loved her.’

‘Few have that blessing. Kindness and respect are the best that most of us can hope for.’

She bit her lip, frowning. ‘Are you considering marrying Lucy?’

Wyard shrugged, ‘She is one of a number of young women my mother thinks would make a suitable bride.’ He gave a wry smile. ‘It may be more accurate to say would make a suitable good-daughter.’

‘Do you have a list of requirements—number of hands high, girth, teeth, temperament? A list such as you would take to a horse market.’

It sounded ridiculous the way she described it. He gave a sudden bark of laughter. ‘In truth, I have no list.’

‘Do you always do as your mother wishes?’

‘Rarely, but it is probably time I married and she fears that, left to my own devices, I will either never marry or choose someone highly unsuitable.’

‘Who would be unsuitable?’

‘From my mother’s position, someone without money or connections.’

‘And from your own?’

‘I have not thought so far.’ If you could not marry the best, the most loving woman you had ever met, it really did not matter.

‘Well you should. Can you imagine what it is like for a woman married to a man who is forcing himself to his duty, who does not like her company or her person, who married her simply because his mother or his father told him to?’

He had never thought of it from a woman’s point of view. ‘Was your own marriage like that?’

‘You lack courtesy, Master Wyard.’

‘But you sound as if you speak from experience.’

‘That is none of your business,’ she snapped, colour flooding her cheeks. ‘If I were a man, if I had your freedom, I would do exactly as I pleased. I would never accept a bride who had been bundled up for me by my mother.’ She glared at him, ‘Now, if you will excuse me.’ She swept away towards the group of singers, her back straight and her head held high.

Wyard wanted to stop her, to explain it was never so easy. He watched her go, wondering why he had never imagined he could truly do as he wished.

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