The Most Interesting Thing I've Learned
The most interesting thing I’ve learned…
Okay, that’s a question and a half. I am a historical nerd. I was that kid who loved high school history, I know, I felt the disgruntlement of my fellow class mates…lol. So, to be honest, I’m always looking for new little tidbits on history.
Between a Highlander and a Hard Place is my 19 book with Sourcebooks. A real milestone. One of the things I’ve tried to do is make each book unique. I love the time period and tend to use laws and issues of the era as the main conflicts in my story line. The split between Rome and England was a huge issue for the people who lived in this time. What church you married in really made a difference to them.
So the most interesting fact? Here’s a good one…The Best Man. The best man at a wedding was in fact, the best sword fighter the groom could afford to hire. His job was to make sure the wedding happened. During this time, the wedding was announced on three Sundays in a row before the vows were taken. Now there were a few reasons for this, one was to make sure there were any other contracts out there for either party but what it also did was make sure everyone knew where the bride would be. If she happened to have a really good dowry, someone might try to steal her. So, you hired the Best Man to ensure the wedding went off and you were able to retire with your bride and consummate the union. Without proof of consummation, normally a witness, a wedding could be dissolved.
Marriage was a business in these times. It might seem cold blooded to us and I know I love writing stories where the couple ends up in love in spite of all the reasons why they shouldn’t get to be together in the end. Still, I believe there was love too in between the confines of dowry and family loyalty. One of the reasons I love history is I’m looking for those facts which unlock the secrets of those people’s lives.
Cheers and Happy reading!
Between a Highlander and a Hard Place - Highland Weddings, #5
A fierce Englishwoman on the run
A Highland Laird who needs a proper wife
And a desire neither can resist
Athena Trappes thinks she's in love...until she discovers the scoundrel only wanted her as his bit on the side. Enraged, she does what any spirited Englishwoman would do: set fire to his belongings, incur his dangerous wrath, and flee—immediately. With nowhere else to turn, she seeks freedom in the wilds of Scotland.
Highland Laird Symon Grant lost his wife years ago, and it's his duty to find another. Athena is not exactly what the clan has in mind for him, but Symon's heart burns with unexpected passion for the woman who would risk everything to be free.
"Spellbinding...this is one book you have to pick up."—Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, 5 Stars for Highland Flame
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