Sweet Saturday Sample–6/23/12 Time Enough To Love: Betrothal

Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Sample!  All excerpts here are rated PG-13 or milder. Here’s another post from my new WIP, my medieval trilogy Time Enough To Love.  Part 1 is called Betrothal.  The series is set in England and France in 1348.  Betrothal takes place at the court of King Edward III.  And just this week I finished the revision!

Lady Alyse de Courcy is a waiting gentlewoman to Princess Joanna, youngest daughter of King Edward.  As the book opens, Alyse is anxiously awaiting word of her betrothal.  She would prefer to marry Lord Brayton, a knight and courtier to the king, who has taken her fancy.  Alyse is watching Lord Brayton while a new courtier is presented to the court.  Now Alyse has been called before the king.  After receiving the new that the new courtier, Sir Geoffrey Longford, is her betrothed, a dazed Alyse manages to finally speak.   She acquits herself well, but just as she thinks her ordeal before the court is over, Geoffrey turns the tables and escorts her around the Great Hall.  (Disclaimer:  This work is not yet edited, so please forgive any flaws.)

 

At every stop she silently cursed him anew.  Could this great hulking oaf not see her discomfiture?  Did he not care about her feelings at all?  Or was he merely thick headed? And she must be married to this man?  Oh, Father, what have you done to me?

 

As they continued down the long side of the hall, Geoffrey leaned over to ask, “Why so quiet, my lady? Are you in awe of me or merely stunned by the good fortune of our betrothal?”

 

Outraged at the conceited fool, Alyse opened her mouth to explain just how much she was unimpressed with either him or her situation, only to meet eyes of darkest sapphire flickering with merriment at her indignation. 

 

“Nay, my lord, I do not think I would quite call it ‘awe’ that you inspire in me.”  Alyse was hard put to keep her countenance firm, so infectious was his grin.

 

“Then what would you call it, Lady Alyse?”

 

“Wariness, my lord.”

 

“You are wary of me, lady?  Do I inspire distrust in you?”

 

“Aye, my lord, that you do.” 

 

Geoffrey slowed his pace, frowning. “Why?  I am an honorable man, of good family.  I  served King Edward well in the recent wars.  So well that I was given lands and I am raised in station to serve in Princess Joanna’s household.  If the king himself trusts me, my lady, I think you must as well.” 

 

Alyse’s mouth twitched with suppressed amusement at Sir Geoffrey’s impatient tone. One did not bait an unchained bear, but perhaps the bear could be persuaded to listen to another side of the tale. “I am sure His Majesty trusts you completely, Sir Geoffrey, for he has known you for some time, I believe?” 

 

After his curt nod she continued.  “The question, perhaps, should be why should I trust you?  I  know you not, my lord, for I met you but moments ago.  And in the few minutes since I met you, you have managed to insult me, by making me think you would reject the marriage, then fixed me as the center of attention before the company by displaying me throughout the hall when we were but six steps from my seat!”  That point irked her most of all, but she swallowed her anger and continued with scathing civility.   “Considering all these things, my lord, I do not see how even you can trust you!” 


I hope you enjoyed this sample of  Time Enough to Love.  Stop by SSS tomorrow for six sentences from 7 Days of Seduction.  And today be sure to click here to visit more Sweet Samples.

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29 Responses to Sweet Saturday Sample–6/23/12 Time Enough To Love: Betrothal

  1. Carrie-Anne says:

    I love how feisty she is, in a way that’s believable for a woman of her era.

  2. I really like Alyse. I have a feeling she isn’t going to do anything she doesn’t want to. It will be interesting to see how she manages to get things to go her way.

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      She has a very determined way of looking at things that catches Geoffrey off guard sometimes. I’ll tell you, she keeps him on his toes. :) Thanks so much for coming by, Sandra. :)

  3. Um, he’s got his hands full with her. She made a valid point that the King’s had plenty of time to know and trust him while she has not. Perhaps he’ll grow on her? I’m sure he will. I hope she gives him the chance!

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      They’ve got a lot to hash out and neither one is going to get their way totally. But that’s what makes the world go around, right? LOL And it’s so much fun to watch them dance around the situation. :) Thanks for coming by, Mirriam!

  4. Lindsay says:

    I love her strength to stand up to this man

  5. Brenda says:

    Jenna, I love your stories and I can tell this one is going to be another fantastic one. This sample is so dang good!

  6. Friction burns come in several varieties. I think Geoffrey is feeling some now! I love how this is working out, Jenna. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thank you, Patricia. Yes, Geoffrey isn’t getting a completely pliable girl here. Alyse is no medieval welcome mat, though she is rather innocent. Glad you’re liking the story so far. :)

  7. Cera duBois says:

    Loved the sample, Jenna…. Oh, how is he going to react? LOL

  8. She’s brave, and I think he might not be too bad.

  9. What a wonderful excerpt! Lady Alyse is quite her own person, isn’t she? I think your last line in this is perfect ~ “I do not see how even you can trust you!” LOL.

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      She’s maybe a little forward for her time, but people at court had to be able to hold their own, so perhaps not. I wanted her to be her own person, but to grow into who she really is over the course of the trilogy. I hope I’ve succeeded. Thanks so much for coming by, Miss Pickles! (Love that name. :) )

  10. Sherry Gloag says:

    Guess these two are going to fire sparks off each other for some time to come. I’m looking forward to more.

  11. Well, shoot. I thought they BOTH made a convincing argument! LOL. I really, really can’t wait to read this. So glad to hear the revision is finished – congrats!

  12. I can’t wait to read this book! I’m sure it’s going to be awesome, Jenna.

  13. Sue says:

    Well! she’s told him! Wonder how he’ll react to her comments…

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Yes, Alyse runs hot and cold by turns–one moment shy, one moment bold. This was a bold moment. How he responds, well…That’s for next week. :) Thanks for coming by!

  14. Jenna, I love this. I like the time period and the witty dialogue between the characters. Love the photo from the Tudors, too.

    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      Thanks, Patricia! Since Betrothal is set in 1348, the pic is probably representative of about 250 years later, but it’s hard to find films about the middle ages/early Renaissance. At least this one’s pretty to look at. :) Thanks for coming by.

  15. Not a good start for poor Sir Geoffrey.

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