In keeping with my Christmas in July theme (and the fact it’s a new release) I have switched this month to my new Christmas novella Married by Christmas.
A wager he should have refused…
After two miserable Seasons, Miss Marianne Covington is determined not to have a third and enlists the help of longtime friend William Stanley to assist her. Will wagers he can find her a husband before Christmas. But when none of the suitors suit, he is ready to do something drastic for the woman who’s become more than just a friend.
I’m starting with a scene a little into the story. Marianne has bemoaned the fact that there are no decent gentlemen to marry. Her friend Will has wagered he can find her a husband by Christmas.
In this week’s snippet Marianne and Will are at a winter costume ball. He’s dressed as Ullr, a Norse god, including a beard. He’s just suggested introducing her to another gentleman, but after a comment from Marianne that goes a bit too far, her mother insists she must apologize and dance with William as penance. After the dance, William does introduce Marianne to Lord Sherston.
In today’s snippet, William is lurking outside the supper room, watching the interplay between Marianne and her potential suitor.
We are in now in William’s POV.
The snippet has been slightly altered to accommodate the WWW format.
“No,” he whispered under his breath. How could the man ask a perfect stranger to marry him? A woman William had known all his life and would never think of marrying…or would he? He stood, confounded by the notion. His mother had put the kernel of an idea in his head days ago. Would he truly ask Marianne to marry him if given the opportunity?
He turned his attention back to Sherston, who was looking earnestly into her eyes. William held his breath–had he waited too late to consider Marianne?
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Christmas Books by Jenna Jaxon