Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!
To begin May off fresh, I shifted to the first of my Widows’ Club books, To Woo A Wicked Widow, because all the e-books of the Widows’ Club series are on sale this month!
Lady Charlotte Cavendish is still the spirited girl who tried to elope in the name of love. That dream was thwarted by her father who trapped her into a loveless, passionless marriage. But now widowed, Charlotte is free to reenter the giddy world of the ton—and pursue her desires. For hardly your typical widow, she remains innocent to the pleasures of the flesh. Yet her life is finally her own, and she intends to keep it that way . . .
Nash, the twelfth Earl of Wrotham, is beguiled by Charlotte at first sight—and the feeling is mutual. When he receives her intriguing invitation to a house party, the marriage-minded lord plans to further their acquaintance. But even he cannot sway her aversion to matrimony, and only with great restraint does he resist her most tempting offer. For unbeknownst to Charlotte, the misadventures of the past are revisiting them both, and bedding her could cost him everything—or give him everything he ever wanted . . .
I began my snippets last week well into the book. Nash, the Earl of Wrotham, is in the midst of trying to stop a gang of robbers who are terrorizing the countryside. Lady Charlotte, with whom he is falling in love, has suddenly come to visit him at his house–a scandalous thing for a lady–even a widow–to do. Charlotte has also asked Nash to call her by her first name, which is another somewhat inappropriate thing suggesting she wants a more intimate relationship with him. They continue their flirting until Nash mentions an incident with a tenant and the conversation turns serious in today’s snippet which picks up immediately after last week’s snip. We are still in Nash’s POV.
“John Wright, the village wheelwright, is the latest victim of the gang that’s been terrorizing Kent for the last two months.” He motioned her to a leather wing-backed chair and sat in its companion beside her.
“John’s family has lived on Wrotham property for over six generations. The family works together to farm the land while John plies his trade. Now their house is in ruins, the contents ransacked, John’s tools stolen.” The sight had sickened him. “Even worse, John and his wife looked on helplessly while the gang of masked men looted and burned their home in broad daylight.”
And now a bit more to round out the scene:
“Was anyone hurt?” Charlotte asked.
Nash shook his head. “They were lucky. Neither they nor any of their six children were harmed. I spent the morning arranging lodging for them until their house can be rebuilt. I’ll see about replacing John’s tools also, though I’ll have to send to Maidstone or perhaps Rochester for them.”
Charlotte looked at him, a softness in her face. “You’re a good landlord, Nash. You care greatly about the people here.”
“They depend on me.” As simple as that. “I can’t fail them. That’s why I’m working so hard to find this gang and see justice done. They seem not to be local men. No one has identified them. And their violence seems to be escalating. There’s no telling who they will attack next.” He gazed into her eyes. He’d thought them green, but today they were gray-green flecked with brown.
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The Widows’ Club series by Jenna Jaxon
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