Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/04/20 The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ “I Won’t Go!”

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors!

Today I’m continuing with my Christmas novel that releases at the end of September, The Widow’s Christmas Surprise. This is book five of The Widows’ Club series and is Maria’s story. 

It released last Tuesday, September 29 in print, e-book, so this will be my last snippet of this until we get closer to December!

Here’s the blurb:


The death of her husband has thrown Lady Maria Kersey’s future into doubt—and her heart into the arms of a man she cannot have. But Christmas with the Widows’ Club will bring choices—and surprises–that may change all her holidays to come . . .
Maria just gave birth to her first child, a beautiful daughter—but the event is shrouded in sorrow.  A month earlier, Maria’s husband, Lord Kersey, was killed in a duel under compromising circumstances. Worse, Maria’s failure to provide a male heir has stripped her of any hope of an inheritance. Scorned by the ton, one of her few allies is her late husband’s steward, Hugh Granger. Hugh is everything her husband was not—warm, charming—and penniless. . . .

Hugh has fallen desperately in love with Maria, but has little to offer but comfort. As their attraction becomes impossible to resist, Maria flees to London to spend Christmas with her dearest friends, a group of widows who lost their own husbands in the Battle of Waterloo. Little does she know the holidays will reveal a twist of fate she never expected—proving that the greatest Christmas gift is the magic of true love . . .

I’m starting this snippet well into the book because this is a fun scene. Maria is about to leave her lover, Hugh, to go to Scotland until they can marry. Hugh has taken Maria out for a final outing, to spend some time together before they have to say goodbye. They have now begun to skate.

We are in Hugh’s POV.


“You know I do not.” Existence here without her would be the worst form of torture.

“Then I won’t go,” she raised her head to look at him, love shining in her eyes, “we can get married, Hugh. I can live with you and your sister and my daughter at Wingate–if only we think about it, we can find a way to be happy.”

“My love, what do you think Lord Kersey will do when he finds out that I have married his kinswoman without so much as a by your leave? I wager I will find myself without a situation, therefore no house, no means to support any of us.” He hated to extinguish the hope in her face, but the harsh reality of their plight could not be mitigated. “Our best plan is the one we agreed to last night.”

“But I don’t want to leave you, not even for the time it takes me to go from here to there.” She struck out toward the far shore.

And now to finish the scene :

“Maria, come back.” He set out after her, but she swung around toward him.

“I won’t do it, Hugh. I won’t go. There must be some other way we can be together without another wretched scandal raising its head.” She looked so distraught, so forlorn, where moments before she’d been all smiles and laughter.

“Come back, my love. We can talk about it before we go back to the Hall.” It was more of a perfunctory concession. He’d thought about nothing else for the past days save how to make everything come out right. Nothing, save her leaving or Kit dying, would end their torment.

“Promise me, Hugh. Promise me we will be to—” Maria’s foot slid backward toward the bulrushes, broke through the ice and plunged her into the depths of the icy pond.

The Widow’s Christmas Surprise is available for pre-order on Amazon, B & N, Kobo, and Apple.

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There’s some fantastic snippets to be read.

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15 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors ~ 10/04/20 The Widow’s Christmas Surprise ~ “I Won’t Go!”

  1. E.D. Martin says:

    Congrats on your new release! And you left us with the perfect cliffhanger to get us to get the book to find out what happens next!


  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I wasn’t expecting a plunge into an icy lake. Nice dramatic scene.


  3. daryldevore says:

    Without so much as a by your leave – love the language – so drops the reader into the scene.
    Congrats on new release.


  4. Jeff S. Bray says:

    I had been wondering if something like this was going to occur since he went out testing the ice. But had forgotten about it through the snippets. What a surprise and shock. Literally. Great writing.


  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    The end of that scene is like getting doused in ice water. So to speak . . .


  6. Oh no!

    You are a tease! What a cliffhanger! 🙂

    You do a wonderful job of writing that time period and the challenges to love that it embodied.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. nancygideon says:

    I knew this conversation would end with a splash! Ice skating just smacks of danger in my mind.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Uh oh, what a tense place to leave us, both for the thin ice and their romantic situation! Enjoyed the snippet, best wishes on the new book’s release!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Carrie-Anne says:

    I didn’t see that ending coming! That may have complicated the situation even more.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, that’s not a good way to end this snippet!! I hope he can save her!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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