Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors !
This month I’m going to my novella, Heart of Hope, also part of my Handful of Hearts series, that released about a year ago. It is Bertie Symmonds and Lady Letitia Stowe’s story, so now onward to the snippets!
Wallflower Lady Letitia Stowe is determined to dance with no one at Lady Hamilton’s ball unless she knows the gentleman. When just such a man appears in the form of Albert Symmons, Letitia is suddenly eager to dance with him…until she discovers their set is the scandalous waltz. Letitia begs off and instead they talk together, each confessing a weakness. Inspired to help one another, they make a pact: she will instruct him in dancing, and he will do likewise for her in horseback riding. Their frequent meetings grow into true affection and respect; however, Letitia discovers her brother has another match in mind for her.
Can Letitia and Bertie come up with a way to change her brother’s mind or will they need to take more drastic measures to secure a “happily ever after”?
I’m continuing on directly from last week’s snippet as Bertie asks Lady Letitia to dance. Enjoy!
“Then we must remedy that immediately, Lady Letitia.”
Letitia jerked her head up, frowning at the unfamiliar voice that had barged in on their private conversation.
A young gentleman with an eager face had crept up on her unawares while she and Mr. Symmons talked.
Letitia wrinkled her brow. She should remember him if they’d been introduced. The man was dressed in flawless black evening dress, complete with white waistcoat and an elaborately tied cravat with a flashy gold and diamond pin affixed in the center of it. But she’d been introduced to many of the gentlemen in attendance this evening and at some point had stopped paying attention. Had this been one of them?
And a little more for good measure…
Aunt Alexandra seemed to have the same question. “Have we been introduced, young man?”
“Yes, Lady Romley” He bowed elegantly. “Lord Kettering, ma’am. Son of the Earl of Pytchley. We were introduced briefly by Lady Hamilton, at which point I determined I must ask Lady Letitia to partner me in a set this evening.”
Drat! Caught like a mouse in a trap. Letitia looked from Mr. Symmons, with whom she wanted to stand up, to Lord Kettering, with whom she now must dance, to Aunt Alexandra, who was shooting daggers at her from coal black eyes. Letitia sighed. If she had her wish, she’d be in bed alongside her sisters right now.
“Yes, Lord Kettering, I will dance this set with you.” Resigned, but trying not to show it, Letitia sent one sorrowful look to Mr. Symmons before Lord Kettering placed her hand in the crook of his arm and led her onto the dance floor.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Warriors here. There are some fantastic snippets to be read.
Heart of Hope is available on Amazon , Smashwords , B & N, Apple, and Kobo.
The Handful of Hearts series