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I've submitted Courted by Understanding, Book Four of In Hyacinth. A few weeks ago I gave you a snippet from the very beginning so you could understand Dora. Here's her first meet with Gaelic. It starts with Chris's return from his and Stephanie's honeymoon (from Book Three).


“Have a good time?” Dora asked.

“Ever been somewhere and not wanted to leave?” he asked, looking over at her with a wry smile. “Tearing ourselves from that little cabin was tough. And thanks for dinner that first night. We needed it. Now,” he said, shaking himself as if to cast off the honeymoon and put himself in work mode. “What do you need from me?”

She brought him up to speed with the last few days, things that needed fixed, a couple guest issues, as well as the fact they were full for the next three weeks.

“Really?” he asked in wonder, looking over the book. “Dory, that’s remarkable. You’re like my lucky penny.” She jabbed him in the waist with her elbow but grinned just the same. “All right, I’m going to go see how much of a mess they’ve made of my kitchen. I’ll see you later.”

With a full house, her days were busy. She fielded begging from people who wanted reservations even though they were full, answered questions from guests who wanted more information on the area, and by Thursday, felt as though she was running on a constant high of caffeine, even though she hadn’t had coffee in days.

Slicing open the newest mail, she was at the front desk when she felt someone walk up in front of her. Looking up, she was startled to stare into a pair of intense blue eyes. “Hello,” he said in a deep voice. “My name’s Gaelic Covington. I have a reservation for lunch.”

“Oh, yes, Mr. Covington,” she said, trying not to stare. Well over six feet with short brown hair and chiseled features, she hadn’t had this kind of reaction to a guy since…well, since Xander Covington. Groaning inwardly because she realized she must have a Covington fixation, she nodded toward the dining room. “We set up the private dining area for your meeting. The hostess will show you where it is.”

“Thank you, Miss…?” He paused as if waiting for her name.

“Lexington. Dora Lexington. I manage the inn.”

A slow smile spread across his face. “Camille has mentioned you. It’s nice to meet you.”

“You too,” she whispered as he turned and entered the dining room. Once he was gone, she laid her head on the desk. It was a good thing he was only here for a couple days. He was far too good looking for her peace of mind. Especially considering he would never be interested in a girl like her. No guy ever was. With reality firmly back in place, she lifted her head up and got back to work.

Courted by Understanding
Book Four of In Hyacinth

Dora Lexington is cute, round, and utterly practical. She has watched her best friends find their husbands, knowing full-well it will never happen to her. Or so she thinks until meeting Xander’s cousin Gaelic Covington. At first she doesn’t see how such a handsome, successful man can be attracted to her. But attracted he is. In fact, he has been head over heels in love with her for years.

As they come to know one another, they discover each other’s secrets and she finds out that in the heart of the strong man is a boy who is just as worried at being rejected as she is. Falling in love with him is simple; even simpler to submit to his lead. However, when Dora discoveres something about herself that she finds shocking, she tries to run. Now it’s up to Gaelic to convince her that nothing will make him leave, not even that.

About the series In Hyacinth:

Hyacinth, Washington is all about traditional values. In Hyacinth; its residents live their lives by discipline; there is a strong male head of house; and words like trust, honor, and kindness aren't just buzzwords. Each story in the series is of a young woman (18-20) and her struggle to figure out who she is in this little town while at the same time going through Hyacinth's old-fashioned courting system. On their way to meet, get to know, and finally marry their princes, these heroines grow in ways they and their town never expected.

Courted by Discipline, Book One is available.
Courted by Fall, Book Two is available.
Courted by Trouble, Book Three is available.

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