I hope you are enjoying In Hyacinth. I love this quaint little town. The first four books were about the relationships of friends Camille, Kathy, Stephanie, and Dora. Now, we see a courting from a relative unknown. Celia, whose mother took her away from Hyacinth when her father died, has moved back for her courting year. In this scene, she's meeting one of her cousins for coffee and gets some good info about her grandmother.
Finding the Lava Lamp was easy enough. As it was on the main street through town, all Celie had to do was walk down Lancaster Avenue until she saw the large coffee cup that kind of resembled a genie's lamp. "Cute."
It was just before eleven and the café seemed to be in a lull as she walked in. Not spotting Jaylee, she walked up to the counter to order. A girl around her age with a beaming smile walked up. "What can I get you today?"
"Caramel macchiato sounds good," she said, pulling out her wallet.
"Tall, grande, or vente?"
"What, what, or what?" Celia asked in confusion.
The barista laughed, though not unkindly. "Not from Washington? Small, medium, or large?"
"Oh, large is good."
After getting her drink in an actual real cup, a real large cup, Celie chose a small table in the corner where she could observe the comings and goings of Hyacinth's citizens as they came in for their coffees. There was a small trickle of them and then a huge rush about five minutes after eleven. The noise level jumped and she watched the teenage girls laugh and order a myriad of coffees before taking them back out. Before she could wonder where they were all going, the door opened and her cousin walked in.
Jaylee waved and walked over, putting her bag down. "Sorry I'm late. Let me order and we can get to know one another." She walked up to the counter and the barista beamed at her. "Julienne, congratulations on your courting."
"Thanks, Jaylee. I don't know why someone else didn't go all ga-ga over Gregory years ago. He's such a sweetie. I mean, he writes me poetry! It's like being in a romance novel. Your regular?"
"Yep. Well, I'm happy for you."
A few minutes later Jaylee returned with a cup of something white.
"What's that?" Celia asked.
"The closest I can get to coffee right now," she sighed. "Hot milk with caramel in it. I'll be glad when this little one is born. I miss caffeine."
"I didn't know pregnant women couldn't drink coffee."
"I don't know that it's a hard and fast medical thingy," she admitted. "But it is Dirk's rule." She took a sip of her milk and hummed, obviously enjoying her non-caffeinated drink. "So, tell me about yourself. Granny says you've travelled a lot."
Slightly startled by Jaylee's easy reference to her husband's head of the household status as if it was the norm, Celie took a moment to sip her drink before answering. "Since Momma and I left, that's all we've done is travel. Town-to-town, motel-to-motel. There were exciting things about it, but it was tiresome as well."
"So you've been everywhere?"
Laughing, Celia shook her head. "Not quite. It just feels like it. Mostly large cities and dingy motels with thin walls. It's nice to be in Nana's house."
She smiled. "Granny was so excited when you elected to come for your courting year. I think she has a couple men she has her eye on for you. And she has good taste. But don't let her railroad you," she said, her eyes sharpening. "Jude Compton has her own ways of doing things, but that doesn't mean they're right. She didn't like Dirk and tried to get me interested in three other guys when we were courting. Dad finally had a word with her after the courting banns were posted and next thing you know, she was firmly in Dirk's corner. I still think she wishes I'd ended up with one of her choices, but I love Dirk and am very happy."
Taking that as an invitation, Celie asked, "What has she got against Marcus Hotham?"
Courted by Experience
Book Five of In Hyacinth
Release Date: March 26, 2015
Celia Compton is thrilled to be back in Hyacinth where she lived until she was eight. A year of courting to meet her prince sounds lovely, especially when combined with loving discipline. Unfortunately, sometimes reality doesn’t quite meet up with fantasy. The man she wants, Marcus Hotham, seems inclined not to court and yet the more she sees him, the more the rest of the guys just don’t measure up.
As Celia learns more about Hyacinth life and gains friendships for the first time in over a decade, it becomes more like home. When Marcus finally asks to court her, his four-year-old daughter Vanna in tow, she’s thrilled. Everything is perfect, until her mother, who hates discipline and Hyacinth, comes to town and finds out about Marcus. Now, with the possibility of being ripped from the arms of the man she loves, Celia finds herself floundering with how to explain things. When decisions are made and everything comes to light, she just might find that sometimes reality is so much better than fantasy.
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
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Courted by Fall
, Book Two is available
Courted by Trouble
, Book Three is available
Courted by Understanding, Book Four is available
Volume 1 (includes books 1 & 2) is available
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