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. Courted by a Knight
, book 6 of the In Hyacinth series will be out on April 23rd. It's time to start getting to know Deeka and Curtis. Here is their first meet...at least where she doesn't run away.
“Curt, this is my daughter, Deeka. Deeka, this is Curtis Brenten, friend and business associate.”
“It’s nice to meet you, Deeka,” Curtis said, offering her a warm smile. “Your father has nothing but wonderful things to say about you.” His voice was smoother than honey and if it weren’t for the fact Deeka was embarrassed as all get out from the incident earlier, she would have been entranced.
“Nice to meet you, too. Excuse me,” she whispered, darting into the kitchen on the pretext of doing…well, anything actually.
The two male voices continued in the living room for some time before she heard her father’s footsteps heading her way. “Of course I am,” he laughed. “Gardening keeps me sane. Come check it out. I’ll start the grill as well.” He opened the backdoor, stood aside, and Curtis moved smoothly around him, his wheelchair sliding quickly through the door. Looking over his shoulder, Barrett raised an eyebrow. “You okay, kiddo?”
“Mmhmm,” she said, nodding, even though she was leaning against a counter with her arms folded and her chin tucked against her chest.
“I’ll be right out, Curt,” he called, before walking over to her. “Honey,” he said gently, putting a hand on each shoulder. “There’s nothing to worry about or be freaked out about. Plenty of people are in wheelchairs. Curtis is still a man with a sharp mind and an even sharper wit. Don’t let the chair deter you.”
Looking up, she blinked as his words sunk in. “Dad, I’m not freaked out by the chair.” How could he even think that of her? Deeka never cared about physical infirmities. People were people no matter what they looked like. It was what was inside that counted. Her father had taught her that and she lived by it.
“Then, what’s wrong? I’ve never seen you like this. Usually you want to get to know anyone who comes over.”
Wincing, she nodded. “He, um, was at the grocery store when I was there.”
“And?” he prodded when she didn’t continue.
“Wally said something that embarrassed me and he overheard it. I just…I just wasn’t expecting him to appear in our home, that’s all.”
Pulling her close, he kissed the top of her head. “Ah, Deeka, come out and get to know him. He’s a good guy.”
“You said that about Tempest,” she teased, making him groan.
“I’ll never live that down, will I?”
“Nope!” Tempest was one of the stranger of her father’s acquaintances. He came to visit once and was odder than odd. And rather gross. Her father had never invited him over after that.
Chuckling, he gave her a quick hug. “Why don’t you grab some glasses? I’ll take the lemonade outside.”
“All right.” She gathered three glasses and some napkins, following her father out the backdoor onto their cedar deck. Deeka really liked their deck. The two of them had built it themselves, replacing the old, rotting wood that had been there when they moved in. Curtis was looking at the garden. At a glance, she could see his wheelchair was smaller than she expected. Not as big as the ones at a hospital.
Courted by a Knight
Book Six of In Hyacinth
Update: Now available
Deeka Williams is uncertain of her courting year. The list of single men in town who are looking for a wife does not give her a lot of hope. Until one of her father’s friends comes over for dinner. Intelligent, a gentleman, and sociable, Curtis Brenten catches her attention quickly, especially after he defends her against a bully. Unfortunately, he also seems to think that no woman would want a man in a wheelchair.
Between trying to convince Curtis that he is not his disability and fighting against the bully who delights in teasing her ruthlessly, she’s busy enough. But when she breaks a rule too many times by lashing out, she may have lost everything she has been trying to achieve. Have they built enough of a foundation to weather this storm or will the man she considers her knight walk away?
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.
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