G is for Gaelic
No, not the language, though that might have had a little to do with how that particular character popped up. Gaelic is Gaelic Covington, hero of Courted by Understanding. I adore him. Yep. I do. He's not my kind of companion, but he's the kind of guy I'd like to pat on the head and adopt as my little brother. On the surface, he appears like he has it all, a successful professional life, hot looks, a nice deep voice, and women who would flock to him with just a glance. However, he grew up with a speech impediment, which makes the inner Gaelic shy and backward when it comes to relationships. Which makes him so incredibly perfect for Dora as she has a few hangups as well.
“Xan said I needed to give him a chance,” Dora admitted. “That Gaelic was shy around women. Which seems strange considering how outgoing and personable he is.”
“There’s a reason for it,” Stephanie said quietly after a moment.
Pulling her face away from Chris’s shoulder, Dora looked at her. “What do you mean?”
“I only met him once. I was five or six. He was twelve, I think. He’d come to work on his uncle’s ranch for the summer. Gale was extremely shy and it didn’t take long to figure out why.”
“Why?” Dora asked when she didn’t continue.
“He had a horrible stutter. I mean, he couldn’t talk without it and half of his words couldn’t even come out. Cami mentioned a few years ago that he had gone through intensive speech therapy and had overcome it. But I would bet that’s why he’s still shy around women.”
“Poor Gaelic.” Dora tried to imagine the horror of growing up with that. She knew he had to have been picked on, probably horribly.
“Interesting,” Chris said quietly. He combed her hair back from her face. “Honey, maybe he understands you at a deeper level than either of you comprehend.”
“Because he’s been picked on, too,” Dora whispered, following his words.
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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