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W is for Williams

Williams is the last name of Deeka and Barrett. Deeka was the heroine for Courted by a Knight and we met her father Barrett in the same book. In Book Seven, Courted by Time, Barrett takes a rather large secondary role as well in DeLynn's story as well.

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The table was lively, which DeLynn was used to, but there was an underlying tranquility which was something Barrett had brought with him. As though having him there had calmed down the manic emotions that her three younger siblings tended to exude on a daily basis before he and their mother got together. Especially Charity.

DeLynn chose to wait to talk to her parents until after Charity had been sent to bed. The twins had gone up to their room to read and Blaine was curled up in an armchair with a word circle game. “May I speak with you?” she asked hesitantly when her mother and Barrett walked into the living room. 

“Of course, dear,” Liz said. 

Barrett went to sit down but DeLynn shook her head. “Both of you.” He looked startled but pleased even as Blaine straightened up and stared at her. “How about the study?” The study was a new room for them. When her father had been alive, it had been the discipline room as that was the only reason it was ever used. After he passed, it became the junk room. When Barrett moved in, he had moved out the junk and made it into a study and library for himself, something he had not had in the home he’d shared with Deeka. Unsurprisingly, it was also used to discipline as well.

The three of them walked in and as she sat in a thin, upright chair that faced Barrett’s small wooden desk, her mother sat down in the chair next to hers while Barrett leaned against the desk. “What is it?” he asked kindly. 

Her eyes moved from her mother’s slightly worried expression to his kind eyes and stayed there. It was much easier to say this looking at him, than at her.

“I-I’ve been thinking. I’m nineteen now and I really need to start doing something for me. At first I thought a job, but, um, Deeka’s going to college and I think I would like to, too.” The last phrase was said so quickly, it came out in a jumble. 

“What was that, dear?” her mother asked, cocking her head to the side.

Barrett, however, smiled. “College is a great idea, DeLynn. Do you know where you would like to go?”

Startled, her mother looked from one to the other. “College?”

“Well,” DeLynn said, wringing her hands together. “I could get a job, but I thought college was a better idea. And with Deeka going, if we get similar classes maybe we can drive together or something. And Chrissa’s interested in going as well. We thought we’d go to Longdale tomorrow and check out the community college.”

“But courting,’ Liz said hesitantly.

“I’m nineteen, Mom,” she reminded her. “And nobody has asked for a dinner in over a year. I think we have to accept it’s not going to happen.”

“It will happen in its own time,” Barrett said calmly, standing up to come over near his wife and put his arm around her shoulders. “Why don’t you let me and your mother talk for a few minutes alone? Then we can give you our answer.”

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Courted by Time

In Hyacinth, Book 7

Coming Soon

With her courting year over and no men on the horizon, DeLynn Straynar decides to do something different with her life and signs up to attend college in Longdale an hour away. Her first day there, she runs into Zachary Styles, the school’s single chaplain and feels attracted, but quickly tries to convince herself she feels nothing for him. Until they meet again and again. With school taking up so much of her attention, she tries to focus just on it, but ignoring the gorgeous brown-eyed man is difficult and she’s not sure she wants to.

Zachary is twenty-five and working toward his doctorate in divinity. While aware of Hyacinth, he never imagined he would physically discipline anyone, until falling for DeLynn. She thinks getting courted will be the hardest part, but their courting year turns out to be fraught with trouble. From her best friend running away from home, to trying to figure out who she is in an environment so unlike the one she grew up in, the entire year is filled with stress. She keeps hoping that in time, everything will work itself out.

Unfortunately, time can only fix so much and as her anxiety goes through the roof and she finds herself in a manic mode she cannot stop, it doesn’t take long before she realizes that while sometimes she needs to figure things out on her own, there are also times she needs to hand the reins over to someone else.

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.

Ebooks:
Courted by Discipline, Book One is available.
Courted by Fall, Book Two is available.
Courted by Trouble, Book Three is available.
Courted by Understanding, Book Four is available.
Courted by Experience, Book Five is available
Courted by a Knight, Book Six is available
Courted by Time, Book Seven is coming soon

Print Editions:
Volume 1 (includes books 1 & 2) is available.

Audiobooks:
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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