X is for Xander #inspirational #romance #courting

X is for Xander

Xander was the first hero in my In Hyacinth series. When poor Kathy moved to Hyacinth, she thought the courting system kind of sucked. Until she met him. And who could blame her? Yum! Well, technically it was later on that she was more 'yum' about Alexander. At first, she found him a bit imposing.


Before they could continue, her father looked over her shoulder and nodded. “Alex,” he called. Alexander Covington walked into view, just as tall, just as imposing as he had been in their living room a couple of weeks before.

“Good to see you here,” Alex said smoothly, shaking Gerald’s hand. His eyes slid over to Kathy and he nodded. “And how are you enjoying Hyacinth, young Kathy?”

Gulping as something about him unnerved her, she glanced at her dad who nodded encouragingly before looking back at the man standing next to their table. It might have been her imagination, but he looked pleased for some reason. “So far so good. I haven’t really met anyone yet.”

“You should come to the picnic next weekend,” he encouraged, lifting his hand and waving someone from behind her forward. “The entire town turns up and you can meet some of our wonderful girls. Of course, now, you can meet my son.” A younger version of the man in front of her stepped forward and turned startlingly bright blue eyes on her. “Alexander, these are the Brethertons. Gerald’s a doctor at the hospital and his daughter Kathryn will be a senior next year. Gerry, Kathy, my son Alexander. He just moved back into town a year ago. This summer he’ll be courting.”

The people around here sure were old fashioned. Courting? Couldn’t he have said his son was dating the girls locally?

“It’s a pleasure to meet you,” her dad said, shaking his hand. “Your father says you’re a lawyer.”

“Yes, Dr. Bretherton. Currently I work remotely for a firm in Chicago that has several cases in our state.” Turning his eyes back on Kathy, Alexander held out his hand, taking hers between both of his. “And it’s a great pleasure to meet you, Miss Bretherton.”

“You too,” she said softly, not sure of what else to say. The younger Alexander had short dirty blonde hair and besides his gorgeous eyes, his face was all angles. She could only assume he would look a lot like his father when he reached his age. Looking to be in his late-twenties or early-thirties, she thought he had the look of a man who belonged in a courtroom – he held that inestimable quality of being very firm and strong. She actually kind of felt sorry for whomever he married. Poor girl.

“We’ll let you get back to dinner,” Alex said, taking a step backward. “Have a good evening.” The two of them walked away before Kathy turned back to her dad and lowered her voice.

“What’s with the town? Everyone talks so strangely. Courting? What is it, the eighteen hundreds?”


Courted by Discipline
Book One, In Hyacinth

When Kathy Bretherton moved to Hyacinth at the age of eighteen, she looked forward to living amongst people who believed in traditional values like her family did. She did not expect to become part of the Hyacinth Courting pool and the object of interest of every man looking for a wife.

Alexander Covington was the most eligible bachelor in town and he wanted her. For Kathy, who grew up in a traditional household where the man was the head of the home and her and her mother a committed homemaker, falling in love with him was relatively easy. Following his lead and accepting his discipline was the life-changing part.

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.
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 is coming soon.

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

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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