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Y is for Youth

In Hyacinth is an interesting dichotomy. There is the maturity of the heroes and the heroines, but there is also a definite focus on youth. The heroines are between 18-20 and if any of them have younger siblings, more than likely the Hyacinth Explorers, a youth group for the young men in the town will pop up. In this scene from Courted by Time, DeLynn and Barrett visit Zachary who is working on his brand new home. They came to give him some good news.


It was one of the older houses in town, but looked well-kept. Barrett knocked and a minute later the door opened to a disheveled Zachary. Dust covered his jeans and his t-shirt was half-untucked from his pants. When added in that part of his hair stuck up in little tufts, she thought he looked rather cute. Confusion and then surprise crossed his face “Come in,” he offered, holding the door open. “I wasn’t expecting anyone.”

“It’s quite all right,” Barrett said, ushering DeLynn in ahead of him. There were no chairs or tables, but the kitchen counter looked clean.

“We brought dinner,” she said, holding up the plate. “Turkey and all the sides.”

He smiled, warmth entering his eyes. “Well, thank you. I ate the rest of the lau-lau this afternoon and will admit I’m a bit hungry. I’d offer you a seat, but as you can see, there are none to be had.”

“We can’t stay,” Barrett assured him. “We’re over to my daughter’s house to take her some dinner as well, but…” He looked over at DeLynn and she realized he was leaving it up to her. 

“We want to help. I told everyone at dinner what you were doing and Evan called his explorer leader and so tomorrow you’re gonna be besieged.” That had been a bit of a shock. When her brother called Jerod Kinsley to ask about the badge, Jerod had been thrilled to get the entire group involved. 

“Besieged?” he asked in confusion, taking the plate and jar from her and putting them on the counter.

“Our children and Evan’s group from the Hyacinth Explorers are coming over to help you clean and get your house ready,” Barrett explained. “Hopefully you can get more done than you expected.”

Pleasure crossed Zachary’s face. “Well, that’s appreciated. It’s slow going, I’ll admit, and I was beginning to wonder if I’d even be able to move in by winter break.”


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.

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.

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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