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Hey,  WiPItUp Wednesday.

Courted by Time is now available! Yay! I love DeLynn's story. Not only is it almost twice as long as any other In Hyacinth book, but I think the growth and her and Zachary's relationship is one of the sweetest in the series.


“What do you think of your new town, Zach? We’ve got class, don’t we?”

“It’s definitely unique,” Zachary agreed in amusement. “I was just about to get DeLynn and myself a cocoa. Anyone else need one?”

“I’ll help,” Barrett said, following him to the booth.

“He’s really cute,” Cherise hissed in her ear.

“I know,” DeLynn agreed with a grin. Her sister was only fifteen and still in the thralls of how exciting the concept of courting was. For some—like Deeka—the reality was even better than the fantasy. For others—like DeLynn—there was a sense that something had gone horribly wrong. But she wasn’t about to burst Cherise’s bubble. Part of the magic of growing up was believing your prince would come find you.

“Please tell me we can leave soon,” Liz said, her teeth chattering. “I’m freezing and it’s still snowing. The roads were already a mess and they’re just getting worse.”

“Ah, come on, Mom,” Evan said, sidling up next to his twin as if he’d always been standing there. “It’s fun.”

“Where’s Blaine?” Charity asked. Her face was barely viewable out of the winter outfit her mother had bundled her into.

“I think he’s helping Jared with something,” Evan said with a shrug. “Maybe they think they’ll find the short.”

The cocoa seemed to be taking a while and when DeLynn turned to see if maybe there had been a line, she was surprised to find Zachary and Barrett in what looked to be a very serious conversation. What was worse, they both turned and looked at her before returning to whatever they were saying. After a couple more words, Zachary looked down at the ground and nodded. The two of them shook hands and when Marilyn handed out the hot cocoas, Zachary took his and after giving her a strange look, walked away while Barrett brought all of theirs in a little container.

“Barrett?” DeLynn said hesitantly when she took one of the drinks.

As soon as everyone had taken one and he had his own in his hand, he put an arm around her shoulder. Leaning in, he whispered into her ear. “You won’t be going over to Zachary’s tomorrow.”

“Why not?” Her heart fell. Had Curtis’s words scared Zach into thinking she was after him?

“You’re cooking dinner tomorrow night.”

“Why?” Not that she minded, but lately Liz had insisted on Cherise doing more of the cooking so she would get proficient in it.

She could feel Barrett’s lips form into a smile. “Because, my dear girl, you have a suitor coming to dinner by the name of Zachary Styles.”

Courted by Time

Book Seven of In Hyacinth

Now Available!

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.

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.

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 available.

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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