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My latest novel, Dame Audrey, released at the end of August, and I’m working on two new stories in different series.
For now, I’ll continue snippets from Dame Audrey, my new medieval romance set in fourteenth century England in and around my hometown of Reading.
Audrey has discovered the sheriff’s bailiff, Selwyn Drake, praying in her parish church. He explained he was praying for his deceased wife and stillborn child.
You can read last week’s snippet at https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-sad-loss-snippet-from-dame-audrey-for.html
This snippet begins a few lines later. Two women entered the nave and were staring at Audrey and Selwyn, so he suggested they leave the church.
Once outside the church, I stepped into the sunlit graveyard. The sounds of bartering came from the market across the main street, yet the narrow path winding between the graves was peaceful and private.
Unconsciously, I took my usual walk in the direction of my family’s grave. The names carved in the headstone had been rinsed clean by the rains, although the daisies I had laid at the foot of the mound on Sunday had been washed away.
I paused and placed my hand on the top of the gravestone, “My husband lies here beside our two little children.”
He touched the polished stone and his gaze traveled over the inscription. “You are fortunate; you can pray at their grave. My family’s tomb is far away.”
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Such a poignant snippet. Having red the previous one as well, I can see these two share similar sad losses. Just purchased the book!ReplyDelete
Oh - double thanks! I hope you like the story.Delete
Audrey and Selwyn are drawn together during first few days of their acquaintance, although events will separate them.
A touching moment. And they've both experienced tragic losses, something they can work through together.ReplyDelete
Exactly. They are both free to marry again.Delete
A tender, healing moment. I like this couple!ReplyDelete
I can picture the worn tombstones and feel the English humidity. These two are already sharing important parts of their past -- a hopeful sign!ReplyDelete
Indeed. They end up sharing some intimate details of their previous relationships.Delete
So lovely in every way. Been there when someone expressed his background and all that comes with it.ReplyDelete
Thank you. They communicate very honestly with each other, which seems a good basis for a loving marriage.Delete
It's rare for characters to reveal their past so easily to each other. How sweet. Too many times they fight for dominance and keep their past a secret. This was a refreshing change.ReplyDelete
These two feel they have nothing to lose by this confidence. Audrey's situation is well known in the town and his sorrow has dwindled over the years.Delete
They seem to share a common link in the family they have lost, a very common circumstance in the Medieval period. Nice tone to your snippet.ReplyDelete
Yes. Death was very close in those years.Delete
As others have said, a very poignant scene and I can certainly feel the connection between them. Excellent excerpt!ReplyDelete
Very touching. Nice excerpt.ReplyDelete
What a bittersweet moment. It must be very hard for him not being near to them.ReplyDelete
He was in church praying for them, although it's been five years and he has moved past sorrow.Delete
So very sad for both of them but it's nice that they can share the moment. It makes grief just a bit more bearable.ReplyDelete
I really like his character. :-) I have to find time to read this! :-)ReplyDelete
I hope you read it soon!Delete