Sunday, September 23, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday 9-23-12 - An Infamous Marriage

Here's Six Sentence Sunday excerpt #3 from my upcoming historical romance, An Infamous Marriage. This week our heroine, Elizabeth, having married the hero, Jack, to fulfill a deathbed promise to her first husband, is at home in Northumberland taking care of Jack's elderly mother and his lands while he serves with his regiment in Canada. His uncle and mentor, Sir Richard Armstrong, has arrived seeking an explanation for his favorite nephew's surprise marriage:

“Ah, now it all becomes clear. Jack has always been persuadable when it comes to his friends. So you gained a settled home, which I daresay you needed, for it isn’t as though a curate would’ve married a woman with a fortune or had one of his own to leave her. And Jack gained both a caretaker for his mother and a comfortable sense of his own heroism and generosity to his friend.” 
It was so accurate Elizabeth wanted to smash something. Possibly the jasperware vase on the mantel, and probably over Sir Richard’s head.

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  1. I want her to break it over Sir Richard's head! Accurate or not, he comes across as very pompous. He's definitely looking down his nose at poor Elizabeth.

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    1. Well, he does have a good side, but he's not showing it in this scene...

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  2. Geesh, what a jerk. Hope she goes for the vase.

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    1. She's too ladylike to take it quite that far, but she does stand up for herself.

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  3. I say she should go with her thought!

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    1. She'd like to, but it would be a waste of a really lovely vase...

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  4. I've been enjoying these weekly snippets. Can't wait for the book to come out.

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    1. Thanks, Phyl! I hope you enjoy the whole thing once it's out.

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  5. Trust an uncle to put the most unflattering interpretation on things.

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  6. Hee! Smash him good! This was so smartly written. I have to say I absolutely love the premise of the story. Excellent six! :)

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  7. Go, Elizabeth! Let the breakage of pottery commence! She's so properly feisty. Another smashingly entertaining snippet, Susanna.

    *ducks* Sorry. Couldn't resist. LOL

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    1. Yeah, neither Jack nor anyone else suspects her feisty side at first. And *snerk* on the "smashingly."

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  8. I like her and her feisty spirit - SO frustrating when an annoying person tells you things you obviously already knew LOL. Excellent excerpt!

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    1. Thanks! I figure we've all had a relative or two who'll say what they want regardless of whether it's kind or appropriate...

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  9. She needs to break the vase over his head. Seriously.

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    1. Oh, but it's a very pretty vase. :-) She finds other ways to stand up for herself, believe me.

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  10. Ouch. Reading this was like a blow to the stomach.Nice six with a lot of punch, literally.

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