Welcome back to Medieval Monday! It’s Week Four of our “Family” theme, and I’m thrilled to feature an excerpt from A Wager for the Widow by the talented Elisabeth Hobbes.
If you’re following my excerpt from Flight of the Raven, you can find the fourth snippet on Elisabeth’s blog: https://elisabethhobbes.co.uk/
Now, let’s enjoy her fourth snippet:
Edmund broke his reverie as he threw himself on to the bench and slung an arm around Will’s shoulder. Will greeted him with a distracted smile, the intrusion into his thoughts unwelcome.
Edmund picked up a bottle of wine and filled two goblets to the brim. ‘You look weary, Will, ‘he commented. ‘Was my father particularly demanding tonight? Did he agree to buy the wine?’
‘No, he wasn’t—and, yes, he did. He recognised the quality straight away. With a little more money to invest I could earn well from this vintage alone,’ Will answered. He sighed deeply. ‘It’s a pity my stake is so small.’
They drank contentedly for a while, discussing the upcoming feast, Rob’s successful wager and impending marriage. Rob retrieved his kestrel from the perch by the fire with a bow and a few brief words to the ladies, then joined his brother and friend. Lady Peyton’s eyes followed him as he crossed the room and Will saw her expression change to a frown as she saw where he was heading.
‘Why does my dear sister keep glaring at you?’ Edmund asked suddenly, turning his head to Will. ‘Every time she glanced your way during dinner she looked as though she wished she had a sharper knife. Surely you can have done nothing in the hour or two she has been here to incur her displeasure?’
‘You must be imagining things, Edmund. What could I have done?’ Will asked innocently. He took a deep draught from his goblet.
Rob leaned forward on his bench. ‘Will, you’re hiding something, I can tell.’
What is Will hiding? Head over to Sherry Ewing’s blog next Monday to discover the answer: https://sherryewing.com/blog/
For the previous excerpt from A Wager for the Widow visit https://www.RuthACasie.blogspot.com
Remember to visit Elisabeth’s blog and comment on my snippet for a chance to win Flight of the Raven (or if you already have a copy, your choice of another of my books)!
A little more about A Wager for the Widow:
“I suppose a kiss of gratitude is out of the question?”
Widowed Lady Eleanor Peyton has chosen a life of independence. Living alone on her rocky coastal outcrop, she’s cut herself off from the world of men—until William Rudhale saves her life and demands a kiss!
As steward to Lady Eleanor’s father, Will knows the desire he burns with is futile—but he’ll still wager he can claim Eleanor’s kiss by midwinter. Yet when the tide turns Will realizes vulnerable Eleanor is far too precious to gamble with. Can he win his lady before it’s too late?
See you next Monday!