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How to Marry Your Wife
(A Medieval Romance Novel Book 2)
(A Medieval Romance Novel Book 2)
by Stella Marie Alden
How to Marry Your Wife is the second book in Stella Marie Alden's Medieval Romance Novel series. Also available: How to Train Your Knight.
What foul devilry is this? They told her he was dead. After six long years without a word, her knight falls onto his knees and sings poetry. Then he denies their son? Heed this well. She’s no longer an innocent who’ll giggle and tarry on his every word. The sharp edge of her tongue and knife is the only welcome he’ll get. She’ll not marry him. The pain would be too much to bear should he ever leave again.
Her attitude is beyond understanding. What voice did he have? The king commanded and he obeyed. Regardless of her hatred, the Templar knight weds. This time she will travel with him and he will win back her favor. It’s a long road from London to Hadrian’s Wall. Evil deeds weave a plot laced with castles, kidnappings, and missives. Will the treacherous journey split them asunder forever? Mayhap only in heaven will he rekindle the passion they once shared.
One thick lock of bronze hair escaped the mass tied to her head. The length twisted past a full breast, beyond her navel, and just above a thatch of curly hair. There, he’d almost known her. Would she take him back? She’d haunted every one of his dreams, followed him like a wraith from London, to France, to Italy, the Holy Lands, and by God, back again. She would marry him. He’d insist. He cleared his throat and stepped out into the open on the lowest tier of bricks.
Eyes wide, her mouth dropped open, and she screeched. One arm covered both breasts and the other hand went low. “Thomas? Is that you? Haunt me not. Be gone. Damn you.”
He put melody to one of the hundreds of poems he’d composed as his lower appendage swelled for her. “Merry, Merry. So very ever fair-ye.”
“Good heavenly Father above. Now it sings?” She picked up a scrubbing brush lying beside a pile of her clothing. Fire from the hearth reflected red into her stunned eyes. Water sloshed over the edge of the highest pools onto the surface of the one below it. The lower edge of the middle bath did the same in perfect counterpoint.
He took a deep breath, jumped up three stairs, and opened his arms wide. “Nay a ghost, love. I’ve come back for you.”
A small nugget of soap whizzed by and would’ve grazed a cheek had he not stepped aside. She dropped to her knees with what he thought was a prayer, jostled in her belongings, and rose with the vicious edge of a dagger. She hissed and jabbed in his direction. “Nay. Be gone ghost. You can’t be Thomas. They said you were dead.”
“They? Who are they, dearest? There’s only I, your love. I’ve returned.” Three steps more brought him within an arm’s length. He reached forward with palms up.
With her un-daggered hand, she finger-poked him and her gray eyes went wider still. She paled when she hit solid mail under his tunic and for a moment their eyes locked like years ago and he was all but undone.
Praise for the Book
"This is a feel good ROMANCE. It is a Historical Romance… but it is so much more. It is a look into history. It is a reminder of a bygone era and the harshness of said period… But it is also a reminder that love for family, love for our children, love for our countries and worlds… Are often enough to motivate you into doing things you may otherwise, never have dreamt of. It is a trip into the cold, rainy Scotland… and if you’re not used to riding a horse… Some parts may be very uncomfortable… Even painful, but the end destination…. SO WORTH IT." ~ Adri Sinclair
"If you liked How to Train Your Knight, you will LOVE How to Marry Your Wife. This is a standalone book, but the characters do overlap from book one, so I suggest reading How to Train Your Knight first. Another exciting read that carries you along with each chapter in anticipation. This book has everything I love about historical romance; a wonderful love story, excitement, battles and suspense. I was hooked from page one, and found the story entertaining all the way through." ~ Amazon Customer
"Enough history to be interesting but not so much as to be overwhelming. The last page will have you itching for the next book to be ready, as it more than hints at a continuation of the story. Fun and easy to read, with wording faithful to the time period in which the story takes place." ~ Sheila Blaine
"As an avid reader this is the second best book I ever read, first on being How to Train Your Knight by the same author! Definitely recommend reading these two books!" ~ Niko
"It is a brilliant written book blended with historical occurrences and a romantic love story." ~ Butterfly Mentions
About the Author
I love Yoga, Zumba, and DIY house projects. My latest fun toy is a tile cutter. Wheee. What else can I tile?
I grew up in New England, in Vermont and have always enjoyed making up stories. When I was a kid, nothing was sacred. Crayons would fight other crayons for placement in the box. Street lamps, when they lost their bulbs, would cry. Needless to say, I still have an active imagination.
I love traveling. I'm one of those people that all other travelers hate. I lay back, when the plane takes off, and awake when the plane touches down.
I have two grown daughters, one lives in Brooklyn and one in Rome. My husband loves to edit my work, and my two cats jump on my keyboard when I'm not watching. Blame them if you see typos.
Cheers and thanks for reading.
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