Mid Week Tease: The Price of Honor

MWTease15Good morning. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it’s 12 F. Dang. I knew it was too good to be true! Spring has yet to arrive.

Well, it’s been one of those weeks. Too many things to do and nor enough time to do them in. This morning, I thought I’d share a snippet from my historical romance, The Price of Honor. The book has 5 reviews now, all of them good, and the one constant comment is that the reader is looking forward to the next book. I just have to find the time to write it.

Thank you to Sandra Bunino and the other talented teasers for allowing me to read their work and share mine this way. Hope the weather’s better where you are.

This Week’s tease:Susanne Ebook cover

Isabelle came out of the cabin, her emerald eyes bright with tears, and her cheeks damp, but she still took his breath away. Her eyes had haunted him for years and would continue to do so for the rest of his life. He reached for her to comfort her, gave her a quick hug, and then led the way up to the weather deck.

Just as Sophie was obligated to marry within a year of her arrival in New France, so was he, especially if he wanted to keep his land and acquire more. Children to populate the colony was the price the king exacted for his generosity. No doubt, with is mother’s help, he could find a woman who would be a suitable companion, bear his children, and maybe in time he would come to care for her deeply, but it would never be the gut-wrenching, soul torturing love he had for  Isabelle. Would such a relationship be fair to Sophie? After all she’d lost, she deserved to be loved for herself, not because she resembled a woman who could never be his.

Isabelle would never return his affection. Pierre had had her love, and any other she had to give would go to her children. Would she grow to love the chevalier? He hoped the man would treat her with the care she deserved. The memories of their brief time together would warm his heart on cold winter nights. Silently, he led tearful Isabelle from the ship.

She stopped to thank Monsieur Martin and wished him a safe voyage. “When you return to France, if your ship sails into Le Havre, be sure to come and see us at Caen. I’m sure that if you ever decide to visit New France, Sophie will be pleased to welcome you too.”

Isabelle walked a few paces ahead of him as she went towards the carriage, but instead of getting in on the side she’d gotten out, he watched her step around to the far side. Guy followed her, indicated to the waiting driver he’d help her in, and opened the carriage door. Isabelle stopped in front of the door and turned to Guy. “I don’t have the words to thank you properly for everything you’re doing for Sophie. Half of my heart is buried at Caen. The other half sails on that ship. You’re a good man, Guy Poirier. I wish you’d come back to Caen years ago. I’ll never forget you.” She stepped closer and raised her lips to him.

Acting on instinct, Guy took her into his arms, bent his head, and claimed a prize beyond price. The kiss began tenderly, but soon the longing driving him deepened it.

Isabelle didn’t resist his onslaught. Instead, she returned his ardor. This wasn’t a chaste kiss, but a kiss full of passion and longing for what could never be. He hardened as he pulled her more tightly to him. Suddenly, she pulled away. Her eyes brimmed with tears.

Without a word, she climbed into the carriage, and he closed the door. At its sound, the driver shook the reins, and the horses pulled away from the pier. She didn’t look back, but he stood on the dock beside Monsieur Martin until the carriage was no longer in sight. He turned and limped back to the ship. The memory of that kiss would have to last him forever.

He walked along the wharf and climbed the gangplank. He went to the forecastle to see if Sophie would like to join him for a noonday meal. He stopped at her closed door but the sounds of her sobbing tore at his heart. He’d leave her to mourn alone. Food was probably the last thing she wanted now.

If you want to read more, you can find buy links to The Price of Honor and all my books on my website:

http://www.mhsusannematthews.ca/

And, if you like jigsaw puzzles, here’s one to try. It’s the book cover!

http://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=3819c60ba3cc

Now, please take a few minutes to check out the other teasers. See you next week!

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About mhsusannematthews

Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have sold 24 other manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.
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9 Responses to Mid Week Tease: The Price of Honor

  1. angelicadawson says:

    What a scenario. It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen next. Great tease.

  2. Kai Tyler says:

    I felt her heartbreak. I hope he’s not about to just let her go after that kiss. Great tease.

  3. kaceyhammell says:

    Wait, don’t end it there!!! Sigh. I’m not sure I would have walked away.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. siobhanmuir says:

    Wow, heartrending tease, Susanne. 🙂

  5. Great tease, well done!

  6. very emotional, a great tease 🙂

  7. dorisoconnor says:

    Fabulous tease. I have this sitting on my Kindle, and I really need to find the time to read it 🙂

  8. Awww… this is an emotional tease! 🙂 Loved it.

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