Monday, 6 August 2018

The Scarlet Wedding: A #Christian #Fiction #Novel by Lorana Hoopes

Lorana Hoopes is a teacher originally from Texas who now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When not writing, she can be seen kickboxing at her gym, acting on stage, or singing at her church.

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Will there be a happily ever after?


William wanted nothing more than to marry Emma, but shortly after his proposal, his past comes back to haunt him. Unable to leave men in danger, William mounts up and rides again. Will he be able to fulfill his duty and get back to Emma?

Emma had no doubts when she said yes to William's proposal, but then things began happening to delay the wedding. When her sister gets sick, she wonders if these signs are God's way of telling her she shouldn't marry William.

Will the two find their happily ever after or will events out of their control tear them apart?

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“You’re so lucky” Carrie sighed as the girls got ready for bed that night. “That proposal was so romantic.”

“I’m sure yours will come soon,” Emma said with a smile. “I saw you dancing with Phillip Alder, and he had stars in his eyes.”

“What about me?” Jennie asked.

Emma laughed. “You have a few years yet, Jennie Bean, but there’s a man out there for you as well. You just have to be patient.”

Jennie’s lower lip fell out in an adorable pout. “I want to be older now. I want to be kissed like you were, Emma. It looked so romantic.” She put her little hand on her forehead and fell onto the bed.

“Oh, dear,” Emma said. “We have our work cut out for us with this one.” She slipped her dress off and her nightgown on and climbed into bed beside Jennie. Carrie followed suit and climbed in on the other side of Jennie.

“Have you thought about the wedding yet?” Carrie asked.

“He just proposed tonight,” Emma said as if dismissing the motion. The truth was she had already been thinking about the wedding. She wanted it in the church of course. Carrie would be a bridesmaid and Jennie the flower girl. Emma wondered if William would ask Samuel to be his best man. The two had been spending a lot of time together building William’s homestead, but there was also Jesse Jennings, who William had become close with.

Of course, Emma had also become good friends Kate Jennings. The two were fairly close in age and had begun spending more time together a few months earlier when William had made it clear he was staying and courting Emma. Once or twice a week, they would get together and trade secrets and recipes. They also spoke often of children.

Kate was going to reach that milestone first. She was already with child and nearing her fifth month. Though Emma enjoyed seeing her friend grow, she couldn’t help feeling jealous, and so she hoped William would be okay with a fairly short engagement. She wanted to start a family with him.

“I know he just proposed tonight,” Carrie continued, “but I bet you’ve been thinking about the wedding since the first day he kissed you.”

Emma was glad the light from the lantern was low so her sisters wouldn’t see her blush. She had been thinking about the wedding since that day. Well, not the wedding itself, but the marriage. She had already had one wedding, so even though they were enjoyable and beautiful, that wasn’t her main focus. Her focus was on being a wife and mother. Something she had hoped for with her first marriage, but it had ended so shortly it was almost nonexistent.

As much as Emma loved her family, she wanted to be a wife again, to run her own homestead, cook for her husband, and enjoy quiet times in front of the fire. And, eventually she hoped to fill the house with children, but that was at least a year away.

“Get some sleep,” Emma said in answer. “We can talk more about the wedding tomorrow.”

“Do I get to throw the flowers again?” Jennie asked, her voice heavy with sleep.

“Yes, Jennie Bean, you can throw the flowers. Now, get some sleep.”

Carrie and Jennie obliged and soon were breathing softly beside her, but it was Emma’s own mind that refused to shut down. When it wasn’t reliving the wonderful night and the proposal, it was thinking forward to what had to be done for a wedding. She would need to make the cake, get flowers, and see if she could alter her old wedding dress a little. Emma couldn’t afford a new one, and it would have been a frivolous waste of money anyway.

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