Happy to see this great series going!
She’s the One Who Cares Too Much (Book Two of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters) by S. R. Cronin released in February in the Historical Fantasy genre.
Coral, the second of seven sisters, has been hiding her affair with the perfect man until her older sister can get her life together. But the perfect man is getting impatient and now she’s gotten pregnant. Coral decides it’s time to consider her own happiness.
But what does she want? The perfect husband turns out to be less than ideal. She adores the small children she teaches but the idea of being a mother fills her with joy. Meanwhile, her homeland is gripped by fear of a Mongol invasion and she can’t stop crying about everything now that she’s with child.
Then a friend suggests the ever-caring Coral possesses a power well beyond what she or anyone else imagines. Does she? And why is the idea so appealing?
When Coral’s big sister loses faith in the army and decides to craft a way to use magic to save Ilari from the Mongols, she decides Coral’s formidable talent is what the realm needs. Can Coral raise a baby, placate an absent military husband who thinks he’s stopping the invasion, and help her sister save her homeland?
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We both knew an unmarried woman like me was expected to enjoy the company of men on the eight holidays of the year, as she sought a suitable husband. However, society considered it inappropriate to bed a stranger at other times. Lovers, of course, were permitted freedom as they got to know each other and planned to wed. Yet that hardly described my situation with this man.
I could avoid disapproval by bidding my fellow teachers farewell for the night, disappearing awhile, then visiting this Mozdol’s tent in secret. I could tell my family I’d stayed at the school. No one would be the wiser.
I had an excuse. I’d been cheated out of my fun at on the previous holiday, less than two anks ago. My parents had generously sent three of us off to the great castle for a fabulous ball celebrating Kolada, the start of the year and our most festive celebration. Saddled with seven unmarried daughters, I knew they hoped at least one of us would find a mate that night.
Ryalgar, our oldest, had outdone herself, catching the eye of none other than a prince from Pilk, the richest nichna in Ilari. I watched them together as they danced, and I liked him. He had kind eyes and he seemed to care for her, and she for him. She could have done far worse.
I hadn’t fared nearly as well. A bumpkin from Gruen latched on to me early in the evening and would not leave me alone. His breath stank of barley and his conversation was pitiful, yet his unwavering presence deterred all others. In the past, I’d enjoyed the pleasures permitted on holidays as much as any of my sisters, if not more, and I’d looked forward to the joys of the night. But no amount of wine made this young man appealing enough, so before the evening ended I sent him away, leaving us both annoyed and unsatisfied.
I figured I was entitled to a second chance. I’d consider a night with this Mozdol to be my own personal Kolada celebration. Surely the Goddess would understand.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.
She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels. She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.
All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.
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Author Blog: https://sherriecronin.xyz/
Book Series Blog: https://troublesome7sisters.xyz/
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