Loving Beatrice is coming your way in November. This second novel in my series Shakespeare’s Women Speak features Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing.
“Should I examine myself, change my ways, silence my tongue? Should I do as the princess demands, as my uncle desires, and make myself into a good and proper wife?”
Here’s a teaser of what you can expect from Loving Beatrice:
Spurned by first love Benedict, heartbroken Beatrice swears off men and marriage. She will have to defend her vow mightily, though, because her wealthy and titled family is certain that this is just the witty Beatrice being contrary.
Two years later, Benedict swans back into her life as one of the men serving as escort to the king and his betrothed. Now wealthy and titled himself, he is renowned for his prowess on the battlefield and in the bedroom. Beatrice is determined to hold herself aloof from his charms, however, and hold to her vow.
The princess, seeking companions, makes it clear to Beatrice that if she remains unmarried, she will not be admitted into the glittering royal circle. Beatrice’s hopes of a life at court are shaken. She does not want to remain at home, nursing the old folks in their infirmity, but having taken a stand against marriage, how can she yield? And to whom would she surrender? Not to just any man, surely. And as she and Benedict wield words like fencing foils, can they drop their defenses long enough to realize they love each other still?