Shakespeare’s Women Speak
Kathryn’s strong will and sharp tongue have branded her a shrew in her small town. Now, not even the generous dowry offered by her wealthy father can tempt any man to court her. But when Sir William rides into town on his magnificent war horse, Kathryn’s world turns upside down.
William is like a burr in Kathryn’s side from the very beginning. Even the way he insists on calling her “Kate” irritates her thoroughly, yet she can’t keep from listening for his voice. Though he claims he is the only man for her, she is certain he only wants her rich dowry. When he proposes marriage, she accepts as a way out of her miserable home.
Freed from her cruel family and judgmental town, Kathryn must decide whether she will continue her battle of wills with the sometimes charming, often maddening Sir William. Will she remain the shrewish Kathryn or find a way to be Will’s Kate?
Forthcoming November 2019: LOVING BEATRICE
Beatrice expected to marry the love of her life, Edmund Benedict, before he went off to join Henry Tudor’s rebels. His scruples, however, would not allow it, for he was a landless bastard and she was an heiress, so he did not ask for her hand. They parted with rancor, and Beatrice, broken-hearted, swore she’d never marry.
Two years later, Benedict has returned, newly knighted and made wealthy by the victorious King Henry VII. Beatrice is determined to pretend he never meant anything to her, and Benedict seems happy to do the same. As they are companions to the king and his consort, they can’t just ignore each other, and since friendship seems impossible, they trade insults with an intensity as deep as their love once was. And all the while, despite intense social pressure, they both refuse to consider marriage. To anyone.
One day, Beatrice notices that Benedict’s behavior has taken an odd turn: he’s no longer combative but kind. On the heels of this, Beatrice overhears her favorite cousin, Grace, say that Benedict loves her. Suddenly, she doubts everything that has happened — and everything she has felt — since his return. But just as she and Benedict are finally learning to love once more, Grace is wrongfully accused of infidelity by her fiancé, and Beatrice will risk her own future with Benedict to uncover the truth.