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Released: October 2014
ISBN: 9781311110909
ASIN: B00OBT8WBA
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TEMPTING WILL McGLASHEN
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Price: $4.99

Mathilde Miller wanted to be a good daughter and marry the son of a long-time family friend, Joshua Bowman. But she didn’t want to be the wife of a Pennsylvania farmer. She loved her life, cooking on the Virginia frontier at her family’s ordinary. The minute blacksmith Will McGlashen walks into her kitchen, her restlessness focused on him. Fresh from Scotland, with a voice “like a song” and thick coppery hair, her heart belonged to him. Was it possible for the daughter of a Pennsylvania German to marry a hired man from Scotland? What did she really know about Will McGlashen and his secret past?

Will McGlashen needed to keep his own counsel. A man with a past full of violence and loss in Scotland, he was grateful for this chance to rebuild his life as a blacksmith in Virginia. He’d have to ignore the undeniable pull he felt toward his boss’s eldest daughter. When Joshua Bowman showed up and claimed her, instead of providing resolution for will, it burns like the fire he wields in his blacksmith shop. As events unfold, Will wonders if the signs she’s sending him are all in his head and prays that he has the strength not to find out.

The story is set in the Virginia frontier in 1765, a time when Native Americans still lurked in the hills, bandits and robbers were handed swift justice, and enterprising men and their families attempted to live in and tame the wild western edge of the new colonies. An ordinary offering good food, a bed, and company for travelers along the way was a much welcomed respite. Mathilde and Will's story is woven into the history, adventure, and danger of the time period.

Excerpt
“The prosperity and happiness of a family depend greatly on the order and regularity established in it.” Mary Randolph, The Virginia Housewife

Mathilde could not believe what she was hearing. She dropped the pewter plates into the basin, landing with a metallic thud, as she felt her temper flaring and fought to stop herself from not flinging a plate across the room at her father.

Joshua was coming here—at her father’s request. Joshua Bowman, the son of her father’s best friend in Pennsylvania, would be here this week. She knew that her father wanted them to marry. She wanted no part of it.

“Father,” she said, turning to face him, so glad that the dining room was empty except for their family, as innkeepers they rarely dined alone as a family. She concentrated on keeping her voice even and steady. “I am not interested in marrying Joshua, nor am I interested in moving from this valley. This is my home.”

“Damn you, girl! How can you be so ungrateful? ” Her father, John, said, raising his voice and pounding his fist. “What am I to do with you, then? You need to be married. It’s the natural order of things. There are no decent young men around in this place. It’s time you courted.”

Mathilde felt her face flush. Her tongue felt thick in her mouth and her throat was clutching. “Father, I want to stay here and help with the ordinary. I love to cook and care for you and the children. I don’t want to be a farmer’s wife. I don’t want to move to Pennsylvania.”

“Tillie, your father and I—“ Her mother began, while rubbing her hand over her rounded, pregnant belly.

“Confound it woman,” John said to his wife. Her eyes lowered, but her hand touched his hand gently. He glanced at his wife’s hand. Then softening, he turned his head to Mathilde. “I am not going to force you to marry him. But you must allow him to court you. Give the man a fair chance. He can give you a good life in Pennsylvania. He is to come into a great deal of land. Land, Tillie. He can provide for you.”

Oh how maddening it was to not be heard. She did not want to be a farmer’s wife—no matter how large the farm. She loved cooking at Miller’s Ordinary, loved meeting all the travelers and hearing their stories of far away places. How dreadful to be stuck on a farm in the middle of nowhere, with hardly any contact with others. Couldn’t her father see that?

She looked at her sisters’ faces—all three of them sitting there with their eyes on her and remembered her mother’s chiding her for some previous minor indiscretion. “The girls watch you to see how to behave. You must take care.” Mathilde forced a smile on her face, even though she felt no comfort from her father’s words. Even though he said he would not force her to marry, that is exactly what he was doing. Mathilde’s smile belied her red face, which was a continual burden because she was so fair.

Heidi’s pleading eyes, Emma’s eyebrows lifted just so. Rosa looking so smug. Why did her 17-year-old sister anger her so much? She loved her, of course. They were sisters. Rosa, so much like her mother’s side of the family, was the opposite of Mathilde, both physically and personality-wise. Rosa of the calm, dark eyes, the steady personality, the undeniable beauty and charm—always saying the right things to the right people at the right time. By the time she was 16, she had three proposals of marriage. None of whom their father approved of—and to Rosa, of course, his approval was most important. He always shook his head and said, “Pretty flowers often get picked too early.” Her beauty and goodness, right now, however, acted like a pebble in Mathilde’s boot— a constant irritant.

What the reviewers are saying
Great Americana Historical - Early Virginia
Not only was TEMPTING WILL McGLASHEN a very good story, but the mouth watering meals Mathilde was cooking had my saliva glands working overtime. Which is not to say that this was any kind of cookbook but in my opinion it had a little bit of everything in it, making it a a very tempting morsel of literature. First and foremost I love history, any type and the early days of the Virginia frontier and early America to me are fascinating. Combining this with a sweet and lovely romance coupled with food served during those early days just made it ever so much more appealing . . . Very well written, author Mollie Cox Bryan did a wonderful job of creating a great romance with plenty of issues that needed to be resolved concerning Will’s mysterious background, including a surprise twist that could make the relationship Mathilde and Will were building go careening off track. But then I don’t reveal spoilers. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of TEMPTING WILL MCGLASHEN and I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Very highly recommended. ~ M. Rondeau, Amazon

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Tempting Will McGlashen whisks readers back to 18th century Virginia, to a time when the east was being won long before there was a west to win. Liz expertly weaves a terrific romance with all of the history and well-fleshed characters demanded in traditional historical romances. We're instantly pulled back in time and experience life on the Virginia frontier through the eyes of two amazingly created characters who both give us glimpses into their unique worlds, and who show us how they can co-exist. There is a strong plot here, told with Liz's trademark voice which brings out reader emotions as the story unfolds. Mathilde and Will are the perfect characters for this story. Well-told, Liz! ~ Heart of Fiction

 

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