Arranged Marriages

Was totally acceptable.   Having your parents, grandparents, or sometimes a professional matchmaker, arranging marriages for single men and women was pretty common in the mid 19th century. Even though many cultures around the world still believe in this practice, few in the United States today would ever think of such a thing. However, this…

Now He’s Crying In His Beer

In this series it’s actually whiskey. Very expensive whiskey.  The title of this blog post is just a modern phrase. The men in my book tend to drink whiskey and wine instead of beer. Ale was actually more common at the time, but I’ll leave that discussion for another day. More than one. Yes, there’s…

What Kind Of Ring She Loves

Not the common types! It will take much more than a ring that sits in a jeweler’s window to turn the head of one heroine in particular. She doesn’t care if it’s the most expensive ring in the world. She doesn’t want it. Instead she wishes for a ring that has deeper beauty, deeper meaning….

She Does Not Break Down And Cry

Not  this time.  This time it’s different. She’s said her piece. Made her opinion well known to him. And for once, for the first time ever since she fell in love with him, she does not break down and cry. Maybe it’s just that she’s had enough of the heartbreak. Maybe she’s realized that she’s…

Woman On The Warpath

Look out! Women take a lot of crap. No doubt. It starts in childhood. They take it from other kids, from nagging older siblings, even from their parents. Girls, especially the ones who (at least early on) are shy and sweet, become targets for others who want to tell them what to do and push…

Hand Kissing

Sweet and flattering. Women in 19th century America, and around the world for that matter, never failed to swoon at least a little when a man paid her this honor.  Yes it was both sweet and flattering! Originating in Poland in the 17th century, hand kissing is something that has been given many different meanings….