A doctor practicing medicine without a license
A cook with a powerful fear of rawness
A town full of men, all with a belly ache and none of ’em can stay away from the pretty lady running the diner in a cloud of black smoke
A few unexplained ‘accidents’ that might be attempted murder
True Love complete with mayhem, gunfire and laughter.
Coming in September.
Here’s the thing about the west.
Women were rare. I honestly think that for most men who were in any position to marry, if they could find a woman, they married her. There just were no single women in the west. Even women who worked ‘above stairs’ in saloons often married. Any woman could count on almost instant proposals upon appearing in a western town.
And, for the most part, women were treated decently. A woman was a rare and precious thing. The most evil villain wouldn’t harm a woman.
So, in my books, the women meet the men and get married really fast. I mean like days, sometimes weeks. But by no means is there a year long courtship. And it’s not because I write romance novels and these things happen fast in romance novels.
It’s because that’s how things were.
And in true life, it wasn’t all about romance either, or even about … sex. A man and woman really needed each other. It took two people, working hard to make a home. A man working hard from can see to can’t see outside. A woman doing exactly the same inside. Making a meal was often hours of hard work. You had to dig vegetables. Mix up bread and let it raise. Roll out pie crust. You want milk? Go milk a cow. You want meat? Go kill a chicken. And I haven’t even talked about washing clothes or sewing clothes or planting a garden or caring for children.
So a man living in the west either worked for a rancher who had a bunkhouse … with a cook. Or he ate in a diner in town. Or he had to cook his own food somehow. And that took a lot of time.
Never has marriage been more of a necessity and more of an equal partnership.
Not really much romance about it, but I suspect the bond was incredibly true and deep. They needed each other and they knew it.
See a woman
She said yes
They get married immediately
He goes back to work
She starts cooking and setting his house to rights.
That ain’t a romance novel folks.
So I have to cause trouble.
Which is so unkind.
Dare and Glynna in Fired Up are so obviously perfect for each other they should have married the day after Dare shot her worthless husband at the end of Swept Away. (okay, awkward way to open a woman up to romance, but still, her first husband was a lout, she wasn’t shedding any tears…except maybe of gratitude)
But Glynna’s son hates Dare and might be trying to kill him…the boy has threatened it often enough.
And Dare doesn’t know much about doctoring. He learned to be a doctor in Andersonville prison. His main skills are amputation and throwing a blanket over the head of a dead man.
So Glynna’s a successful businesswoman while Dare’s pretty poor. Not a very good situation for a romance.
But that doesn’t mean we can stop the course of true love. It just isn’t going to be smooth.
Especially if one of these murder attempts is successful. Dare really doesn’t know why people keep trying to kill him, he tries to be a good guy.
So today why don’t we talk about modern conveniences and how things have changed in the partnership of marriage. I blame electricity for women becoming second class citizens. It’s all Edison’s fault. Electricity made running a household so much easier that women had time on their hands, and yet, there they were still at home. After centuries of backbreaking hard work to care for her family, they could just pull a chicken out of the freezer instead of catching on in the yard. Buy a loaf of bread instead of baking one. Switch on a light instead of trimming wicks and filling kerosene lanterns or making candles. Toss the clothes in the washer instead of stoking the kitchen stove … in August … to heat up water … to wash clothes.
But who wants to go back to that? So women’s work became much less respected because it became much EASIER. You think that’s right? Any thoughts?
Trouble in Texas Book #2