Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vintage Teaser Tuesday: To Have and to Hold

     “I had not met with much true love or courtesy or compassion in my life. When I saw the danger in which he stood because of me, I told him he might free himself from that coil, might swear to what they pleased, whistle me off, save himself, and I would say no word of blame. There was wine upon the table, and he filled a cup and brought it to me, and we drank of it together. We drank of the same cup then, your Honor, and we will drink of it still. We two were wedded, and the world strove to part us. Which of you here, in such quarrel, would not withstand the world?"

Virginia Company, Jamestown, 1621. The once struggling colony is now thriving, and the arrival of a ship full of potential brides has all the single men rushing to put on their best and meet the ladies in hopes of finding wives. Captain Ralph Percy, hardened soldier, gentleman farmer, and avowed bachelor, watches from the sidelines, marveling as his comrades make fools of themselves over the women. He has no need of a wife and can’t understand the sense in asking a perfect stranger to marry him . . . until he catches sight of Jocelyn Leigh.

Struck by her uncommon beauty, quiet grace, and regal bearing, he wonders why a woman such as she would need to brave the sea voyage and the wilds of the new world to find a husband. And then he finds himself doing the unthinkable, asking for her hand in marriage before another man can snatch her up! But he was right to suspect that Jocelyn was not as she seemed, and he soon discovers that his new wife fled England in a desperate attempt to escape an arranged marriage. Ralph vows to protect her, not knowing how soon he will be called upon to do so, or how dangerous it will be to him.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two "teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists!

Got a teaser? Please leave a link so I can visit!


  1. This does sound like a good story. My fear would be that the writing style would be too old-fashioned for me. I am not really fond of classics. I hope you are enjoying it though. Happy reading!

  2. OMG! I have to read this book. I noticed that you also have up, on you underpics, When A Man Marries, which is waiting on my Kindle for me to read. Love your teaser! Thanks for sharing, Jenny! - Moíra ♣

  3. Sounds like a nice historical romance. I think I'd like this one.

  4. Oh, that sounds like it has great potential! I may have to try it! :) The writing style is definitely a bit different than I'm used to.

  5. Great teaser. This book sounds great. Thanks for sharing. My teaser is here.

  6. Sounds full of intrigue and peril -- my kind of book! Thanks for sharing, Jenny! My teaser

  7. Sounds like a really good story. I love the cover too. Enjoy!

  8. I'm always excited to see excellent vintage stories make a come-back. I saw your discussions at Goodreads about it and had to have my own kindle copy! Thanks for the spotlight. :)

  9. I need to take a closer look at these books as they do sound good!

  10. This book looks good! The cover is really cute :)


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