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A Gift to You

Cover art: Frau am Fenster
by Caspar David Friedrich (public domain).

Dear Readers,

I have said this before, but I’ll say it again. It thrills me to think that I have readers! I am thankful for those of you who have read Charlotte Collins and for those who follow my blog. Many of you have inquired after Maria and have asked what became of her after my novel ended. So as a holiday gift to you, I’ve written a short story that tells exactly what you want to know.

Warning: “Maria’s Romance” has minor spoilers for Charlotte Collins. In case you haven’t read Charlotte Collins, that’s OK. I’ll catch you up.

After a great deal of romantic strife, Maria Lucas finds herself married to Mr. Jonas Card in a desperate attempt to extricate herself and her sister Charlotte from a dire financial situation. Mr. Card, however, truly loves Maria and has vowed to woo her. Alas, she views him only in friendly terms. But when it seems that Mr. Card’s feelings have changed, Maria sets out to discover why. And through a series of unexpected events, Mr. Card succeeds in wooing his wife without saying a word.

I hope you all take some pleasure in this bit-of-fluff short story and that you enjoy some semblance of the Austen experience for a few moments as you read it this holiday season.

My deepest thanks for your readership and, more importantly, your friendship.

Click here to read. Enjoy.

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