Music Monday: Let It Be Me, High Valley

High Valley. “Let It Be Me (Official Music Video).” YouTube, 09 July 2012.


I don’t think there is much explanation needed to see the link between this song and the excerpt I have chosen this week.  I admit that picking songs and story excerpts is proving to be challenging for this story.  There are a lot of twists and turns, and I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises along the way.  However, we know that this will end in a happily ever after, so why not share the proposal scene from chapter five?

[Hmmmm….A proposal – and not a forced one – so early in the book?  You do realize that it probably means trouble lies ahead, right? So, enjoy this little  bit of sweet and peaceful. I can’t promise next week’s peek will be so pleasant for our characters.]

AN EXCERPT FROM His Inconvenient Choice:

Richard looked at the door for a moment as he gathered his thoughts before he turned to Kitty.  “I am not romantic ─ “

“I know.” Kitty lifted his hand and brushed her lips against his knuckles.  “A simple question is all that is required.”

“But, what about the pretty words that all women wish to hear?”

She shook her head.  “I see your love for me in your eyes and the things you do.  You have chosen me ahead of family and fortune. There is no need to put it in words.”

“I would choose you before I would choose myself.”  He placed a hand that had been made rough from working with his men in the militia and the wood he loved on her cheek.  “I do not have the means just yet to support a family,” he began.

“But you will.” She squeezed his hand tightly.

He smiled and nodded.  “Yes, I will, and when I do, I would very much like to create that family with you.  Will you marry me when I am established?”

A  smile lit her face and eyes as she nodded.  “I would like nothing better.”

“It will not be a life of ease,” he cautioned.  For a moment, he doubted whether he was doing the right thing in asking her to share such a life.  His thumb caressed her cheek. “You deserve so much more.”

“I love you,” she said pressing her cheek more firmly against his hand.  “I will be happy nowhere else save at your side.”

He knew that he felt the same. It was why he was prepared to defy his father.  No matter the money and property he may be losing by choosing her, he knew his life would never be as pleasant with those things as it would be with her at his side.  Still, he could not resist asking, “You are certain?”


“Then, may I ─ “

“Yes.  You must kiss me.”

And he did ─ soft as a butterfly landing on a delicate flower in a garden.  But even though it was a brief, gentle kiss, the emotion that passed to her through it ─ to be thought of as so precious, so treasured ─ melted her to her very core.  She wrapped her arms around his waist and pulled him close so that her head lay on his heart.  And so they stood until a soft knock at the door drew them apart and sent them on to dinner.


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Leenie Brown

Leenie Brown fell in love with Jane Austen's works when she first read Sense and Sensibility followed immediately by Pride and Prejudice in her early teens. As the second of five daughters and an avid reader, she has always loved to see where her imagination takes her and to play with and write about the characters she meets along the way. In 2013, these two loves collided when she stumbled upon the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction. A year later, in 2014, she began writing her own Austen-inspired stories and began publishing them in 2015. Leenie lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her two teenage boys and her very own Mr. Brown (a wonderful mix of all the best of Darcy, Bingley and Edmund with healthy dose of the teasing Mr. Tillney and just a dash of the scolding Mr. Knightley).

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