Saturday, June 22, 2024

Saturday Snippet: Not my money to control?


 
Today's snippet is taken from

Jocelyn's Wedding Dilemma

by Zina Abbott

The Matchmaker and the Mother-in-Law series

 

          “It will be long enough for us to catch up on all the family news, Mama. Plus, I do have some family business to see to.”

          “Yes. Jocelyn’s trust.” Esther nodded as she poured her tea and added a spoonful of sugar. “That is exactly what I was speaking about when I objected to the control of her trust not being in the hands of our family attorney. We need those funds turned over to us so I can get a bank account set up in her name on which I can sign…”

          Jocelyn turned to face Jonathan, willing him to read in her gaze the message she dared not vocalize. No!

          “…so we can see to a few business matters.” Sitting with her back and neck erect and wearing a smile, she raised her cup to her lips.

          “No, Mama. There will be no bank account with you as a signer, not with Jocelyn’s trust money. It is not your money to control. Thanks to you, Jocelyn is a capable woman, able to manage finances on her own. She does not need either you or me to take care of her bank account.” Jonathan shook his head. “It is Jocelyn’s money, for her do with as she sees—”

          “Not my money to control?” Esther blinked as she gasped. “I know it’s not my money, Jonathan. Surely, you understand, as Jocelyn’s mother, I only want what is best for her. I know what is best for her.”

          “I believe you want what is best for your children, Mama. I do not accept that you always know what is best—” Assuming an appeasing smile, Jonathan shook his head.

          “Of course, I know what is best. I’m your mother!” Esther straightened her back and sat forward.

          “And you did a wonderful job of guiding us when we were young children.” Jonathan acknowledged with a dip of his chin. “However, if it does not sound too much like boasting, I believe I have inherited my intelligence from both you and—”

          “Certainly, you have inherited my intelligence. Still—” Esther turned her head aside and lifted her chin.

          “Mama, hush! Please allow me to finish speaking.” Clapping both hands on his knees, Jonathan bent forward. The muscles in his face tight, he fixed his unblinking gaze upon her.

          A moment of silence followed.

          Esther blinked. “You sound just like your father.”

          “Thank you, Mama. I consider that a compliment.” Jonathan cleared his throat as he relaxed his torso against the back of his chair. “Now, as I was saying, Jocelyn has inherited the same intelligence from both Papa and you, too. She does not need you to make all her decisions, nor should she continue to allow you to do so.”

 

 

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Saturday Snippet: I should have gone


Today's snippet is taken from

Lucy

by Zina Abbott

Prairie Roses Collection

 


          “I should have gone.” Lucy hung her head and studied the ground on which she stepped. If I had gone, too, I could have taken care of Noah and Isaac for Papa. As much as she had not cared for her stepmother, Lucy had always loved her little half-brothers. When her father gathered his new wife and two sons and left Kansas, she had grieved their loss as much as she missed her papa.

          “We cannot worry about what might have been, Lucy. Your father only knew that, along with everyone who raced to California in search of gold, word had filtered back that there was plenty of good farmland there, too. That was what he was after. However, with so many gold-seekers, and considering how greed brings out the worst in people, I feared it might be more dangerous than staying in Kansas. You did not wish to go. I worried that if you left, not only would your life and virtue be in danger, but you could not achieve your dream of gaining enough education to teach school.”

          “That is true, Aunt Caroline. However, once Papa worked for that freighter in Genoa long enough to recover from his ordeal, and then followed the man’s advice to help his now-wife with her farm, things have worked out well for him. At least, that’s what he says in his letters. There are several children where he lives now in California—five from his own household.” Besides Noah and Isaac, Lucy’s thoughts turned to her step-sister, Susan, and her step-brother, Tim, she knew only through her papa’s letters. I have a half-sister, Alice, I’ve never met. “They would benefit from attending a school close by. If I had gone—”

          “It does no good to fret over what could have been in life, Lucy. The decision was made. We must accept it and move forward.




 

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  Jocelyn's Wedding Dilemma, the second book in the series, The Matchmaker and the Mother-in-Law, is now available as an ebook, 
is now for sale as an ebook and at no additional cost with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. It is also available for sale as a paperback.
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This fun series started in February and will continue through September:
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If you love wagon train romances, then you will want to read all of the books in the Prairie Roses Collection,
especially those for 2024, which are found on the second page of the Amazon series page.
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