To Laugh Once More Snippet:
I’m not desperate, Hamilton. I simply would like to spend time with you away from here—away from the constant interruptions of family. Doing little more than wifely duties suffers in comparison to a trip to Georgia.” She stared into the fire, her hope turning to ash.
“I see. There’ll be other times to go away though. Winter isn’t a good time to take a woman on a trip. You’ll be much happier here.” He removed his shirt, stepped out of his pants, and walked over to his side of the bed. “I’m going to bed. Are you ready?”
“No, I need to clean up a few things in the kitchen and then I’ll come.” Lydia stood.
“See you in a bit then.” Hamilton walked to her side, leaned over and pressed his lips onto her forehead. “Wake me when you come to bed. I’d love to spend some time together before I leave.” He ran his thumb across the nape of her neck, impressing his meaning into her skin.
Did she have to show Hamilton affection on this night? Why didn’t he want her for more than that? She tried to find satisfaction with just being a wife, but she wasn’t. She needed more. Why wasn’t she content with the life God had given her—with the man she’d chosen?
Lydia’s heart stirred with verses she’d found not long after her marriage to Hamilton—Psalm 30:11-12. The words flooded her memory like the ocean tide on the sandy beaches of Shell Island on a summer morning.
“Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; to the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever.”
Her chest trembled. Tonight she would honor God and bless her husband.
To Laugh Once More is a Victorian Inspirational Romance set in Georgia in 1895.
The War may be over but the battles still rage.
A dissatisfied wife. A misunderstood husband. Three tragedies will alter their path forever. Will their choices tear them apart, or will they allow them To Laugh Once More?
Three years after her marriage to Hamilton, former debutante Lydia Barrington Scarbrough is dissatisfied with life. She has yet to have children, and she spends most of her days sitting in a circle of women chatting about homemaking. She thought life would be more than what it’s turned out to be. Hamilton travels on business and never takes her with him. What’s a lonely wife to do when she has no children to raise? She longs for adventure and romance, and really, she longs for the fulfillment of her purpose in life. A purpose beyond being a wife and raising children.
Lydia faces a series of hardships that stretch her faith beyond capacity. Leaving her childhood home in Florida for Georgia proves to be more difficult than she ever imagined, and her marriage may not survive the trials. Lydia’s own personal battles drive a wedge between them. What will it take to make Hamilton attempt to save their marriage and draw Lydia back to him?
As Lydia strives to etch out a place for herself in a new world full of unfamiliar prejudice and attempts to overcome her private battles, she must help Hamilton understand her deepest longings and learn the true meaning of joy. Will she surrender her will in order to find her purpose? Will her future hold a happier marriage, motherhood, and a calling greater than she could ever have imagined?
To Dance Once More Snippet:
Lydia halted her steps when Hamilton Scarbrough approached Nathan from behind and slapped him on the back. He shook hands with Father and pointed to the trees. She shaded her eyes with her left hand and watched Hamilton interact with her brother, his best friend. The hairs stood up on the back of her neck, and she’d forgotten to breathe. She shook her head and made her way to the schoolhouse. She could not allow herself to become distracted by a handsome gentleman.
The whitewashed building resembled a church with its small front porch and high, pitched roof. Around the back was the entrance to Ms. Kathryn’s housing complete with a sitting room, a wood burning stove, a washbasin, and a water pump. A ladder led to a loft, with a feather bed and a desk for studying and grading schoolwork. How exciting it’d be to live away from home and be free to do whatever she wanted to do, like Ms. Kathryn.
Stripped of her future, will she concede or fight?
Debutante Lydia Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. While her sisters happily prepare for their traditional roles as women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. She counts the days until she can leave home to explore the world, to dance with cultured gentlemen, to explore politics and art, to leave behind the confining expectations of her family and community—and her God. Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn’t enough to hold her back…until they dance, and her heart considers love.
Confused by her heart’s betrayal, Lydia struggles to gain her independence. Then she overhears a private conversation about a business deal that has everything to do with her future. Now she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life—to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice…and, perhaps, countless rewards. In an attempt to escape her imminent destiny, Lydia scrambles to find a solution—at all costs. Amidst the trials that follow, as Lydia runs out of time, she learns the meaning of sacrifice, forgiveness, hope and faith.
Will she ever experience the freedom she’s so longed for, or will her desires change in light of her circumstances? Will she ever be able TO DANCE ONCE MORE?
Romance. Scandal. Desperation. Hope.
Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, a speaker, and a former homeschooling mom who’d rather have laugh lines under her eyes than worry lines across her forehead. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her two children and her Chihuahua, Posey. Her favorite thing to do when she’s not with her family is to curl up with a good book or work on her current work-in-progress. She loves to dream of visiting romantic places and is passionate about the Lord, motherhood, homeschooling, and writing. Sherri is the author of To Dance Once More, Song of the Meadowlark, and To Laugh Once More. She is a columnist with Habits for a Happy Home and Choose NOW Ministries.
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