sunday spotlight


Today I’m shining the spotlight on Courted by Understanding, the latest installment Bree Cariad’s In Hyacinth series. I’ve said before that this series is one of my favorites. I love the old-fashioned romance and true DD/HOH structure that they embrace. It’s very different than the very sexual nature of many stories on the market today. That’s not to say either way is right or wrong, just that I enjoyed the refreshing change.

Dora, in Courted by Understanding, is a particular favorite of mine. I enjoyed watching her emergence as she learned about herself and how to value and embrace she truly was. Moreover, I loved Gaelic for accepting her and loving her. If you’re a fan of sweet love stories and haven’t checked this one out. You really should.



Dora Lexington is cute, round, and utterly practical. She has watched her best friends find their husbands, knowing full-well it will never happen to her. Or so she thinks until meeting Xander’s cousin Gaelic Covington. At first she doesn’t see how such a handsome, successful man can be attracted to her. But attracted he is. In fact, he has been head over heels in love with her for years.

As they come to know one another, they discover each other’s secrets and she finds out that in the heart of the strong man is a boy who is just as worried at being rejected as she is. Falling in love with him is simple; even simpler to submit to his lead. However, when Dora discovers something about herself that she finds shocking, she tries to run. Now it’s up to Gaelic to convince her that nothing will make him leave, not even that.

About the series “In Hyacinth” by Bree Cariad:

Hyacinth, Washington is all about old-fashioned values. In Hyacinth words like trust, honor, and kindness aren’t just buzzwords. Hyacinth is a community built on tradition and trust, where men are the head of the home and women are encouraged to follow their lead.

Each story in the series is of a young woman (18-20) and her struggle to figure out who she is in this little town while at the same time going through Hyacinth’s old-fashioned courting system. On their way to meet, get to know, and finally marry their princes, these heroines grow in ways they and their town never expected.



“Aunt Charlotte thought you might like a decent meal.”

At the words, Dora turned to see Gaelic smiling at her, holding a tinfoil-covered plate. “Ooh, what did she send?”

Enough for a small army,” he added dryly, handing the plate over. As she unwrapped the tinfoil and practically drooled at the turkey, dressing, and other holiday foods on the plate, he pulled from his pocket a tiny wrapped package and placed it on the desk.

“At least I’ll have food for the next day,” she remarked, agreeing with him about the amount. It was an overloaded plate. “What’s the package?”

“Open it and see.”

Figuring Cami had sent something, she ripped off the paper to find a small box. Opening the lid, she found a pair of tickets to a nearby ski lift. Confused, she stared at them. Cami knew she didn’t ski.

“Would you like to go skiing with me tomorrow?”

Looking up into his eyes, she realized he was asking her out. “Why me?”

Chuckling, he looked discomfited for a moment. “I like you. You’re funny and cute. I-I thought it would be nice to spend the day together somewhere getting to know one another.”

He was actually asking her out. Her heart leapt even as she knew it wouldn’t work. “This town’s a little strange about the whole dating concept,” she admitted, knowing she would have to turn him down and hating that.

“Alexander, Kathy, and Drake are also coming. Camille wanted to go but with the babies coming soon that was out of the question. You don’t have to look at it as a date. Just a group get-together.”

Oh, how she wanted to say yes, but with Chris gone and the staff cut down, she just couldn’t. “We’re kind of low on staff at the moment. I wish I could, but—”

“I bet Sally would be willing to come in and work your shift,” Tatum said, surprising her both with the offer and the fact she thought he was still across the room. “Let’s give her a call.” Before she could come up with another excuse, he had picked up the phone. Ten minutes later, he put the receiver back down and patted her shoulder. “She was thrilled to have something to do. Said she’d work your whole shift so you don’t have to worry about it.” Without another word, he walked back to the chair he had been sitting in and went back to his book.

“Umm, I guess?” she finally said, feeling slightly off. “I’ve never skied before though.”

Gaelic looked relieved. “That’s okay. Dress warmly and we can spend the morning on the bunny hill. I think Kathy is a relative beginner as well.”

Taking a deep breath, she nodded, actually kind of excited. “Sounds fun. When do we start?”

“We’ll be by to pick you up at seven.”

After he went upstairs and she split her large dinner between two plates, giving one of them to Tatum, she raised an eyebrow. “The town settlers would be wagging their fingers at you.”

The elderly man grinned back at her. “What they don’t know won’t hurt anybody. And it’s about time you had some fun. Go get him, Dora.”

Flushing, she tried to ignore his laughter as she ate.




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Bree enjoys good books with great characters. While she may be an adult, her favorite memories are from her teenage years reading inspirational romance with girls just like her and strong heroes. That’s one of the reasons she’s written In Hyacinth, a series of Courting Romances.


Courting Romance – where contemporary romance meets traditional values.


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