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Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow is a queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy set in, you guessed it, Appalachia. This Appalachia, however, is the frontier, and the story takes place during the Revolutionary War era and the time after, meaning the late 18th century. This explains the narrator’s voice. If you’ve read the letters and journals of the period, you’ll recognize it as reflective of those.
This week I’m picking up where I left off in Chapter One. The part in orange comes from last week’s post, “Keeping Watch,” and it’s Ben speaking.
“Mutti was even more so.” Mutti. I place my hand over the locket I wear on a leather cord around my neck. ‘Tis old habit, but the locket keeps her close to my heart, which has brought me peace more times than I can count.
“You’ve proved yourself to me big or small, but I worry whether you’ll ever find yourself a wife.” He leans in to pat my stomach. “We should put some meat on you. Maybe that’ll help.”
Ah, Conall, he’s protective of Ben, isn’t he? Just like an older brother, in fact. I wonder what Ben would think of that observation.
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