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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, “Happy Bachelor,” and it’s Ben speaking.
“And I will be a happy bachelor ‘til then.”
“Me too.” (Conall)
Then why are we dining with Widow Alcott and her daughters again? I bite my cheek to refrain from speaking this aloud. Becoming a man. Conall always says this when he thinks I am incapable of accomplishing a task due to my size, but I shall show him. I am the best hand ever and being yoked to anyone has never been my priority.
Even so, I wish I was an inch, maybe two, taller.
So ends Chapter One of Striking Balance. Yes, I’ll be sharing Chapter Two beginning next week, but what of Ben? He’s mighty possessive of Conall IMO and might be carrying a chip on his shoulder when it comes to his stature. What do you think?
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