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A Sensible Match [MultiFormat]
eBook by Teryl Cartwright

eBook Category: Historical Fiction/Romance
eBook Description: Abby's parents want her to marry a man she's never met. But how can Abby marry someone who's secretly insulted her? The only solution is to make sure he doesn't propose. After all, Abby knows the only sensible match is a love match.

eBook Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Fictionwise Release Date: August 2011

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I really enjoyed reading A Sensible Match. When the story ended, I felt as if I knew all the characters, and I was sad to leave them behind. I highly recommend A Sensible Match to anyone who loves a sweet historical romance filled with interesting and very relatable characters. ~The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews Ms. Teryl Cartwright has written a great book which had many twists and turns. It was never boring and never lost my interest. This couple met so many obstacles it was constantly changing the dynamics of the story. Her main couple was so realistic and appealing that it was hard to put the book down. The secondary characters definitely added interest to the book. The cousin of Edwin was an additional kink in the plot of the book. He added significant tension and suspense which kept the storyline moving in a fast-paced direction. The younger sister of Abby proved her polar opposite lifestyle with her sister. This added some comical, as well as poignant, moments to the book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading inspirational romance. It definitely addressed their beliefs in God without being overpowering. It is a good book to lose your problems while reading. - Brenda Talley ~The Romance Studio A Sensible Match is a heart warming historical story with a lesson or two. The most noticeable one is never say anything out loud, that you don't want everyone to hear, as you never know who might accidentally hear you. The second is to make sure that you are not sacrificing your happiness for duty; there is a possibility to have both. I found that I took turns rooting for both Abby and Edwin. I found Ms. Cartwright did a fine job making both characters loveable and aggravating in turn. There is a bit of mystery and intrigue as well in A Sensible Match making it a compelling read. I hope to see more from Ms. Cartwright in this genre in the future. ~Joyfully Reviewed

Chapter One

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"Mr. Alford, your daughter prefers to be an old maid!" Abby's exasperated mother addressed her husband, obviously tired of talking to her daughter.

Mr. Alford sat at the table surrounded by periodicals as if it was his only defense to being surrounded by women. He chose to read as he ate, his wife tolerating the unmannerly habit only if there were no guests.

"I said...Abby...an old maid," repeated Mrs. Alford louder than before to her husband.

Mr. Alford promptly passed Abby the marmalade. He continued to hide behind his papers, oblivious to the tension in the room or, at least in all events, trying to be.

Surely, he couldn't have agreed to this arranged marriage that Mama wanted for me. An arranged marriage seemed so...so humiliating and unfair.

"Papa, you can not want me to marry so suddenly." Abby tried to enlist his aid. She knew her father, as the head of the house, could prevent her mother's grand plans if he so chose. He would not fail his oldest daughter in her hour of persecution, would he?

Her father, now perusing some letters before him, finally answered. "No, indeed, you can't marry suddenly." He looked up at her with a slight twinkle in his eyes. "You will need at least a week or two to pack."

Abby watched her mother abruptly reach for a muffin with caraway seed, a well-known remedy and preventative for hysterics. Ironically, what her mother did not recognize was that she caused far more hysterics herself than they had. Abby decided she might need to eat a great many of those muffins.

Letitia Alford sighed in annoyance. Unwilling to waste her time cajoling her husband, she turned her attack back to her daughter.

"Abigail, your fortune is respectable but it is not so great to stay single. You know yourself to be ill qualified for any work. No Alford would dream of it in any event! You cannot sew well, are too young to teach, and really have no other opportunities before you."

"Letty, you are too harsh," said Mr. Alford.

"She needs to hear the truth," his wife declared.

Mr. Alford shrugged at Abby as if to say he had tried and then went back to reading. Abby would be in this alone.

It was a mild beginning to what promised to be a protracted dispute. Abby knew the signs. Her sister, Constance, could wheedle her mother into a more compliant mood, but Constance had conveniently contracted a mild headache. She slept safely in her room, waited on by their old nurse and unable to come to Abby's aid. Abby would have to face this on her own, unwilling, but unable to see any alternative.

"Has he truly made an offer?" Abby felt taking the offensive would be the best way to handle her mother. She sipped her tea but couldn't eat, too distraught to bother with mundane events such as breakfast. At least she was too sensible to have hysterics. Yet.

"No," Mrs. Alford answered calmly, apparently glad her daughter had tried a more manageable tact. "But what would you say? You know your duty, your chances." She stared at Abby, her eyes narrowing to see the answer.

How everything had changed in less than an hour? The day had started fair enough until her masterful matriarch had burst into Abby's bedchamber before breakfast, waving a letter under her nose.

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