Thursday, March 31, 2011
Re-enactors taking over Marshfield
by Grace Wheaton
from Julie Hyzy's Manor House series
in advance of GRACE INTERRUPTED (June)
I can't believe my predecessor, Abe, actually agreed to allow this. In just about two months a flock of Civil War re-enactors will be arriving here at Marshfield Manor to camp out on grounds.
Don't worry, they'll be far away enough from the mansion to stay out of sight of our visitors, and they'll be almost as far away from the hotel on property. Good thing, because we try to maintain an aura of elegance and beauty here at Marshfield, and from what I understand about re-enacting, the experience is not exactly cush.
Poor Abe. He was such a Civil War aficionado and he was looking forward to this event. To be perfectly frank, I'm not. I wish Abe were still here to deal with these folks. They're extremely... shall we say... zealous? about their hobby. Scary to think about all those people without running water for an entire week. Without electricity. With... guns.
Still, it's my job to make them feel welcome, my job to make sure everything goes smoothly for the week they're here.
I've prepared as best I can. I've even granted them exclusive use of the grounds (no visitors) for the first several days they're setting up. Even though I've done everything right, I still feel as though something is going to go wrong.
Have you ever had that nagging feeling? Like you've forgotten something important? And did it turn out that your gut was right?
GRACE INTERRUPTED comes out June 7th. Learn more about Grace and the gang at Marshfield Manor with the first book in the series, Grace Under Pressure. Visit Julie Hyzy's website here.
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