Books: Tempest in a Teapot and Muffin but Murder
Series: Teapot Collector Mysteries (as Amanda Cooper) and Merry Muffin Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Publication Dates: Tempest in a Teapot - June 3rd / Muffin But Murder - July 1st
Hey, Merry Wynter here. I've been thinking about this a lot lately; sometimes you make friends in the most unexpected ways! Isn't that true?
Here's what made me think of that today; for a very special wedding at Wynter Castle, one of my gifts to the bride is going to be her wedding favors. Weddings can get expensive, and they don't want to spend a lot. The venue is my castle in upstate New York, so that's free, but there are always more expenses than you think there are going to be. I remember my wedding ten years ago... but that's another story, one that ended in tragedy, as some of you know.
Anyway... I was talking to my friend Gogi Grace, and when I asked her what she thought I should do for wedding favors she mentioned unique heart shaped teacups, with tea that was blended specially for the bride and groom. She and some girlfriends had gone on a day trip to a town called Gracious Grove, not too far from here near the Finger Lakes, and came away with the tearoom's own blend of tea, done up in cute packages with the tearoom's name - Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House - on the packaging.
Maybe I could have the same thing done with the bride and groom's names and date of the wedding on it. What a great idea! Anyway, I got the phone number and made a call to the tearoom to find out who their tea source was, and had an interesting conversation with a young woman working there who is also 'Auntie Rose's' granddaughter, Sophie Taylor. After we talked about her tearoom, the tea, and a lot of other things, we discovered that we had both recently been too close to a murder and had to do a little investigating on our own.
We had other things in common, too. We've both most recently lived in New York. And we both have a man in our lives that we just can't figure out. In her case it is an old flame, a teenage love who she hurt many years ago. Now she can't figure out how he feels about her. She's afraid to dig too deep in case he wants nothing more to do with her beyond friendship, tho' her feelings have reawakened.
I explained about the handsome Sheriff Virgil Grace, and my own confusion over whether I was ready for a new love when I still feel like I'm in love with my late husband, Miguel.
"So what are you going to do, Merry?" Sophie asked. "How do you handle it when you're just not sure?"
I wished I had a solid answer for her. "I guess I'm going to go forward with caution. At least in your case you know he once felt deeply for you. With Virgil I just don't know how he feels."
"It's worse, in a way, for me," Sophie said. "We had something special and I hurt him. He might be so far over me there's nothing left."
|Thanks to Karen Owen for the lovely photo!|
"Aren't we a couple of sad sisters," I said, with a laugh. "I think you should just talk to him, acknowledge what you did, explain how young and confused you were, and ask if there's any hope."
"Easy for you to say! I think you should confront Virgil, tell him you know there is something between you, and ask him out for coffee."
"Or tea?" I asked. We both laughed. "And then there is the whole murder investigation thing," I added. "He thinks I'm a bit interfering."
"Sounds like you and I are cut from the same cloth, as my Nana would say," Sophie said. "Let's talk again in a few months and find out what we've done about our love lives. That's barring any more trouble like murders happening."
"That's not likely to happen again," I said. "Autumn Vale is a small town! Yet another murder would just be too big a coincidence."
"Gracious Grove is smallish, too. You're right. It's not going to happen again, so we can get on with business and our love lives."
And that's where we left it. She's going to try to figure out how Jason Murphy feels about her after a dozen years apart, and I've promised I'm going to tackle Virgil Grace... perhaps quite literally. He makes my cheeks get warm and my heart beat faster. I'm nervous, though. I'm not used to making the first move. Any ladies out there who made the first move on the man they loved? How'd it turn out? And gentlemen... did a lady ever tell you outright how she felt? Did you like it?
I'm just not sure how to go about it, and would appreciate any suggestions you may have.
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