To Laugh Once More
The War may be over but the battles still rage.
A dissatisfied wife. A misunderstood husband. Three tragedies will alter their path forever. Will their choices tear them apart, or will they allow them To Laugh Once More?
Three years after her marriage to Hamilton, former debutante Lydia Barrington Scarbrough is dissatisfied with life. She has yet to have children, and she spends most of her days sitting in a circle of women chatting about homemaking. She thought life would be more than what it's turned out to be. Hamilton travels on business and never takes her with him. What's a lonely wife to do when she has no children to raise? She longs for adventure and romance, and really, she longs for the fulfillment of her purpose in life. A purpose beyond being a wife and raising children.
Lydia faces a series of hardships that stretch her faith beyond capacity. Leaving her childhood home in Florida for Georgia proves to be more difficult than she ever imagined, and her marriage may not survive the trials. Lydia’s own personal battles drive a wedge between them. What will it take to make Hamilton attempt to save their marriage and draw Lydia back to him?
As Lydia strives to etch out a place for herself in a new world full of unfamiliar prejudice and attempts to overcome her private battles, she must help Hamilton understand her deepest longings and learn the true meaning of joy. Will she surrender her will in order to find her purpose? Will her future hold a happier marriage, motherhood, and a calling greater than she could ever have imagined?
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She brushed her hair out of her face and carried the pitcher to the coal stove. She poured water into the cast iron stew pot and some into the coffee pot for after dinner. "Well, I prefer to go with you."
"That's out of the question."
She sighed. "Then I prefer to stay here. Your father and mother will watch after me, although I don't need watching after." She opened the top drawer in the spice box and took out a pinch of salt. She tossed it in the pot and wiped her hand on her skirt.
"You'll be more comfortable with your parents."
She lifted her gaze to the ceiling. "I'll be more comfortable here. When I go home, they treat me like a child. Why can I not go with you?" She glanced at him out of the corner of her eye and prayed he'd feel her desperation.
Hamilton looked up and smiled. "The travel would be too harsh on you, my sweet. It's cold in Georgia this time of year, and I fear you'd be dreadfully miserable."
She raised her eyebrows. "On the contrary, Hamilton. I'll be dreadfully miserable home alone without you." She cast a faint smile in his direction and stirred the contents of the pot with fury.
"That's why I want you to stay with your parents. So you won't be alone."
"Do you not want me to come with you? This month is our third anniversary, and it'd be so nice to get away together." She tasted her concoction and opened the spice box once again to retrieve the black pepper.
"I know. However, it's not a matter of whether I'd like you to be there with me. Of course, I'll miss you, but I'll be about my business. This won't be a trip of leisure." He rubbed the back of his neck.
The ticking of the New Haven clock on the shelf failed to match the beating of Lydia's heart. "Couldn't we take a day or so to explore Georgia?"
"No, not this time. Maybe next time."
She nodded and allowed her shoulders to slump. "Next time." It's always next time.
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