To Dye For [Ring of Fire Series]
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by Mercedes Lackey
Category: Science Fiction/Alternate History
Description: Hippie Tom Stone insists on giving away his pharmaceutical products, but his beloved's father feels firmly that any prospective son-in-law must have an income. So now Tom must find a way to convince Herr Edelmann that he is worthy of Magdalena's hand.
eBook Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust, 2004 Ring of Fire
eBookwise Release Date: November 2007
26 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [33 KB]
Reading time: 17-23 min.
"The characters of Tom Stone and his children, who appear in 1633 ... are first introduced into the series by Mercedes Lackey."-- Eric Flint, Ring of Fire
Tom's throat ached, and his chest felt squeezed with misery. What kind of cruel fate was it for him to find his soulmate four hundred years in the past, only to have her wrenched away from him? And the worst irony of all of this was that up until the moment that Tom had evidenced interest, Magdalena had been the "unwanted" spinster-daughter of her family--a victim of her times. Betrothed three times, all three of her husbands-to-be had met with nasty demises, and after that, a combination of a lack of suitors that met her father's rigorous standards and the reputation for being a romantic jinx kept her on the shelf.
Stupid, that was--she was clever, sweet-natured, attractive, and exceedingly well educated--the fact that she was over thirty shouldn't have mattered. They'd met quite by accident; she'd come along with her father when a group of guildmasters from Jena arrived as a trade delegation and Faramir had volunteered his old man to act as a guide for a small group that included her.
He'd never believed in love at first sight, and this wasn't it. It was, however, the attraction of kindred souls. Love came later. Not much later, but later.
And the irony was that if he'd just listened to her and let her handle her father, they'd be scheduling a wedding right now. She liked the commune, liked the boys, wasn't afraid of hard work, rather admired his public-spirited attitude--irony of ironies, because of his wardrobe, her father had thought he was rich. If he'd just let her handle it....
"I dunno why you got as far as you did with her old man," Ron said callously, helping himself to a tomato--teenage boys took a lot of filling. "I mean, we're trailer-trash compared to the Edelmann family."
"Believe it or not, it was my T-shirts," he sighed. "Dyes like that, only the rich can afford--"