“I’m almost surprised you’re letting me take her,” Harry said to Cam after handing his wife into the carriage.
“Oh, we voted this morning, and it was a unanimous decision,” his brother-in-law replied in a matter-of-fact tone.
“You voted on my marriage?”
“Yes, we decided you fit in with the family quite well.”
“Oh, God,” Harry said, just as Cam closed the carriage door.
— from Tempt Me at Twilight (Hathaways #3) by Lisa Kleypas
I love a series based around a family, and the Hathaways are especially great, since an unexpected inheritance elevated them to aristocracy. I really like fish out of water stories and this series is full of them finding their way in a new place.
“I see,” she had said darkly, “that what your mother wrote to me is true. Beneath that quiet surface is a stubborn and secretive nature!”
“My mother wrote that?” Sara asked in surprise.
“What she said amounts to the same thing! She wrote that you’re in the habit of doing whatever you wish no matter how eccentric, and that you rarely answer any questions starting with the words ‘where’ and ‘why.’”
Sara grinned at that. “A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do.”
— from Dreaming of You (Gamblers #2) by Lisa Kleypas
That last line! I relate so much. I rarely share details or ask for advice. I’m living the life I want to live. I recommend it.
“Perhaps most women think it is easier to marry than to support themselves,” he said, deliberately provoking her.
“Easier?” she snorted. “I’ve never seen a shred of evidence that spending the rest of one’s days in domestic drudgery is any easier than working at some trade. What women need is more education, more choices, and then they will be able to consider options for themselves other than marriage.”
— from Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas, set in 1836 London.