I’ve been thinking of the amnesia idea I came up with while writing the last post, and I am intrigued by it. The person with amnesia has to be Mary because she has a lot more vulnerability than Dave does. She would have to adjust to being a wife to a man she can’t remember and would have to learn how to manage a household with three children. I’m thinking this story should take place after Dave and Mary have been married for 9 or 10 years, which would put her in her late 20’s. If the story is in 1883, she’ll be 28; if 1884, then she’ll be 29. In 1883, Dave would be 31 and 1884, he’d be 32. At this point they would have three children: Isaac, Rachel and Adam.
I do have the birthdays of the children listed:
Isaac born August 14, 1875
Rachel born February 7, 1879
Adam born March 28, 1882
Okay. So I just did a check on His Redeeming Bride, and it takes place from 1882 to 1884. Mary cannot be there to defend Neil at the end of the book if she has amnesia in this time period. I know she shows up earlier in the story, so 1883 to 1884 is out. LOL
I’d like the story to come after Shotgun Groom but before His Redeeming Bride. So considering the birth dates of the children, we’ll do 1880. Rachel will be 1 and Isaac will be almost 5 at the start of the book. Now I have to remember when Dave told Isaac he moved the family out of the sod house in Isaac’s Decision. Okay. I just checked, and I gave no specifics on Isaac’s age, but he did have memories of living in a sod house, so I think I’ll have the family move out of the sod house right before this story begins. Isaac would remember some of it if he was 4 and Rachel being a year old would compel Dave to think of a bigger house. So I think the story should start right during the planting season.
This opens up the door to Mary and Dave going to see her family back in Maine during the summer. And this is another reason why she needs to be the one with amnesia. She won’t remember how her family used to call her Plain Mary Peters. I expect this will come as a shock when she discovers how she was treated before she married Dave, and it opens the door to her confronting some of these people and maybe setting them straight…or Dave might have to do it and maybe that will be the moment she falls in love with him all over again. Who knows?
It’s funny how many people who read Eye of the Beholder thought Mary was ugly. I never said she was ugly. I said she was plain. She had a bigger than average nose, frizzy hair, a plump build, a pale complexion, and aqua-colored eyes that seemed to change either green or blue depending on her mood. Now, I couldn’t get an exact picture of how I described her in the book, but I did get awfully close. So I’ll show the picture that is as close to how I imagine her so you can get an idea of what I mean by plain.
This model is thinner and has straight hair, but this is a good approximation of what Mary looks like. Compared to more beautiful women, some men would consider her ugly. Remember that each person has their definition of what beauty and ugly means. But I never thought of Mary as ugly. She just wasn’t one of those women who make you drop everything to look at them, and if she was in school, chances are, the boys wouldn’t think to ask her out.
Dave never thought she was ugly when he first saw her. Neil did. Dave thought she was attractive enough. It was her eyes and smile and her breast size that attracted him the most, but it was her ability to be nice in the middle of being cut down by Neil that sealed the deal for him. One thing that Dave has over his brothers is his ability to make sound judgement on an objective level. Tom and Joel are more likely to let their emotions dictate their decisions, which is why Tom ended up being clumsy around Jessica and Joel resisted April for as long as he did when he was forced to marry her.
As for Richard, I honestly don’t have any thoughts on him, and he has yet to compel me either way. It’s possible I might find something out about him as I write Sally Larson’s book, Her Heart’s Desire. Since he’s closer to her age, there might be an opening for him. I know he supports Sally a little more than her other brothers who tend to view her as a nuisance since she can’t help but stick her nose in other people’s business in her desire to make people feel like a part of the family. Her heart’s in the right place, but she doesn’t know when to back off.
Wow. I didn’t expect to go off on so many tangents. But hey, what do you know? I just did character sketches without realizing it. LOL
I do love the Larsons. They are a lot of fun to write about.
So I see lots of potential for the amnesia angle with Mary Larson and will go ahead and plan on writing the book. I think I’ll start it at 500 words a day when I finish Shotgun Groom. The first draft to Shotgun Groom is estimated to be done around October 12, and I want to publish is early to mid-November. But around October 12, I will start on Dave and Mary’s second book because the plot now has me so intrigued that I have to write it.
I’m calling the book To Have and To Hold.