Every bride deserves a lovely gift from her groom, and Merryn Mantel is no exception. You’ve seen her first kiss with her betrothed, Geoffrey de Montfort, and her wedding. In this excerpt, Geoffrey gives his new wife a thoughtful gift that she will wear every day as a reminder of their love.
“Merryn, I have a gift for you.”
Geoffrey pulled something from his pocket but kept it clasped within his hand. Her curiosity grew.
His arms went around her waist. He tugged her to him. He dropped a kiss on the tip of her nose then pressed his lips to her forehead. Merryn felt cherished in that moment.
“I had this made in France.” He brought his right hand around and opened it.
She looked down and saw a brooch resting there. The piece had equal amounts of gold and enamel, but what stood out were the brilliant sapphires.
Merryn raised her eyes to meet his.
“Your eyes are the bluest of blue, my love. When I saw these stones, I knew ‘twas meant for you to wear. Will you do so, each and every day? I know ‘tis but a token of my love for you, but ‘twould make me happy to see it pinned to your cote-hardie.”
She lifted the brooch from his hand and smiled. “Never a day shall pass that I do not wear it. I shall touch it a dozen times a day when we’re apart, knowing we will soon be together.”
Merryn brought the piece to her lips and gave it a solemn kiss. She looked back at her husband. “You spoil me. I have nothing for you.”
Geoffrey slipped a hand inside his clothing and pulled out the gold necklace she’d given him on the day of their betrothal.
“This has rested next to my heart since we parted five years ago. I have never taken it off. I never shall. You have always been next to me as I wore it. ‘Tis the best gift I ever received.
“Till now.” Her new husband rested his hands on her shoulders and gazed into her eyes.
“You are the most beautiful bride that any man has claimed. I shall tell you ever morn how beautiful you are.”
“Even when I am wrinkled and gray?”
He smiled. “Especially then. For that means we will have lived a lifetime together. In love.”
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