Staying chaste until the wedding date is difficult enough for Carmen, but adjusting to marriage is harder than she expected. Communication should go two ways, but she's not doing her share, especially regarding one very private secret she shares with her former boyfriend.
Carmen is ultra conservative and a bit naïve for a woman of 25, but her life is getting ready to change. Until now she has lived in an old house on 80 acres of wild Arkansas country managing a goat dairy. Her fiancé is a wealthy ex-salesman turned into a veterinarian.
To her way of thinking, Carmen had to make a decision between Alex and the children she has always wanted. Alex was engaged once before to someone who left him standing at the altar. They each have concerns about their ability to satisfy the other long term. Each harbors secrets born of fear.
Like all newlyweds, they must learn to communicate effectively. Carmen must let go of one dream before she can embrace another. Letting go isn’t easy, especially when she’s convinced she can have both.
Her “something old” becomes his “something new” when Alex decides that he too wants to wait until after their marriage to consummate their relationship. Carmen and Alex were brought up in different environments – financially and morally – but their love and dedication to each other transcends all obstacles.
Carmen is an only child – a change of life baby brought up by aging and ultra conservative parents who sheltered her from the evils of the modern world. As she grew into an adult, her morals were constantly being challenged. Rather than change her morals, she became withdrawn. When she fell in love with Alex, she had to address his challenges and decide which morals were outdated and which needed to be defended.
Carmen had always dreamed of being a mother. She was obsessed with the idea that a happy marriage had to include children – until Alex came along. Alex couldn’t have children, but he was willing to adopt. Due to a traumatic experience involving adoption when she was young, Carmen is reluctant to adopt and Artificial Insemination is against her moral values. She isn’t convinced that Alex can’t have children, and she isn’t ready to give up the idea that they might eventually have children.
Carmen is socially awkward and Alex is sophisticated. She is concerned about fitting into his world. She avoids telling him about anything she thinks might cause him to disapprove of her. That goes double for anything she shared with Josh, her ex-boyfriend. Josh is married, but not getting along with his wife and he shows up at the most inconvenient times.
Carmen’s perception of the morals her parents instilled is putting a strain on their marriage. She is puzzled and embarrassed by the intensity of her romantic feelings for Alex. She expects them to diminish, but they get stronger. She looks for diversions, but either Alex disapproves or they don’t work. Finally she finds a diversion that works when Alex’s sister has twin babies. That seems to be working well when everything comes to a head. At that point Carmen realizes that she must either make some changes or lose the love of her life.
“Something Old, Something New” is the second book in author Linda Louise Rigsbee’s “Carmen & Alex Series” of clean romance novels.
Conservative, naïve and tenacious; Carmen has made a choice between children and the man she loves. Until she met Alex, her grandest dream was to have children. Alex says he can’t have children, but Carmen isn’t convinced that is true.
Carmen is used to a simple life where an inside toilet is a recent luxury. Alex is wealthy and worldly. Carmen has old fashioned morals that are sometimes difficult for Alex to understand. Carmen is self-conscious about her social shortcomings, but she isn’t sure she wants to change. In some ways she is childlike, wanting Alex to make the decisions and not wanting to tell him things because he might disapprove. She has a lot of growing up to do, but she introduces some thought provoking questions about conflicts in the evolution of morality.
Carmen is shamed by the intensity of her feelings for Alex and finds diversion by helping Alex’s sister with new twin nephews. She thinks she is giving Alex relief until he explodes one evening when she is late coming home. They both must learn to communicate if their young marriage is to survive.
The second book in the “Carmen & Alex Series” clean romance novels, “Something Old, Something New” begins two weeks before the wedding of Carmen and Alex. Like all books by Linda Louise Rigsbee, it is void of profanity and explicit sex scenes. Even the first night after their wedding is addressed without detailed description.
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Something Old, Something New
A Clean Romance Novel
by Linda Louise Rigsbee
Book 2 in The Carmen & Alex Series
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