G is for Gideon

Welcome to a tour of my blogs written for the A-Z challenge.  

Today is April 8th   and the  Gorgeous letter G

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A glimpse at Mr. Gideon Thomas one of my main characters from Nineteen Hundred, the prequel to my WIP, The soul Collector’s Second Chance.

This is Kathryn’s POV on December 31, 1899.

One space at the table remained vacant. Mrs. Hodgson smiled and announced, “Most of us are here. One more is expected, a new resident. Since this is such a monumental occasion, the start of a new century, I thought for this one night we would splurge and celebrate in style.”

As the landlady lifted the spoon to dole out the aromatic soup, cream of leek if Kathryn could believe her nose, a man dashed in, smelling of the cold and rubbing his hands to warm them. Smiling in apology, his eyes acknowledged the group and he lowered himself onto the last empty chair.

“My regrets, work kept me late.”

Mrs. Hodgson nodded in his direction. “Welcome Mr. Thomas. Everyone please meet Mr. Gideon Thomas, who has taken over Mr. Jackson’s room.” The diners bowed their heads in memory of their former neighbor who had died the previous week from pneumonia.

Kathryn peeked under her lids to inspect the gentleman. He seemed younger than the rest of the group, perhaps a few years older than her twenty five. He did not miss her surveillance. He looked back at her, and his deep brown eyes seemed to twinkle with interest. She quickly averted her gaze to concentrate on her clasped hands resting in her lap.  During the meal she couldn’t help but notice how the gas lamps played with the shadows on his face. Depending on the reflection, sometimes his eyes appeared shadowed and hidden, and at other times the light shone on his brown hair, almost giving a halo effect.

A few hours later.

When Mr. Thomas wished Kathryn a Happy New Year, the warmth from her hand in his crept up her arm and spread throughout her body. She felt like a piece of toasted bread; but she did not find the sensation disagreeable.


Nineteen Hundred is an historical. I might try my hand at it again some time. Do you enjoy reading historicals? From which time period?

Gladly looking forward to reading your posts

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9 Responses to G is for Gideon

  1. I enjoy them from pretty much any time period so long as it is not a war piece from a soldier’s POV. I just don;t care for those.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    What a perfect “G” post! Historicals are always fun. My favorites are set in Victorian England or the Civil War era in the U.S.

    BTW, love the “toasted bread” reference! 😀

  3. I would only want to feel like lightly toasted bread, not the overdone/burnt kind. LOL, I do love historical fiction. In fact, last week’s backpacking trip was inspired by my latest novel Muleskinner that takes place in 1844 along the Ohio and Erie Canal.

  4. Lovely peice of writing. I rarely read historicals, but there’s no reason why. The characters are the thing, and it takes all sorts to make a story.
    A – Z Challenge

  5. I’m a big fan of historicals from most any time period. Your writing here is beautifully done, and the reference to the toast is a great one as toast and its level of warmth is something almost everyone can relate to. You’ve captured me now — I need to know more about Gideon and Katherine! 🙂

    Sherrey at Healing by Writing

  6. VR Barkowski says:

    Terrific excerpt. Yes, I enjoy historicals. It’s more the writing and the research that sells a historical, not the period. I want a well-told story and accurate historical detail. I’m reading Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell books right now—excellent!

    ~VR Barkowski

  7. I’m not always a fan of period pieces unless the history is secondary. Ideally I want to fall in love with the characters and be engaged in the story. 🙂

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  9. trevor clower says:

    I am plesed you chose this scene from 1900 s
    As you know l have already bought your 1900 book…
    G would have to be about Gideon …lol…
    As always a brilliant blog girl…xxx

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