June is the month for pearls, roses, and weddings. The pearl is a symbol of innocence and purity, often worn by brides on their wedding day. The rose is a symbol of love, and often found at weddings. But why is June a popular month for weddings? It might have something to do with the Ancient Romans.
Most know that the month of July was named in honor of Julius Caesar and that the month of August was named after his adopted son Augustus Caesar. It is no mere coincidence then, that the month of June- a popular month for weddings- was named in honor of Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage.
The Lemuria Festival, the Ancient Roman Day of the Dead, which took place during the month of May, also had a hand in making June a popular month for weddings. Because it was a time to honor dead ancestors, unions were pushed from May to June, a more auspicious month to be married.
There were other benefits as well. Children conceived during these marriages would not interfere with the harvest time and would be born after the winter. In some cultures, getting married when there was a full or new moon was considered especially fortuitous.
Perhaps my heroine in When We Dance should have taken some of these things into consideration when planning her own wedding.
STEP BY STEP
Miss Artemisia Germayne is used to gossip. She is far from the ton’s version of an ideal beauty. Worse still, she cannot dance. But when she finds herself in the uncomfortable predicament of abandonment on her wedding day, embarrassed and humiliated she retreats to the country.
Nigel Rochefort, second son of the Earl of Monfort, has always taken his good fortune for granted, so when the woman for whom he has a secret tendre is about to marry his friend, the only logical thing to do is break up the wedding. But that scandal is only the start. The bride’s sister has also disappeared, and Nigel must first clear his name to assure Artemisia’s affections. As he gives chase, many truths are yet to be learned. This is no simple country dance or game of seduction but an unstoppable waltz of desire—and true love.
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Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California. From an early age, she took an interest in travel, incorporating those experiences into her writing. When she is not daydreaming of her next travel destination Alanna can be found researching, spending time with family, or going for long walks. Alanna Lucas is a member of the Romance Writers of America, East Valley Authors, The Beau Monde, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.