This post is part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, wherein participants blog throughout the month according to the letters of the alphabet. For more on the challenge, click here.
Note: If anyone wondered, I tagged the blog as having adult content due to a few factors: one, strong language; two, the possibility that excerpts I post may have graphic descriptions of sex or violence and therefore unappealing to some readers. Never fear, though, I’ll be sure to warn y’all if a post of that nature comes up! In the meantime, feel free to read on!
Cheers and happy ABC’ing,
Whether we like it or not, our families shape us. The decisions adults make that affect the children we start as affect the decisions we make once we’ve become adults ourselves. Some people can live in the same house as their family members and not know them at all; others can live hundreds of miles away from those they grew up with and be as close as if they saw each other daily.
In Darcy’s case, family is her touchstone. They keep her centred, what with her brothers and sisters (two of each) keeping her from getting arrogant and her mother and father encouraging her to do her best. Though the novel begins with her moving away from a bad relationship, and though she doesn’t move as close as her family might like, she stays in touch with them regularly. They may frustrate her, but they comfort her in rough times. Like Darcy herself, they are unique, from her quiet, serious brother whose most impulsive moment was his marriage to a woman he met abroad, to her three fabulously eccentric aunts and their brassy bawdiness.
Not all of H(A)UNTED’s central characters are so lucky. Noah McAllister’s family is similar to Darcy’s in some ways, complete with an unwieldy amount of children—Noah is the only boy among four girls—and a quirk that makes your head tilt—his mother has a few “recreational” plants among her garden. Noah’s family, however, has a long-running feud with the Holloway family, dating to 1914 when Eliza Lawson died and Beatrice Crawford, the mother of Grace Holloway née Crawford, was the last to see her alive. Even better, the feud was perpetuated in recent years thanks to one of those McAllister girls venturing into Gage Holloway’s company (ahem) while her marriage was struggling.
The Holloway family, unlike the Quinns or the McAllisters, is small and somewhat splintered. Only Gage, his mother, and his grandmother are left. His grandmother has late-stage Alzheimer’s; his mother has coped with her husband’s death with drunkenness. Her frequent presence at the local bar, where Noah McAllister bartends, hasn’t helped the rift between the families. That said, Gage is no less loyal to his family. If anything, he is ferociously protective and intensely private while Darcy is much more open and Noah’s family business is often known to most of the townsfolk.
What about you? What influence does your family continue to have on you?