She’s the One Who Cares Too Much

(Book Two of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)

by S. R. Cronin


GENRE: Historical Fantasy



Coral, the second of seven sisters, has been hiding her affair with the perfect man until her older sister can get her life together. But the perfect man is getting impatient and now she’s gotten pregnant. Coral decides it’s time to consider her own happiness.

But what does she want? The perfect husband turns out to be less than ideal. She adores the small children she teaches but the idea of being a mother fills her with joy. Meanwhile, her homeland is gripped by fear of a Mongol invasion and she can’t stop crying about everything now that she’s with child.

Then a friend suggests the ever-caring Coral possesses a power well beyond what she or anyone else imagines. Does she? And why is the idea so appealing?

When Coral’s big sister loses faith in the army and decides to craft a way to use magic to save Ilari from the Mongols, she decides Coral’s formidable talent is what the realm needs. Can Coral raise a baby, placate an absent military husband who thinks he’s stopping the invasion, and help her sister save her homeland?



Back at school, I felt nauseous and out of sorts. Davor’s visit to the farm had driven home the fact that he was marrying me under duress. I stewed over the reasons why.

We’d been so in love. Had he really decided I wasn’t fit to be a Svadlu’s wife? If so, I knew I could show him otherwise. In time, he’d realize what a fine choice I’d been.

But what if he’d fallen out of love with me? I’d tried his patience with my reticence. Yet, I’d noticed people usually didn’t fall out of love until they became attracted to someone else. So, was there a second soft and sweet woman who’d taken my place in his heart?

The idea made me wince. If she existed, she couldn’t have him. I wanted my child to have a father and the life Davor could provide. For the sake of my baby, I’d do my best to win in the tug of war for Davor’s heart.

“You doing okay?” Sakina walked over to me as we both watched the kids play. Everyone said she and I had the toughest jobs at the school, me because I dealt with the scared little ones and her because she dealt with those who’d almost outgrown the school. I suppose our shared challenges were part of why we’d become friends.

“You look worried today. Problems in your classroom?”

“No. Thanks for asking, though.”

She stood, waiting for more information. I relented; I probably should have told her already.

“Look, I’ve been keeping it secret for a lot a reasons, but I want you to be the first to know. I’m pregnant and I’ll be married by autumn. I’ll be leaving my position soon.”

She seemed sad at the idea of my leaving, but she said the right thing.

“That’s wonderful, Coral. Congratulations. It’s got to be that guy you’ve been sneaking off with, huh? You look so in love with him.”

I had to laugh. “How many people know about him?”

“Pretty much everyone.” She laughed too. “I’ll miss you, but I wish you every happiness. You deserve it.”

I thanked her. I thought I deserved every happiness too, even if it looked like I wasn’t going to get it.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels.  She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is.

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.

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