A snippet from Marry In Scarlet
Lady George, discussing sidesaddles with Kirk, her dour Scottish groom:
“Have you ever ridden with a sidesaddle, Kirk?”
He didn’t bother answering, just gave her an expressive look.
“No, of course not. And why is that? For all that men tell us that sidesaddles are soooo much better for ladies and are as safe as houses, you won’t get a man on one—and why? Because they’re silly, that’s why. And it takes more skill to ride with them, not less, because with a sidesaddle you only have the reins and your crop and your balance, whereas astride you can control your mount with your thighs as well—”
“Lady Georgiana!” Kirk said in a pained voice.
George hid a grin. She’d forgotten; ladies didn’t have thighs, or if they did they weren’t to be mentioned.
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Marry In Scarlet comes out on May 26th. You can preorder it on Amazon, from one of these sites. or from the Book Depository which sends books all over the world for free postage
Have you ever ridden sidesaddle? I have. It’s a ridiculous method and a testament to how skilled most women actually were at riding. It’s a wonder more didn’t die.
Theo, I’ve never ridden side-saddle, but several of my heroines have commented on it, saying that if it was such an all-fired fabulous way to ride (my expression, not theirs) why didn’t more men ride side-saddle? It takes great skill, I know. Some years ago, when I was writing a heroine who was a horse-riding daredevil, I had a long email exchange with a lady who was a skilled side-saddle equestrienne — I needed to know whether my heroine could do what I wanted her to do. (She could.) It was a fascinating exchange and I really wish I still… Read more »
So much looking forward to this!
Thanks, Kathleen. I have a book called “flyaway” on preorder. Can’t wait to read it.