Book 2 in the Swords & Salt series (2013)
After months of working in his uncle’s mine, Yanko longs to see his family and friends again, especially Arayevo, the woman he has adored from afar since he was a boy. When she travels two days and asks to see him, his mind dances at the possibilities.
But the mines are busy: there’s a political delegate to humor, a maiden in distress to help, and a wedding that must go perfectly—or else. Yanko will be lucky if he finds a chance to talk to Arayevo before she disappears from his life forever.
Three different women keep Yanko occupied with various problems in this second of three novellas set in Nuria. Yanko is still in the mines, but he has a visitor from home. Arayevo was his baby sitter and he’s been in love with her for years. When his father found the poetry he was writing to her – that she never saw – he sent him off to the mines to toughen up.