Targeted Age Group: 14+
The first time that Laura met David she noticed that he was wearing a tweed jacket and wool trousers, even though it was over 90 degrees. The second time that Laura met David, he sat on his hands while seated in the back seat of his black Crown Victoria, and recited The Charge of the Light Brigade while his driver, an elderly midget, drove them through a tunnel in Boston. The third time that Laura met David, he complimented her on her book of professional illustrations in his fake British accent. The fourth time that Laura met David, he told her he was on a quest; he was looking for a bride and if she wanted to be his, she could be. He was giving her complete control.
Totally intrigued by this eccentric, Laura agrees to meet David regularly, for tea, lunch and dinner, as friends. At first, she thinks he is polite, charming, funny, tall and somewhat handsome gentleman. She gladly agrees to follow his list of strict rules such as they can only meet in public and they can never be alone together and he will only touch her to offer her his arm. When Laura questions him, David tells her that he has a certain way of doing things because he is “bound by the laws of chivalry both body and soul”. In all of her dating life, Laura has never had so many flowers, had so much poetry read to her and has never felt more beautiful and respected. Laura can’t help but fall in love with him.
Then David’s driver, Merle, encourages her to pay attention to certain details of his life, like his obsession with England, his sword, and his king-sized bed. David’s father, a batty old history professor, has some crazy ideas about key figures in British history — ones that nearly destroyed him professionally. David’s resentful sister, Fay, exaggerates David’s mental health and suggests to Laura that David is violent and can’t be trusted. Laura finally pieces together the puzzle: David believes that he is a descendant of King Arthur, that he owns Excalibur and that he is the rightful king of England. So is he? Or is he a madman? Or are these eccentricities and obsessions worth living with when you can have happily ever after?
Katharine Grubb lives in Massachusetts with her husband and five boisterous children. She writes, homeschools, bakes her own bread, does too much laundry and cheers for the Patriots. Falling For Your Madness is her first book. In 2015, she will be releasing Write A Novel in 10 Minutes A Day and a NA comedy, Soulless Creatures.