But how did one plan a private ball? After all, it was an invitation-only event, unlike the public balls as hotels and resorts. The hostess would carefully choose her guests, send out invitations, and most would reply yes. An impeccable menu was planned, an orchestra hired, and everything made ready for the special social event.
A Waltz Ball was a bit shorter, from about nine in the evening until two or three the next morning. There would always be an orchestra, often with just four instruments—the piano, violin, violincello or harp, and a cornet. The Viennese Waltz was a favorite, and so were group and couple dances such as The Grand March, The March in File, and The Star. This was the kind of ball the Emerys hosted.
But even today, ballroom dancing is not only an international competition but also a fun pastime for many who love its elegance and beauty. In Peyton’s Promise, details of the Emery’s private ball will bring this all to light.
Peyton Quinn is tasked with preparing the grand Calumet Castle ballroom for a spectacular two-hundred-guest summer gala. As she works in a male-dominated position of upholsterer and fights for women’s equality, she’s persecuted for her unorthodox ways. But when her pyrotechnics-engineer father is seriously hurt, she takes over the plans for the fireworks display despite being socially ostracized.
Patrick Taylor, Calumet’s carpenter and Peyton’s childhood chum, hopes to win her heart, but her unconventional undertakings cause a rift. Peyton has to ignore the prejudices and persevere or she could lose her job, forfeit Patrick’s love and respect, and forever become the talk of local gossips.
Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than twenty-five times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. She has nine in her fiction line including Peyton’s Promise. Find out more at www.SusanGMathis.com.