Please welcome Kimberly Llewellyn to the blog today. Kimberly, who is fittingly known as “The Wedding Writer” has a surprising tidbit to reveal to us today — the Patron Saint of Brides. I didn’t know this. Thanks for enlightening us, Kimberly!
The answer may surprise you.
Once upon a time, many, many centuries ago, three young sisters lived at home. Their father, a merchant, fell on times and they were very poor. Unfortunately, no one would marry these girls for they had no dowries. In order to survive, they faced the reality of turning to the streets and living a life of prostitution. If that happened, then no one would ever marry them!
A wealthy man heard of their terrible predicament and wanted to prevent them from facing this wretched kind of life.
So he filled stockings with gold coins, climbed the roof of their home, and dropped the stockings down the chimney. That way, each sister would have a dowry.
The girls regarded the anonymous gift as a miracle. With dowry in hand, one by one, each young girl found a suitor, became a bride, and lived happily ever after.
Ever since, this generous man had become the patron saint of brides.
This patron saint may not be celebrated during wedding season too often, but he is celebrated annually during the holiday season. Specifically Christmastime. This man is known for his generosity through endless gift-giving and that’s why he’s the patron saint to so many groups, including unmarried girls, children, and the needy.
The patron saint of brides is Saint Nicholas.
Yes, Santa Claus himself.
About Almost a Bride
Award-winning author, Kimberly Llewellyn, introduces a sexy fun story about two people who discover they have a lot more to share between the sheets than they ever bargained for.
Ivy Hammond got dumped at the altar, all because she was too much of a good girl in the bedroom. So when a research study on sex appeal needs participants, she jumps at the chance to learn what it takes to be sexy.
Kip Lockehart owes his foster brother his life. He repays the debt by agreeing to participate in a new sex appeal study. From the first sizzling assignment, Kip is immediately intrigued by the lovely Ivy, who’s innocently curious about what makes a woman sensual. Kip is more than happy to show her. But as each passionate assignment brings them closer, he fears they may break the study’s number one rule?don’t fall in love. But when he can’t stop picturing Ivy as his bride, he sets out to convince her some rules were made to be broken.
About Kimberly Llewellyn
Known as “the Wedding Writer,” Kimberly Llewellyn is the best-selling author of Almost a Bride and Siren Call. Her humorous women’s fiction and romantic comedies have been published by Kensington and Penguin/Putnam. If you’d like to know more about Kimberly, check out her website http://www.kimberlyllewellyn.
If you liked this wedding history trivia, there’s more. In honor of my daughter’s upcoming wedding, in the June Bride Blitz I’ve assembled a month’s worth of authors with wedding and bride related novels — and wedding stories and trivia to share. You can see more by clicking on the More June Bride Blitz on the sidebar to your right. I’m also picking a related item to feature on Amazon, just for fun. You can see those in the widget on the sidebar to the right, too. Don’t forget that I have wedding related books, too (look up in the navigation bar). Oh…and you can see the June Wedding Blitz on Pinterest, too.