From saga novel Holy War by Lynda Williams.
"Grand Duchess Katara," Lee declared in a fit of exasperation, "since you so heartily disapprove of Sam being in service, how is it that you have only now decided to object to her attaching herself to Amel's household, when it happened well over a year ago?"
"I am not much given to chasing after gossip about strangers that people like to dignify by calling news," Katara informed the abbess, and gave her daughter-in-law a withering look. "I depend upon my loved ones to keep me informed of family matters."
While Sam's the soul of conservative Demish protocol at court, back home she's got a bad rep as a maverick. In this excerpt, her big-hearted but timid mom struggles to explain her to Sam's arch-conservative grandmother, the Duchess.