I've posted this elsewhere, but I thought I'd take my chances here too...
I can't decide which story scenario is better. I'm leaning towards one of the following, but I can't make up my mind. If anyone wants to give me an opinion, I would appreciate it.
Evelyn's fiance comes to visit, but he dies during the festival, leaving her without a husband. She is promised to Rene, who is impovrished...but her parents don't find out until after the ceremony.
Evelyn falls in love with Rene but is betrothed to Simon. After discovering that Rene has been having a love affair with a married woman, Evelyn rejects him and turns her attention to her fiance, who turns out to be a bad apple...
I'm leaning towards #2, but I don't know if I like the idea of putting Evelyn in a bad marriage, even though it makes for good drama.