By Jo Beverley
Prudence Youlgrave is out to marry above her station and safe a contented existence. Catesby Burgoyne is out to proceed his noble family's strong identify. whilst destiny pushes them jointly, they're married-but this inconvenient marriage of comfort fast becomes anything a lot more...
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No, more . . ” Perry asked. “Order a meal. ” He had to know. He crossed the wide road between passing coaches. He had money, now. Apart from the earldom’s wealth, he had about twenty guineas about his person, all he’d had left, before. If she was still here, still in difficulties, perhaps she’d accept some of it. The narrow lane looked both better and worse by daylight. Children played under the eyes of women working and gossiping in their open doorways, but daylight revealed the meanness of the houses.
Charming,” Perry said, but perhaps without enthusiasm. Did he, like Cate, think the foreign foliage just a little too bright? While people like his brother imported and pampered gingkoes, good old English oak, necessary for shipbuilding, was in short supply. Unpatriotic. He remembered saying that to Roe when he’d been here last, but now the thought seemed a betrayal. But he didn’t like the unnatural darkness of that damned mournful beech. Cate looked the other way, but that showed him the lake and the willow tree, weeping.
So why the messenger? “Drastic news, I suppose, so it must be Mother. ” He should feel more, but they’d never been close, despite his bearing her family name. Perhaps because he bore the family name. He resented it, and she didn’t think he lived up to the Catesby standards. “You could have directed the messenger here,” Cate pointed out. “I thought to spare a Yorkshire lad becoming lost amid the wilderness of Islington, so I made the sacrifice. Bagnigge Wells,” Perry repeated, and shuddered. It was largely humorous affectation, but Cate felt sure his friend had not previously visited this area.
An Unlikely Countess: A Novel of the Malloren World by Jo Beverley