By Jo Beverley
Prudence Youlgrave is out to marry above her station and safe a cheerful lifestyles. Catesby Burgoyne is out to proceed his noble family's stable identify. while destiny pushes them jointly, they're married-but this inconvenient marriage of comfort fast becomes whatever a lot more...
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Cate knew he was referring to the dark beech, with its purple-black leaves—one of Roe’s prize additions. He, too, thought it jarred with the natural foliage, but he couldn’t say that now. “Suitably funereal. Roe has—had—an interest in exotic trees. We’re about to pass some of his more successful imports. ” “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.
Children and dog halted to stare at the stranger, but then Toby came forward, tail wagging. “Looks like ’e knows ye,” Mistress Larn said. “We met once. ” She clearly didn’t understand. ” She chuckled. “That’s the truth, sir. ” “No, on my honor. But Toby has no reason to know that. ” He took out some coins, deliberately choosing two shillings. ” She studied him a moment and then took the coins. “Thank you, sir. ” “No, but if you see Miss Youlgrave, kindly give her my regards. The name’s Burgoyne,” he reminded her.
She sipped the wine. Less sweet than the brew made by Hetty’s mother, less magical than brandy. “There is the matter of a marriage portion,” she said. ” Susan concentrated on her food. ” “Aaron can’t afford it,” Susan said, and put food in her mouth as if something had been settled. “Oh, dear. ” Prudence savored tender cutlets and sweet peas. ” Susan shot her a narrow look. ” “This is my only decent gown, sister. ” Susan quickly hid her shock, but clearly she hadn’t known the amount. Now she was thinking even more intensely.
An Unlikely Countess: A Novel of the Malloren World by Jo Beverley