By Amanda McCabe
A brand new tremendous Regency. eager to discover London with no her chaperone, girl Emma Watson dons an easy maid's outfit and units out to find the city-and a brand new love.
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Not even for a moment would she be free. Unless… Emma raised her head to stare outside the window. She could no longer hear the voices, but she could imagine them, could imagine the flash of the beckoning lights. There might, just might, be a way it could all be in her grasp, even if it was just for a very short while. “Natasha,” she said, in her most cajoling tone. ” Lord Osborn leaned back against the leather squabs of the carriage, satisfaction and contentment practically flowing from him. ” “The countess’s gown was very beautiful,” Lady Osborn said wistfully.
The name sounded rather familiar to Emma, but she could not exactly recall why. She had met so many new people today, with more to come at tomorrow’s military review. ” “Of course I did, miss! ” Lydia laughed, in patient indulgence of her forgetful niece. Oh, yes. Now Emma remembered—Aunt Lydia had spoken of him in the carriage today. Emma had thought it rather odd. Her aunt never spoke of eligible young men. ” Lydia made one more adjustment to Emma’s attire, twitching her pearl necklace into place, then took her arm to lead her back into the midst of the drawing room.
Emma thought, as she looked through the glass at the crowds on the street below. She rubbed one finger absently along the rich brocade of the drapery and swayed slightly to the faint strains of some lively, distant music. Behind her, in one of the sumptuous drawing rooms of the Pulteney Hotel, the Russian delegation gathered before supper. The Tsar and his sister held court, surrounded by the glitter of the men’s medals and the women’s silken gowns and jewels while Emma, having made her curtsy to them and then been forgotten, drifted over to the window.
A Lady in Disguise by Amanda McCabe