By Charlotte Featherstone
Lucy Ashton had some time past given up her quest for real love. within the rarified society of Victorian England, Lucy performs the game—flirting, dancing and dabbling within the newly trendy spiritualism. Even marrying when—and who—she's alleged to. If the stuffy Duke of Sussex can't spark the fervour she craves, he can no less than supply her a kin, a house of her personal, and a spot to belong. but if her well mannered marriage finds a being concerned and sensual guy, Lucy starts to wonder whether she will certainly have it all.
But Lord Sussex isn't the guy the London ton has come to recognize. And Lucy has a few ghosts of her personal, in addition. therefore, whilst a blackmail scheme turns to threats of possibility, the newfound peace of the Sussex marriage is forged upon the rocks. ardour has a cost, Lucy learns. and never all ghosts remain buried.
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But she had not, and it only confirmed what he did not care to think about—that she was not only involved with the Brethren’s enemy, but also that she had an intimate connection with him. “So cold-blooded,” she had murmured as she looked up from her lap and the piece of lace he had placed in her hands. He had made it clear then that the man was his enemy, and that he would find him—and destroy him. “There is not an ounce of warmth in you,” she said. “No heart. ” If she only knew how those words pierced him, haunted him during the darkest, coldest hours of the night.
There was no other word for what her father, and her mother, had been. Although, perhaps uninterested might be a close second. The long-held adage of “seen and not heard” did not pertain to her upbringing. For her parents had seen very little of her, and heard her? Not at all. Her parents had been more concerned with their own lives than that of their child. She had been of little consequence to them, bringing to them little enjoyment. Her conception had been an obligation to further the title, and when she had turned out to be a girl, and no other children followed her, her parents had resigned themselves to the fact that their legacy would live on through the husband they would choose for her.
Hyacinths would be particularly pretty in that room, giving it a rich, feminine floral scent. Hyacinths always reminded her of a warm spring day. She gave the conservatory one last longing glance before turning the corner. She had always wanted a conservatory, but Papa had never been one to be pleased by gardening. He was even less pleased by the prospect of improving a house that was part of an entailment. Even though, that entailment might very well one day come to her own son, and his grandson.
Pride & Passion (Brethren Guardians) by Charlotte Featherstone