By Mary Balogh
Leave out Arabella Wilson understands completely good that the good-looking Lord Geoffrey Astor is marrying her in simple terms out of a feeling of accountability. She resigns herself to this discount and expects no more--until she commits the main scandalous of sins: she falls in love along with her personal husband. Regency Romance reissue.
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As it happened, he far more frequently had Frances on his arm during walks, or even her mother. Arabella usually ran on ahead with her dog and the excuse that she had spotted some primroses that must be picked. And she habitually seated herself as far away from him as possible in the drawing room and struck up an animated conversation with whoever was closest to her. Never with him. Lord Astor could not help suspecting that his betrothed deliberately avoided his company. Why it should be so, he was unsure.
Yet during the few moments when she had forgotten herself, she had suddenly discovered that she was gabbling on about George and his exploits or about Emily, her horse. She had even asked him about the health of the poor king, when she knew she should have maintained a polite silence on the topic. Who wished to admit that the King of England—poor dear gentleman—was mad? She should have asked about the Prince Regent or Princess Charlotte. But she had not thought of them. It would be a great relief to have Frances staying with her in London.
Yes, my lord," she said and smiled. "I shall try what he can do if it will please you. Are you really going to send for George and Emily as you promised last evening? It would be so splendidly generous of you to do so. George will be lonely without me, for everyone else treats him like a dog instead of like a person. And animals are really persons, my lord. " Her eyes widened suddenly and she blushed and looked down at her plate. She busied herself pushing the remnants of a muffin around her plate with the tip of her knife.
The Obedient Bride by Mary Balogh