The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda: A Summersby Tale

By Sophie Barnes

Lord William eventually meets his fit within the newest Summersby story from Sophie Barnes, writer of How leave out Rutherford bought Her Groove Back.

Lucy Blackwell is determined, reckless, and perhaps slightly loopy. that is the merely attainable reason for tricking a guy she does not recognize right into a dance, a kiss, and an engagement—all in the course of the most important ball of the yr! yet Lord William Summersby is the ultimate piece of her grand plan, and she'll do what it takes to make this marriage of comfort work—as lengthy as it is handy for her. She simply by no means counted on falling in love . . .

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Her brain whirled as Stanton guided her throughout the crowd of individuals and towards a mid-sized vessel. How might William locate her? If he’d been shut at the back of in pursuit, he must have reached them through now, that can purely suggest that he’d misplaced their path. She needed to discover a capacity wherein to sign him if he occurred to go this manner, yet how? She attempted to imagine, basically to discover herself distracted by means of a wide, broad-shouldered guy with a wiry beard, a bulbous, large nostril, and beady eyes. His shirtsleeves have been rolled up earlier his elbows, revealing a couple of thick, muscular palms, whereas his legs reminded her of tree trunks.

Harriet requested. the proper solution used to be not anything considering the fact that Harriet possessed a smattering of freckles throughout her nostril and rosy cheeks. “We should still locate you a few shade,” Charlotte declared. “Shouldn’t we, Harriet? ” “Yes. coloration. simply the thing,” Harriet echoed. She was once frowning, most likely in vexation over the remark approximately freckles. Charlotte notion there have been worse issues, equivalent to being a feather-brain like Lucy. Charlotte suffered one other pang. She loathed moment ideas and customarily shunned them. She reminded herself that whereas James had as soon as been her favourite individual in England, he had considering that develop into this type of guy who brooded eternally and flirted heartlessly.

Tossing again his brandy, William paused for a second as he seemed again at his neighbors. “Maybe that’s simply because issues aren’t as really good as they seem,” he stated bitterly as he grew to become again to fill up his glass. “What are you conversing approximately? ” Stanton requested. “You’ve married a superb girl and—” “You’d imagine so, wouldn’t you? ” He laughed then, yet there has been no pleasure in the back of it. “I’ve by no means encountered an even bigger liar or schemer in all my existence, and think me, I’ve encountered much. ” Silence settled like a cloud upon them.

Maybe he’d long gone off to play playing cards to boot? She used to be as regards to to show away and take a look within the library whilst an individual stuck her via the arm. It was once Alexandra, who seemed to be within the better of moods. “Have you obvious? ” she requested with a lot pleasure in her voice whereas her eyes shimmered with merriment. “Seen what? ” Lucy requested, noticing that the gang round the dance ground used to be now a lot denser than earlier than. “Come and have a look for your self. ” And without different note of caution, Alexandra whisked Lucy off towards the starting to be wall of spectators.

Because the tune slowed and so they glided to a cease, he hung on to her with possessive firmness, forcing her to gain that there has been just one factor on his brain instantaneously and that he was once busily attempting to determine the best way to top cross approximately whisking her off and having his approach together with her. Leaning towards him, she notion it prudent to claim, “All eyes are upon us, William. we won't stay in such an intimate include now that the dance is over. We needs to stream to the part. ” He blinked, nodded, and stepped clear of her a bit prior to providing his arm.

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