A Chance Encounter by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Town of Granby may well rarely be extra excited on the information that Ferndale Manor is to be opened back and that its new proprietor, Mr Mainwaring, is either prosperous, good-looking and unmarried. particularly, leave out Cecily Rowe and her mom and dad view the vacationing get together with their eyes firmly set on matrimony -- for who may still need to be the spouse of such a sublime younger guy greater than lovely sixteen-year-old Cecily?Only one member of the Rowe family doesn't proportion their excessive spirits. Elizabeth Rossiter, born a girl yet pressured to hunt employment as a governess, has tasted the delights of suitors and events in a former lifestyles in London, and now needs purely to be left on my own and unobserved. yet occasions conspire opposed to Elizabeth as neighborhood society embarks on frenzied task once again, bringing her nose to nose with the only individual she wanted by no means to set eyes on back: Robert Denning, Marquess of Hetherington. the guy who six years prior advised her he enjoyed her ... after which broke her middle.

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But as she was about to refuse, she saw out of the corner of her eye that Hetherington was asking Cecily to dance again. If she herself danced with Mr. Prosser, she would have an excuse to go immediately into the supper room afterward and keep an eye on her charge. She smiled and placed her hand in his. It was a country dance. Mr. Prosser led his partner to join the set of which Hetherington and Cecily were already part. Cecily waved gaily to her. The girl's partner looked through her. " "Thank you, my lord," she replied in kind.

She determined that she would perform her duties as chaperone with extra diligence. Mr. Rowe had retired to the card room already. It was up to her to see that Cecily did not spend too much time with the marquess and that he had no chance to be alone with her. Unexpectedly, Mr. Prosser asked Elizabeth for the supper dance. She had not intended to dance at all, did not feel it was appropriate to do so, especially dressed as she was. But as she was about to refuse, she saw out of the corner of her eye that Hetherington was asking Cecily to dance again.

And she had gone, after squeezing her feet painfully into the slippers again. She had been dazed, astounded by the discovery that she, too, had loved for some time without realizing it. Pushing the last pin into the coil of hair at the nape of her neck, Elizabeth again found it difficult to reconcile that memory of a tender, loving Robert with the afternoon's encounter with the cold, unfeeling Marquess of Hetherington. Chapter 3 A few days later Mrs. Rowe and Cecily ordered out the old, ponderous carriage from the coach house and left to pay an afternoon call at Ferndale.

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