By Mary Balogh
Beloved New York occasions bestselling writer Mary Balogh spins vintage tales of Regency England—splendid novels of improper id and unmistakable ardour, the place marriage is just the start of real love.
THE recognized HEROINE
Cora Downes has good looks, spirit, and funds, yet no breeding. but whilst she earnings renown for a bold rescue, she reveals herself thrust into excessive society. blameless and adrift in a global of gorgeous banquets, bejeweled robes, and snobbish criteria, Cora is readily compromised right into a marriage—to a frivolous lord whose pursuits appear to lie in different places. yet may well piercingly blue-eyed and well-mannered Francis Kneller turn into the main unforeseen love of her life?
THE PLUMED BONNET
Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, is seeking love outdoors the limits of well mannered society. And that’s what he expects to obtain whilst he rescues a probably disreputable lady in a colourful bonnet off the part of the line. but Stephanie grey, a former governess, has lately come into cash and is raring for a formal fit with a well-born guy. definite that he’s sullied her identify, Alistair bargains marriage to make amends. And during this not likely union, Stephanie and Alistair make a welcome discovery—that occasionally it’s attainable to marry first, then fall in love.
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Unless, of course, she disdained to spend money so senselessly when she could cajole bored travelers like himself into giving her carriage room in exchange for stories—and perhaps, if not probably, in exchange for something else. Perhaps if he asked her given name, she would call herself Scheherazade. Scheherazade Gray. Yes, it would suit her. Was she hungry? But he did not want to feel pity for her. He wanted to be amused. And so far she was marvelously diverting. He had cheered up considerably.
She was not surprised when his arms fell away from her, and he took a step back. He was quite different, after all, from those other men with whom she had occasionally scuffled at Mr. Burnaby's. She had known that all day, and she knew it now too. She felt no fear, only embarrassment and regret that she had inadvertently tempted him. He was looking at her, eyebrows raised, waiting for an explanation. "I am grateful," she said, forcing herself to look into his eyes. She clasped her hands at her bosom.
A bird of bright plumage painting the landscape gay," he said. " Had she not been feeling so weary and so hungry, not to mention footsore and dusty and frightened—and embarrassed, she might have answered tartly. What on earth did he think she wanted, out here in the middle of a roadway, miles from anywhere? " She did not fancy riding up between those nudging, grinning two, but doing so was certainly preferable to the alternative. " She was aware of his gloved fingers drumming on the top of the glass.
The Plumed Bonnet by Mary Balogh