By Mary Balogh
Town of Granby may perhaps not often be extra excited on the information that Ferndale Manor is to be opened back and that its new proprietor, Mr Mainwaring, is either filthy rich, good-looking and unmarried. specifically, pass over Cecily Rowe and her mom and dad view the traveling celebration with their eyes firmly set on matrimony -- for who should still should be the spouse of such a chic younger guy greater than beautiful sixteen-year-old Cecily?Only one member of the Rowe family doesn't percentage their excessive spirits. Elizabeth Rossiter, born a woman yet compelled to hunt employment as a governess, has tasted the delights of suitors and events in a former life in London, and now needs in simple terms to be left by myself and unobserved. yet occasions conspire opposed to Elizabeth as neighborhood society embarks on frenzied job once again, bringing her head to head with the only individual she needed by no means to set eyes on back: Robert Denning, Marquess of Hetherington. the guy who six years previous informed her he enjoyed her ... after which broke her center.
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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. 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.
Prosser engaged Elizabeth in conversation and she found herself genuinely interested in his accounts of experiences in Portugal. Soon she was engrossed. Hetherington's voice brought her back to reality. "You must favor us with your opinion, Miss Rossiter," he was saying, directing the full force of his charming smile at her. Elizabeth looked up, startled, leaving Mr. Prosser in midsentence. " she asked. "Miss Rowe and I cannot agree on the location for a picnic on Saturday," he explained. "I favor the riverbank on William's estate.
And Mrs. Prosser smiled cordially when the two ladies returned to the drawing room. Hetherington bowed stiffly in Elizabeth's direction and smiled dazzlingly at Cecily. "You look most charming, Miss Rowe," he said, eyeing appreciatively the blue bonnet and parasol that complemented the white muslin of her dress. " He extended his arm to the girl, and she laid her hand within it. On the stroll to Granby, two miles distant, Elizabeth was left to walk behind with the Prossers. She found them good company.
A Chance Encounter by Mary Balogh