A Chance Encounter by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Town of Granby may possibly rarely 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, omit Cecily Rowe and her mom and dad view the traveling social gathering with their eyes firmly set on matrimony -- for who should still should be the spouse of such a sublime younger guy greater than beautiful 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 basically to be left by myself and unobserved. yet occasions conspire opposed to Elizabeth as neighborhood society embarks on frenzied task once again, bringing her head to head with the single individual she needed by no means to set eyes on back: Robert Denning, Marquess of Hetherington. the guy who six years past informed her he enjoyed her ... after which broke her center.

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Elizabeth was in the rose garden cutting some blooms for the house when they arrived. Mrs. Prosser and her sister walked over to talk to her while they all waited for Cecily to run upstairs for a bonnet and parasol. Elizabeth was very glad that the men went inside the house for some refreshment. She had felt a painful stab of the heart at the sight of Hetherington. Like the other gentlemen, he touched his hat in acknowledgment of her presence. Unlike them, he did not smile. Mrs. Prosser introduced her sister to Elizabeth as Miss Amelia Norris.

They seemed to expect him to be an idle man-about-town although the family had very little money. Living in a style that he considered appropriate to his rank, the marquess had put too much stress on the income from his estates. Love had taken her quite unawares. They had both been attending a ball, but were not together because they had already shared the regulation two dances. Elizabeth had been wearing new slippers, which pinched her toes so badly that she was convinced that she must have at least one blister.

But for all that, he did not speak with bitterness about his family or his childhood. Somehow a natural sunniness of nature had carried him through unscathed. But he was restless. Life did not have much in the way of challenge to offer a younger son. He wanted to enlist, but his father had steadfastly refused to buy him a commission. Elizabeth had parted from him at the end of supper to dance with other partners. She would not, she reflected now, have been heartbroken if she had never seen him again.

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