A Bird in Hand by Allison Lane

By Allison Lane

A bold younger lord, seeing a tender girl floundering in an icy river, instantly dives to her rescue. yet in saving her lifestyles, he virtually loses his personal! whilst he involves, he reveals himself on my own with the mysterious girl in a small state cottage. And although he had effectively shunned the marriage-minded maidens of the "ton" for years, he felt honor-bound to suggest to his appealing benefactor. in any case, they'd spent the evening on my own, and the scandal will be insufferable. however the girl vehemently refuses, and disappears. however the younger lord reveals himself now not so keen to allow cross of her, and the chase is on.

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Why do you think I rushed to Constance's sickbed? " Randolph frowned, staying out of their argument. If even half of her claims were true, Fosdale was worse than the London matchmakers. But she was different, which was good, for honor demanded that he wed her. He had felt an obligation even before learning her identity. Discovering that she was the daughter of an earl sealed his fate. But beyond that, she intrigued him. He had never met so outspoken a female, or one who cared about how her actions affected others.

And he must not manipulate Fosdale again. “Deferring to that arrogant windbag is galling,” he admitted. Sedge laughed. “Unless you want this imposture to end right now, you will have little choice. You chose the role of an unprepossessing employee. " "Very well. ” He frowned. " "Don't be trite. Every estate in the country has an orphan or two, but most of them are packed off to the military as soon as possible. Or the clergy. Don't raise questions about why you weren't. And don't claim the duke took you under his wing.

She would have to lock herself in her room until Symington was gone. And she would have to lay in a goodly supply of bread and cheese, for the moment he recognized her tactics, Fosdale would try to starve her out. Damn him! If only she had the funds to support herself elsewhere. But even a cottage like Sadie's was beyond her means as yet. She stifled a wave of guilt, for she did not know whether Symington's fever would prove dangerous. He was not yet delirious, but only a few hours had passed since he'd been found.

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