By Georgette Heyer
"Can the incorrect bride develop into the correct spouse? Adam Deveril, the hot Viscount Lynton, is head over heels in love with the attractive Julia Oversley. yet he has again from the Peninsular conflict to discover his relations close to damage and his ancestral domestic mortgaged to the hilt. He has little selection while he's brought to Mr. Jonathan Chawleigh, a urban guy of it seems that limitless wealth and no social targets for himself-but along with his eyes firmly mounted on an appropriate fit for his basically daughter, the quiet and decidedly undeniable Jenny Chawleigh.
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She avoided Sabrina's grimace and seated herself demurely on a winged settee. "Richard, ring for the footman. " Sabrina added helpfully, knowing full well that the gentlemen would much rather have had a brandy. "Really, we mustn't put you to any trouble, dear ladies," Lord Malton said quickly with a beaming smile, which faded as he broached the subject of his visit. " "You may well say that, Lady Mary," Lord Malton expostulated, settling his bulk more comfortably in his chair, his sword and gold-headed cane complicating matters as he tried to cross his legs.
We'll just have to start taking him into our confidence. " Mary nodded her red head in agreement. " Sabrina watched as Mary withdrew a piece of paper from her apron pocket and began to go over her list of household details, her face absorbed as she mentally calculated her figures. Sabrina smiled fondly at her sister's bright red head. Nothing must happen to Mary. Not Mary. She was far too good and virtuous to end up on the gallows. Sabrina bit her lip nervously as she allowed her doubts to overwhelm her.
Sir Jeremy shook his head in bemused exasperation and pouring himself another drink sat down for further contemplation of the situation, grateful that it was not he who was meeting the Duke tomorrow morning at dawn. It was quiet under the avenue of oaks as the first light of daybreak summoned the crow of a rooster and the answering chirpings of awakening birds. Crystal-like dew still clung to the leaves of the trees and the tall grasses in the fields. Sir Jeremy stood silent, Lucien's coat, waistcoat and stock across his arm as he waited along with those of the other guests who'd managed to rise so early.
A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer