A Well Pleasured Lady (Fairchild Family, Book 1) by Christina Dodd

By Christina Dodd

Unique e-book: 1997

Prim, simple, desperately virtuous girl Mary Fairchild stared on the seductive gentleman and puzzled -- did he keep in mind the weather of the evening they met? definitely now not. within the ten years considering, she had deserted her younger impetuousness and remodeled herself right into a housekeeper -- disguising her attractiveness underneath a servant's dour garments made up our minds to beat the passions of the past.

But Sebastian Durant, Viscount Whitfield, did realize her as a Fairchild, one among his family's sour enemies. while he demanded her support recuperating a stolen diary, she dared no longer refuse him. whilst he proposed they masquerade as a betrothed couple, loyalty compelled her to agree. And while the restraint among them shattered and delight grew to become an obsession, Mary needed to belief a robust guy who may perhaps ship her to the gallows ... or love her via eternity.

 

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The christening was set for early afternoon, with a reception following at the Grove home. In the carriage, Penelope blew a stray hair from her forehead. Theo hadn’t stopped grinning all day. Merry looked charming. A tiny little cap covered her head. Her christening gown was of elaborate lace and satin. Dressed all in white, the little one looked like an angel. Upon entering the church, she waved a fist and yawned, oblivious of the commotion about her. Claire followed behind Penelope and Theo. Heavens, what with all the commotion this morning, she hadn’t found time to ask after Merry’s other godparent.

Both mother and baby were clasped tight in his arms. “Oh, you’re here, my love. ” He gave a husky laugh. ” Penelope wore a beatific smile. ” Theo pressed his lips to his wife’s lips, then the babe’s fuzzy red cap. He was too choked up to speak. “She’s beautiful,” he said at last. ” Watching the tender scene, Claire felt a hot ache fill her throat. A pang of envy bit deep. She couldn’t withhold it. It merely brought home the truth— And her heart cried out in bitter loss. She would never experience such love as existed between Penelope and Theo—and their little one.

One did not equate Viscount Sutherland with virtues like faith and family. Out of love for her friend, Claire had decided to accept his role. Out of love for her friend, she would be civil. She stepped out to the garden and seated herself on a small stone bench under a tree. With her handkerchief, she blotted the moisture from her forehead and the back of her neck. All at once she felt overly warm, and a trifle light-headed. She didn’t know that piercing blue eyes had seen her slip outside. Gray, watching her, debated himself for an instant, then followed her.

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