The sisters in question are Hester and Betty Lovelace I've given this an A for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals. She doesn't care that he's fabulously wealthy, or devastatingly handsome, or impeccably well-dressed. When they reached the Dower House, Mrs. Bentley gave a little shrug. Bella seized small Simon by the hand and quickly led him away.
She doesn't care that he's fabulously wealthy, or devastatingly handsome, or impeccably well-dressed. The ladies live contentedly at Eppington Chase with their six-year-old nephew Simon, the current marquess, and at the beginning of the book have decided to go to London for the Season. She quickly slipped it into her pocket and was holding up a pretty white silk stole with gold fringe when Hester turned from the window. It meant going back into the tyranny of fashionable clothes and powdered hair. Something had terrified the horses, and the carriage in which they were riding had plunged over the hillside. Bentley's searching fingers had encountered a hard package at the back of the drawer. Ah, the jewels and the dresses—and Lady Jane like the fairy she was.
It is not your usual Regency. Not stays this time, my lady, pursued Bella. She has a lot of dialogue and her dialogues are excellent. Well, that's 5 minutes I won't get back! If you have quite finished, madam, said Hester frostily, then perhaps we may go. Ah, but you ain't seen her lately, said Bella, looking wise and laying a finger alongside her nose. Bentley left the room with quick rapid steps.
His disastrous second marriage to the blacksmith's widow, his adoption of Hester and Betty, and the loss of his lands had seemed all that was needed to finish him. And he'll stop at nothing to persuade her. Almost no one realized, however, that Alice was secretly in love with someone else - or that she had confided her feelings to a clever talking mynah bird who announces these intimacies at the moment of the couple's wedding. I've given this an A for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals. I am too much like Mother.
In silence, the three women looked at little Simon who so resembled his late mother with his strange slanting eyes the color of the North Sea and his slanting eyebrows. And the duke of Collingham is persistent. She is so cold and disapproving. For indeed, Hester did look very much like their late mother with her tall, thin body, her flashing eyes, and her sharp movements. She herself felt it unfair that two such baseborn brats as Hester and Betty should have so much. I hope so anyway because the Regencies she wrote as Marion Chesney are r This was written under another name and possibly one of her earliest efforts.
Hester clutched her head and said again, I declare I'll go mad if I stay here! Perhaps it was caused by the almost brooding, gloating atmosphere emanating from Mrs. Her curved smile was back on her face as she looked at her daughters and Fanny felt slightly reassured. Bentley went quickly up the broad shallow oaken stairs to her bedroom and pulling out the packet sat down at her dressing table, weighing it in her hand. Delphine would marry, but it would be a marriage in name only. A reminiscent gleam crossed Bella's eyes and she dropped Simon's chubby hand.
Then Betty spoiled it all by adding with a laugh, And Hester wanted you to be our chaperone, Bella. Her old schoolmate was as selfish as ever. And the Duke of Collingham is persistent. Little Simon would be Lord Welbourne but not Lord Westerby and the Bentley women would lose Westerby anyway when James died, whether he commited suicide or not. The h from book 1's stepsisters inherited everything and live at Westerby looking after their young nephew.
The London dandies find her moralizing appalling and concoct a plan to assault her virtue - an assault that will scandalize all London society. She took something, I'll be bound, said Betty. Felicity Baronsheath, their first assignment, turns out to be more of a challenge than they ever imagined. The last dismayed exclamation was because Mrs. He can have any woman in the whole of Society--but the one who won't have him is the only one he wants.
The first Marquess had been Simon Lovelace, a penniless member of the untitled aristocracy. I check everything from time to time, said Hester airily. The faint smell of the scent which Jane had always worn floated about the room and Hester felt the beginnings of a lump in her throat. But it is Rainbird, No. She hates the falseness of society manners and isn't interested in balls or parties. We're going to London and that's that.
The pests are going to London for another Season, she said. Bentley, her curved smile missing from her face for once. So, in order to entrap a second husband, namely the dashing duke of Denbigh, she needed Miss Verity Bascombe. Now you don't want that there Miss Fanny and Miss Frederica getting the best of the crop, my lady. Yes, said Simon simply, his eyes shining silver.