By Mary Balogh
The city of Granby may well infrequently be extra excited on the information that Ferndale Manor is to be opened back and that its new proprietor, Mr Mainwaring, is either prosperous, good-looking and unmarried. particularly, 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 lovely sixteen-year-old Cecily?Only one member of the Rowe family doesn't proportion their excessive spirits. Elizabeth Rossiter, born a woman yet compelled to hunt employment as a governess, has tasted the delights of suitors and events in a former life in London, and now needs merely to be left by myself and unobserved. yet occasions conspire opposed to Elizabeth as neighborhood society embarks on frenzied task once again, bringing her nose to nose with the only individual she wanted by no means to set eyes on back: Robert Denning, Marquess of Hetherington. the fellow who six years prior informed her he enjoyed her ... after which broke her middle.
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Yes, yes, my love," her mother agreed. "You are eighteen years old this year, and I cannot see that Mr. Rowe will ever agree to a Season for you. " Mrs. Rowe, who had risen from her chair to pace excitedly about the room, suddenly stopped and turned to her employee. "Indeed, my dear Miss Rossiter," she said kindly, "you must accompany us and order some new gowns as well. It would also do you a great deal of good to meet Mr. Mainwaring and his friends. You are a gentlewoman, for all that you have been in our employ for six years.
The haughty beauty of Miss Norris inspired awe and admiration everywhere. Elizabeth finally met this lady a few days before the ball, when she rode over with the rest of the Ferndale party to invite Cecily to walk. 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.
Beth," Cecily cried, "is my gown creased? Have my ringlets lost their curl? " "You look your usual pretty self," Elizabeth assured her. "And I am sorry now that I alarmed you both. The visitors must call upon Mr. Rowe first. " "Oh, yes," Mrs. " But five minutes later Mr. Rowe had ushered the three gentlemen and a lady into the drawing room and was performing the introductions. Mrs. Rowe and Cecily were on their feet. Everyone seemed to be moving and talking at once, as Mr. Mainwaring, Mr. and Mrs.
A Chance Encounter by Mary Balogh