The Second Lady Southvale (2011)

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Annie had already dressed her hair into a fine knot from which tumbled a number of thin ringlets, and all she had to do was recomb the framing of little soft curls around her face.
    Taking a deep
...breath to prepare herself for what was bound to be a somewhat strained occasion, she left the pagoda room to go down to where he still awaited her. A maid waited discreetly by the door.
    His glance swept over Rosalind as she descended the staircase, and he smiled. ‘How suitable for a walk, Miss Carberry,’ he said.
    She gave him a smile of sorts, but didn’t respond. He sounded so pleasant and charming that it was difficult to recall how he’d been the evening before, but she could and did recall that other Gerald Beaufort, and it was enough for her to use a very long spoon when supping with him.
    He retrieved his top hat, gloves, and cane from the table, and then offered her his arm. ‘Shall we go?’ She rested her hand only lightly over his sleeve and didn’t enjoy even that small contact.
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