A Bet with a Baron by Tammy Andresen EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Tammy Andresen
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LADY MIRABELLE SMITH HAD A SECRET. The sort that had likely crushed the
souls of many a young woman through the course of time and would wound
many more. The weight of it would not let her be…
She drew in a breath, her gaze scanning the manicured gardens of the
Baron of Boxby’s country estate. The lush gardens rustled softly in the
summer breeze, only enhancing the bucolic air that infused this place.
It was like a fantasy compared with her modest London home and
heavenly compared with her first home on the east side of London. In
retrospect, she had little understanding of how her father had allowed them to
live there for so long. But today was not the day for such thoughts. Today
was her brother’s wedding day.
That same breeze rustled her skirts and an errant lock of her dark brown
hair that she attempted to tuck behind her ear. She wished she were blond like
her sister, Anna. A true beauty, Anna was often compared to an angel.
No one would mistake Mirabelle for an ethereal figure. Her dark hair and
eyes were far more suited to dastardly deeds.
Like keeping secrets. She was a woman used to holding the truth close.
As the bastard daughter of the Earl of Easton, she’d grown up understanding
the stigma that surrounded her birth. And when her father had orchestrated
for her eldest brother to become the heir to a marquessate…the entire family
had had to keep that secret.
But that was the sort of falsehood that she’d been able to go days without
thinking on, weeks even.
And then she’d had one confidante: her best friend, Emily Boxby. Soon
to be Emily Smith. Emily was marrying Mirabelle’s eldest brother and
officially becoming her sister. Mirabelle couldn’t be more thrilled.
And the fact that their legitimate brother, the Earl of Easton, was going to
support her brother Ace’s claim to the marquessate brought her tantalizingly
close to fulfilling her greatest wish, her biggest secret of all.
Mirabelle wished to be a proper lady. Not just in name. Technically, she
was Lady Mirabelle. When her brother succeeded to the marquessate, her title
as a lady had been solidified. But she didn’t just want the name of lady, she
wanted to be a lady. And most of all, she wanted to be accepted by the other
women of the ton. The ones who looked down on her and had since she was a
child. Emily had been the only exception.
But Mirabelle’s most secret desire was to be one of those women.
Beautiful and gracious, one of the few who was accepted and loved. Part of a
club that, between her looks and her birth, she’d never been able to touch.
Her breath caught in her chest just to think it as she moved toward the
line of carriages that would take the wedding guests the short distance to the
Four of her five brothers stood in a line waiting for her. Four sets of broad
shoulders and dark hair standing like centaurs in a line.
Her surly guardians.
Rush came first, the second oldest. His hair was shorn close, his
expression ever serious as he watched her move toward them.
Triston was next, his overlong hair brushing his ears and collars, his
expression clearly revealing his feelings about weddings, as surely as if he
was muttering the words “Why would anyone wish to wed?”
Gris next to Tris, his ever-ready mysterious smile playing at his lips. It
wasn’t that he was happier than their other brothers. It was more that he
caught people off guard with his ease. They were never prepared when he
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