A Duke’s Longing Gaze by Lucy Langton EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Lucy Langton
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Sheffield – 1815
“I do wish Mother was still here,” Diana remarked as she looked at Martha
through the mirror longingly.
Her remark was more of a deep wish than a complaint because Diana missed
her mother very much. Martha, the housekeeper-come-general maid, had
been with the Carlisle household for Diana’s entire life. Going to the servant
for her gentle care and guidance was like having a substitute for her mother.
“Do sit still, Miss Diana, or you will end up with a pin in the wrong place,”
Martha instructed her. She was attempting to make Diana’s long, dark hair
presentable for the soiree she was to attend that very evening. “And I agree
with you, I miss her too.”
“I know you do, Martha. If she was here, she would be the one fixing my
hair. Then I would not be bothering you as I do,” Diana admitted.
She felt bad at how much she depended on Martha, who saw to her every
need as well as keeping Rose Cottage running efficiently. The housekeeper
worked long hours and never complained, not once. “What would Father and
I do without you, dear Martha?”
“You know I love you both, and I would have it no other way,” Martha
replied, putting the finishing touches to Diana’s silky curls. “Now then, do
you not just look the part? You are very beautiful, my dear, and your mother
would be proud to see how you’ve grown.”
“I cannot believe it has been four years since she passed,” Diana said, looking
back at her own sad, pouting face in the mirror before her.
“And little Joshua too, he was the prince of cuteness,” Martha added with a
smile. Though Diana could see through the mirror that the housekeeper’s face
reflected the same sadness that she herself felt.
“My little brother was a terror,” Diana said, smiling at the memory. “And I
loved him to bits.”
“To be taken at such a young age was heart breaking for those left behind,”
Martha said with glassy eyes as she now looked despondent.
“Father has never been the same since the fever took them both from us,”
Diana remarked. She knew that he had always blamed himself because they
could not afford a doctor at the time.
“Well, we shall stop this now,” Martha declared. “You are to go out this very
night and have a happy time. I hear that Miss Henrietta has found herself a
husband after presenting herself in London this year.”
“I wish I did not have to attend their homecoming party, but she is my best
friend,” Diana admitted as she clipped on a ruby red earring. “As are you,
“Oh, stop that silliness now will you, Miss Diana.”
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