A Private Wager by Chasity Bowlin EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Chasity Bowlin
- Language: English
- Formats: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Available For Free Download
- Genre: Romance
- Price: Free
- File Size: 2 MB
- Published Date: Feb 16, 2023
Miss Lucy Dawes came down for breakfast while her aunt and
chaperone, Mrs. Wilson, remained abed. The journey to Lady
Pandora’s estate had not been a pleasant one for her, but then her aunt
was a notoriously poor traveler. She suffered horrid sickness whether in a
carriage, on a ship, or even horseback. If she wasn’t moving place to place on
her own two feet, she would require a day’s convalescence at least. In short,
Lucy would not have a chaperone until the following day. It was something
of a disaster.
She absolutely detested being in society, being part of the marriage mart.
It was a ridiculous enterprise for someone who had no wish to be married.
With a sizable dowry, she encountered fortune hunters at every turn. Without
her aunt’s presence at her side, she would be at their mercy. They would
clamor around her like a pack of wild dogs.
Steeling herself against that prospect, she pulled her shoulders back, lifted
her chin in a haughty, challenging manner, and entered the breakfast room
like a general going into battle. It rather felt that way. How she detested it all!
It wasn’t marriage itself that she was opposed to but rather being married
only for the wealth she could bring. Surely, if she were to tie herself to a man
for the entirety of her life, she deserved to have someone who actually saw
her value as a person rather than just as a walking, talking bank note.
Most of the guests gathered for the morning meal were single young
women and bachelors. Married ladies had the prerogative of taking a
breakfast tray in their rooms. Why they should be afforded such a luxury
when it was denied everyone else was simply a mystery to her. She wanted a
tray in her room, to be served in privacy and to enjoy the morning meal
without having to first don her stays and several layer s of clothing. But no.
She’d have to eat her eggs and kippers while staring at men who stared at her
and saw only a stack of sovereigns.
Ignoring the gentlemen (though she doubted most of them deserved that
title), she smiled at a few acquaintances as she filled her plate. Once she had
selected servings from a few of the many dishes that had been set out, she
took a seat at the table between Miss Winnie Melton and Miss Georgiana
Cole. They were all well acquainted with one another and friendly enough, if
not bosom companions.
Miss Cole was giggling behind her hand. Lucy looked at her in surprise,
“What ever is so amusing, Miss Cole?”
“Viscount Harcourt and his cousin, Mr. Warfield, have not taken their
eyes off you since you entered this room, Miss Dawes,” Miss Cole
whispered. “I cannot imagine what you have done to make such a conquest!
The viscount and his cousin are both quite confirmed bachelors.”
“Perhaps I have something on my face,”
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