A Shrew for the Duke by Emma Linfield EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Emma Linfield
- Language: English
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It was a Monday evening, roughly twenty minutes or so before
supper, which meant that Lady Catherine Langley was doing what
she did on most evenings whenever she found that she had some time to
kill. She was reading. Sitting in the drawing room of her father’s manor,
curled up on a couch by the fire, there was nowhere she would rather be at
the moment and nothing else that she would rather be doing.
The book in question was titled Evelina, written by female author Fanny
Burney, and it was an epistolary novel based on an imaginary young lady
who, after spending years living in the rural country, was forced to join high
society so that she might begin the process of courtship, marriage, and of
course, starting a family.
But the book was satirical in nature and highly amusing. While it was
certainly a romance, there were elements of comedy also, which was what
Catherine liked best. Oh sure, the romantic portions were interesting
enough indeed and gave a certain realism to the writings, but they were also
far and away the least engaging part of the novel. Mostly, this was to do
with Catherine’s own views on romance and all the intolerable trappings
that came with it.
Nonetheless, she sat snug on the couch, enjoying the warmth of the fire as
she used its orange flame to light the page for her to read. She’d had the
house to herself all day in fact and had rather enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Alas, it was five minutes ago that she heard her father and sister return
home, and while her father would no doubt remain busy until supper was
ready, she knew that her sister would be of a different mind.
In fact, no sooner did Lady Rose appear in Catherine’s thoughts, than she
heard the intrepid footsteps of her younger sister approaching from down
the hall. Catherine sighed at the sound but kept her head buried hoping that
her sister might see that she was busy and —
“Oh good, you’re here,” Rose sighed as she slunk into the drawing room.
She then approached where Catherine sat and plopped herself on the arm of
the couch, sprawling herself over it like a blanket. “We need to talk.
Catherine held a finger up to her sister as she finished the passage she had
been reading. Then, she kept it held a little longer, not because she had
more to read, but because she enjoyed the way it made her sister fidget and
moan as she waited.
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