An Arranged Betrothal with a Spinster by Sally Forbes EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Sally Forbes
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Andrew spent much of the first few days after returning to London
closeted with his mother in his father’s old study. Usually, he tried to avoid
his mother as much as possible, so as to reduce her opportunities to put
pressure on him to bend to her wishes. However, as he had been away from
London for some time, there was also much work to be done, some of which
required her help.
Though Andrew was a mere baron, he was nevertheless very wealthy. His
late father had made wise investments throughout his life, and they continued
to draw in great profits for the family to enjoy. It was the reason why Andrew
had been able to do so little in the way of work while staying in the country.
But now, he had letters to write, meetings to attend, and new business
ventures of his own to try to establish.
A week after being back in London, Andrew joined his mother for
breakfast. After the meal, he intended to spend the morning writing to some
of his father’s business associates regarding the matter of shipments and any
requisite business trips.
His father had not been a likable man, not even to his family. The late
baron had been cruel, caring only for amassing wealth, and obsessed with
proving that a baron was just as distinguished as any duke.
Andrew wondered if his associates in London were of like minds. He
certainly hoped not. He was very much the opposite of his father. The idea of
working with such men made Andrew’s stomach churn.
“Have you forgotten your manners?” Lady Elsbrook, his mother, asked in
her usual prim way.
Andrew resisted the urge to roll his eyes as he realized he had passed her
seat without bowing and kissing her cheek. He did so then, giving her a tight
“Good morning, Mother,” he said stiffly. “Forgive me. I am thinking of
the work I must attend to directly after breakfast.”
The dowager baroness nodded in acknowledgment.
“I understand you have pressing business,” she said, “but a man must
never forget proper behavior, not even when in the comfort of his own
Andrew bit his tongue as he took his seat. It would do no good to point
out that his father had always been too busy calculating his next profitable
venture to bother with proper conduct during mealtimes at home.
“Forgive me,” he said again.
The baroness nodded again, seemingly satisfied with his repentance.
“I hope you do not have any plans for this evening,” she said. “My
friends, the Earl and Countess of Kinswood, and their daughter, Lady Viola,
are joining us for dinner.”
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