Enticed by a Governess by Jane Charles EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Jane Charles
- Language: English
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- Genre: Victorian Historical Romance
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Hartfield Hall, Cheshire, England, May 1812
Victor Hawthorn was so angry he could not think straight. Disgusted by
how his life had been manipulated, Victor stomped out of the house and
into the gardens.
The spring flowers may have been bursting with color, but
they did little to soften his mood. On any other day, he may have allowed
the quiet of the country to calm him. But not today. He was far too livid.
If only he could wipe his hands clean of this entire mess. He would too, if
not for Marcus and Maria, his younger siblings.
The unacceptable position that Victor found himself in was all his
father’s doing, yet it fell to Victor to keep his family from being completely
ruined, shunned from society, and his father out of debtors’ prison.
A bee buzzed past his ear and Victor swatted it away in irritation. Even
the bloody chirping birds were putting him on edge.
Damn his parents for
ruining what should have been a pleasant visit to the country, away from the
crowds, filth, and noise of London. It was the middle of the Season and he
had welcomed the break, until he learned the reason they were here. His
father had ruined much more than a holiday, he had just altered Victor’s life
Somehow Mr. Thompson had managed to purchase all his father’s notes
—the amount staggering, and now Thompson held control over Victor’s
father, thus the entire family. However, the whole of that debt would be
cleared, as well as a substantial fund gifted when Victor married the man’s
daughter, thus providing the elusive title Thompson had always coveted.
would not be his but would eventually belong to a grandson by way of the
merchant’s daughter. If Victor did not follow through, the debts would be
called due, and his family would lose what little they had left. The only
exception was Thornhill Park, the crumbling estate in Shropshire, and that
was only because it was entailed.
Victor kicked a few stones along the path in the garden and turned toward
the house. The one conciliation in this arrangement, if one could be found,
was that his father would receive none of the funds himself. Victor would
have full control of the purse strings and Victor had made it perfectly clear
that he would never again bail his father out of gambling debts. His funds
would be limited to the allowance Victor provided and not a shilling more.
Charlotte Thompson strained to look out the window on the nursery floor
where she’d been sequestered when the important guests had arrived. She
honestly didn’t mind and preferred to be up here, away from her father and
not being reminded that she was forever a disappointment. This was where
she could paint and be herself
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