The Rules of Matchmaking by Rebecca Connolly EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Authors: Rebecca Connolly
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“J ane, darling, I have a proposition for you.”
Those were not words that were welcome to any of the relations of AnneMarie Richards, let alone the one to whom they were addressed, but Jane
Richards knew better than to ignore her elderly aunt under any
circumstances. Her cousin Phillip had done so once and found that his
favorite horse at her estate had been sold off before his next visit.
Jane did not have a favorite horse, nor a favorite painting, book, or
mattress within the control of Aunt Anne-Marie, but she would not put it past
the woman to find some way to make Jane pay, should she ignore the
Thus, she must reply.
Sighing as silently as possible, for no sigh would ever be deemed
acceptable as a response, Jane turned towards the room she had hoped to pass
unnoticed and forced a would-be fond smile on her lips. She was truly fond
of her aunt, just not her summons.
The details were important.
“A proposition, Aunt?” she asked in a tone she hoped would pass for
Aunt Anne-Marie, aged somewhere between seventy-three and one
hundred four, raised an impertinent brow, her wrinkled lips pursing in a
manner that showed the exact inner line of her lip paint. “I saw the pause in
your step, young lady. There is no need to be so hesitant to respond to my
words. I am not about to suggest you become my companion while I await
the arrival of my deathbed.”
It was a task indeed for Jane not to show abject relief upon her features at
those words, though she could not say she had feared that particular situation.
Ought she begin to fear it in the future?
Jane moved more fully into the room and stood herself before her aunt,
clasping her fingers in what she prayed was an elegant fashion before her.
“No, Aunt. I am sorry.” She paused for the distinction between statements,
wet her lips, and smiled further. “What is the proposition?”
“A house party, dear.” Her aunt’s painted lips curved to one side, pulling
the skin opposite tight enough to smooth her lines. “In the Cotswolds.”
Was that something about which Jane ought to be excited? She knew
nothing about the Cotswolds, other than that they existed, and was not
immediately aware of any particular members of Society who called that
place home. But Jane generally enjoyed house parties, so there was at least
one element about the proposition that would hold amusement for her.
The proposition was from her aunt, not from an invitation.
A house party with her ancient and unpredictably vindictive aunt. In the
Cotswolds. Where she knew nothing and no one.
This sounded rather like the plot of a particularly garish novel of fiction
where a ghastly murder took place under suspicious circumstances.
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