When the Lady Must Wed by Jessie Clever EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Jessie Clever
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Lady Winnaretta Lowe felt sick to her stomach when people praised her,
as they often did, for helping her sister appear at her best in society.
Because she wasn’t helping her sister out of the goodness of her
heart. Not at all.
Lady Winnaretta Lowe was paying for her sins.
Sins that would have sent any proper society matron to her knees. Sins
that had tarnished her family’s reputation so badly it was all Winnie could do
to prop it back up again.
Sins that required a penance so great she was giving her life for it.
In the form of marriage.
To the vilest man in society.
“Is Chichester coming today?” her mother said as if listening to the litany
of Winnie’s disparaging thoughts.
“Yes, Mother,” she said, her eyes never straying from the spectacle on the
Thames below. “I believe he had some gentlemen he wished to see here.”
When Miles Creedmoor, the Marquess of Chichester, had first suggested
they attend today’s presentation, he had not mentioned a desire to see her. He
had only mentioned a group of gentlemen he had been considering as
potential investors for one of his real estate endeavors. It was no surprise that
she hadn’t seen him yet.
Her mother lazily fanned herself and pressed the backs of her fingers of
her free hand to her forehead. It wasn’t overly warm as it was only the middle
of June, but the viewing platform on which they stood was crowded, verging
“Oh, that’s lovely,” her mother said without feeling. “He was so kind to
secure us our places here.” The older woman slid her a weighty look as it was
no secret what Winnie was doing. Well, not the intent of it anyway. Her own
reasons for doing it were very much a secret.
No, her family understood her pursuit of the Marquess of Chichester even
if her father disagreed with it entirely, and her mother condoned it only so far
as it aided the other Lowe daughter in securing a match. The same Lowe
daughter who gave a soft snort to her left.
Winnie finally looked away from the parade of boats below them to find
her sister hiding a derisive expression behind her own fan.
“Is it really so awful he’s not here yet?” she murmured. Judging by the
stricken look that came over her little sister’s features when she found Winnie
gazing at her, Ingrid had probably thought the comment would be lost in the
cacophony of celebration.
Winnie frowned firmly enough to correct her sister, even though Winnie
agreed with her comment. It was rather a relief that Chichester was not there
yet. Perhaps for a little while longer Winnie wouldn’t be reminded of her
impending life sentence as Lady Winnaretta Creedmoor, the Marchioness of
“Why is it that they’re calling it the Strand Bridge? I thought we were
commemorating our victory at Waterloo.”
Winnie turned back to her mother. “You know how it is, Mother. The
government does what it can to bolster morale.”
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