Where the Stars Meet the Sea by Heidi Kimball EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Heidi Kimball
- Genre: Regency Romances, Clean & Wholesome Romance, Regency Historical Romance
- Publish Date: 2 March 2020
- Size: 2 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
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Norfolk, England, 1819
WHEN I SAW THE OPPORTUNITY for escape, I took it.
Members of the dinner party made their way to the
drawing room, but I edged away from the crowd, heading in
the opposite direction. With a backward glance, I turned the
corner into a dimly lit hallway, hoping no one had seen me
break away. The voices grew fainter. Leaning against the wall,
I felt the intricate wood molding dig into my back. I debated
risking a peek around the corner.
“Juliet?” Aunt Agnes’s shrill voice sounded.
Fearful she had seen me retreat, I hurried forward. This
hallway would offer me little protection if she suspected my
intentions. A plush rug ran the length of the corridor, muting
my footsteps as I tiptoed down the hall. Nothing looked
familiar from the tour we’d received upon our arrival earlier
today, and I scolded myself for not paying closer attention.
To my left a door rested slightly ajar. I pushed it open and
slipped inside. The library. I closed the door behind me and
leaned against it with a sigh. Escaping Aunt Agnes’s watchful
eye for even a few moments was a great relief.
The library was dark, save for the flickering light of the
fire, whose flames danced across the room’s shelves. The
cavernous ceiling stretched beyond my view, enshrouded in an
inky blackness. I shivered against the chill of the large room,
where the faint smell of pipe smoke lingered in the air.
Drawing near the fireplace, I missed the quaint library at home
—my own personal retreat. It served as a sanctuary from Aunt
Agnes’s demands and, more recently, cousin Robert’s
unsolicited professions of love.
My head ached with the tedium of conversation at
tonight’s dinner and the multitude of pins sticking into my
scalp. I removed my gloves and pulled the pins out one by
one, letting my hair fall down my back. The sting eased, and
my hand skimmed over the mantel as the fire warmed me.
When had Robert’s feelings changed? Robert had ever
been my ally, my best friend, the one person who truly
understood me. Until, all at once, he completely
misunderstood me. He had ruined everything between us, for I
could never see him as anything but a brother. My palms
began to sweat just thinking of it.
I shivered, wishing for the warmth of a cup of chocolate.
Ever since that day of Robert’s confession, there’d been a
sense of aloneness, a chill inside me—one the fire couldn’t
reach. I idly fingered a small porcelain figurine, a slender
woman holding a fan, atop the mantel. One of my knuckles
brushed against it a bit carelessly, and the figurine slipped and
crashed to the floor.
On my knees in an instant, I began picking up pieces,
though the matter was hopeless. “Oh dear.” I blew out a heavy
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