By Jo Beverley

Prudence Youlgrave is out to marry above her station and safe a cheerful lifestyles. Catesby Burgoyne is out to proceed his noble family's solid identify. while destiny pushes them jointly, they're married-but this inconvenient marriage of comfort quick becomes anything a lot more...

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Even his nails were buffed to a shine. Cate had always assumed his elegance was the work of his valet, but in a great sacrifice, Perry had left Auguste to follow with Jeb and the extra luggage so he and Cate could travel at best speed. Perry’s clothing was also suitable for mourning, which Cate’s was not. For bride hunting, he’d laid out his limited funds on fashionable finery. Perry would have lent Cate anything in his wardrobe, but unfortunately he was half a head shorter than Cate and of a more slender build.

Cate was wearing the soberest clothes he had—his riding clothes. Leather breeches, brown jacket, plain buff waistcoat, and boots were acceptable country wear, but hardly funereal, even with a black band on his arm and black gloves. Perhaps he should attempt to buy some other clothes here, wherever it was. He looked up at the inn sign. The Golden Lion. He was in Northallerton. Memory stopped him in his tracks. He turned, and there, surely, was the narrow lane on which Hera lived. Or had lived. If all had gone well with her, she’d be in Darlington now with her brother.

She had new gowns, hats, footwear, and everything else necessary for her presentation as a lady. As far as the merchants were concerned, Aaron was paying the bills, but the money came from Susan. In a marriage everything should be his, but by some legal device her brother had only an allowance. The rest of Susan’s marriage portion was secured to her and the children of the marriage. Trustees oversaw it, but her father held ultimate command. Prudence felt for her brother, but didn’t blame Susan.

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