The Way to Capture a Marquess’s Heart by Bridget Barton : A Historical Regency Romance Book
English | 2019 | Romance, Historical | ePUB | 1.1 Mb
The Way to Capture : Alice Campell has been burned once before by betrayal and unrequited love, so marriage is not a topic she wishes to discuss. When she meets a charming Marquess who also loathes the very thought of romance, she is more than excited to have made a new friend. Soon enough, she finds herself in a position of questioning even her own feelings, until she realizes her father’s gambling habit has put her family in a precarious financial position. Could a secretly arranged marriage get them out of this messy situation or is it too late already?
“Alice longed for her room and paintbrush, imagining herself holding the brush in her hand and painting strokes of colour on a blank canvas. The ball was as terrible as she thought it would be, and she had had enough. Violet had vanished with Beatrice almost as soon as they had arrived an hour ago, and Alice had been left to nurse the same drink she had been given ever since. She felt like one of her sister’s dolls in her pink dress with gold embroidery and a manteau to match. The simple yet effective updo on her head would have been acceptable if Violet had not insisted on the wisps of hair about her face. Alice could not count the number of times she had tucked the strands behind her ears or pulled the bodice of her dress up further. While her gown was nowhere near as revealing as some of the fair maidens in the room, it was undoubtedly lower cut than what she was accustomed to. Already, some men had glanced appreciatively in her direction, but she had stopped them from approaching her with a stare. Her chaperone, Mrs Jersey, a close friend of the family, was no help at all as she was only too happy to gossip about the guests.
“Mrs Jersey, I shall return in a moment.”
The woman frowned. “Where do you wish to go? Tell me, and I shall go with you.”
“No, no, I merely wish to get a fresh glass of wine. Would you like me to get you one as well?”