Мэри Бэлоу: Someone to Wed

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Мэри Бэлоу Someone to Wed
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    Someone to Wed
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    Little, Brown Book Group
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    Историческая проза / на английском языке
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    2017
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    Английский
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**A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the** New York Times **bestselling author of** Someone to Hold **.** When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . . A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. .

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Mary Balogh grew up in Wales and now lives with husband Robert in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has written more than 100 historical novels and novellas, more than 30 of which have been New York Times bestsellers. They include the Slightly sestet (the Bedwyn saga), the Simply quartet, the Huxtable quintet, the Westcott series and the Survivors’ Club series.

Visit Mary Balogh online:

www.marybalogh.com

www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryBalogh



Praise for Mary Balogh:

‘One of the best!’

Julia Quinn

‘Today’s superstar heir to the marvelous legacy of Georgette Heyer (except a lot steamier)’

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

‘Ms Balogh is a veritable treasure, a matchless storyteller who makes our hearts melt with delight’

Romantic Times

‘Balogh is truly a find’

Publishers Weekly

‘Balogh is the queen of spicy Regency-era romance, creating memorable characters in unforgettable stories’

Booklist



By Mary Balogh

Mistress Couplet:

NO MAN’S MISTRESS

MORE THAN A MISTRESS

THE SECRET MISTRESS

(PREQUEL TO THE MISTRESS COUPLET SERIES)

Huxtables Series:

FIRST COMES MARRIAGE

THEN COMES SEDUCTION

AT LAST COMES LOVE

SEDUCING AN ANGEL

A SECRET AFFAIR

Simply Quartet:

SIMPLY UNFORGETTABLE

SIMPLY LOVE

SIMPLY MAGIC

SIMPLY PERFECT

Bedwyn Series:

ONE NIGHT FOR LOVE

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER

SLIGHTLY MARRIED

SLIGHTLY WICKED

SLIGHTLY SCANDALOUS

SLIGHTLY TEMPTED

SLIGHTLY SINFUL

SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS

Survivors’ Club Series:

THE PROPOSAL

THE ARRANGEMENT

THE ESCAPE

ONLY ENCHANTING

ONLY A PROMISE

ONLY A KISS

ONLY BELOVED

The Westcott Series:

SOMEONE TO LOVE

SOMEONE TO HOLD

SOMEONE TO WED

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Copyright

Published by Piatkus

ISBN: 978-0-349-41918-3

All characters and events in this publication, other than those clearly in the public domain, are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Copyright © 2017 Mary Balogh

The moral right of the author has been asserted.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior permission in writing of the publisher.

The publisher is not responsible for websites (or their content) that are not owned by the publisher.

Piatkus

Little, Brown Book Group

Carmelite House

50 Victoria Embankment

London EC4Y 0DZ

www.littlebrown.co.uk

www.hachette.co.uk



Contents

About the Author

Praise for Mary Balogh:

By Mary Balogh

Title Page

Copyright

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-one

Chapter Twenty-two

Chapter Twenty-three

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One

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“The Earl of Riverdale,” the butler announced after opening wide the double doors of the drawing room as though to admit a regiment and then standing to one side so that the gentleman named could stride past him.

The announcement was not strictly necessary. Wren had heard the arrival of his vehicle, and guessed it was a curricle rather than a traveling carriage, although she had not got to her feet to look. And he was almost exactly on time. She liked that. The two gentlemen who had come before him had been late, one by all of half an hour. Those two had been sent on their way as soon as was decently possible, though not only because of their tardiness. Mr. Sweeney, who had come a week ago, had bad teeth and a way of stretching his mouth to expose them at disconcertingly frequent intervals even when he was not actually smiling. Mr. Richman, who had come four days ago, had had no discernible personality, a fact that had been quite as disconcerting as Mr. Sweeney’s teeth. Now here came the third.

He strode forward a few paces before coming to an abrupt halt as the butler closed the doors behind him. He looked about the room with apparent surprise at the discovery that it was occupied only by two women, one of whom—Maude, Wren’s maid—was seated off in a corner, her head bent over some needlework, in the role of chaperon. His eyes came to rest upon Wren and he bowed.

“Miss Heyden?” It was a question.

Her first reaction after her initial approval of his punctuality was acute dismay. One glance told her he was not at all what she wanted.

He was tall, well formed, immaculately, elegantly tailored, dark haired, and impossibly handsome. And young—in his late twenties or early thirties, at a guess. If she were to dream up the perfect hero for the perfect romantic fairy tale, she could not do better than the very real man standing halfway across the room, waiting for her to confirm that she was indeed the lady who had invited him to take tea at Withington House.

But this was no fairy tale, and the sheer perfection of him alarmed her and caused her to lean back farther in her chair and deeper into the shade provided by the curtains drawn across the window on her side of the fireplace. She had not wanted a handsome man or even a particularly young man. She had hoped for someone older, more ordinary, perhaps balding or acquiring a bit of a paunch, pleasant-looking but basically … well, ordinary. With decent teeth and at least something of a personality. But she could hardly deny her identity and dismiss him without further ado.

“Yes,” she said. “How do you do, Lord Riverdale? Do have a seat.” She gestured to the chair across the hearth from her own. She knew something of social manners and ought, of course, to have risen to greet him, but she had good reason to keep to the shadows, at least for now.

He eyed the chair as he approached it and sat with obvious reluctance. “I do beg your pardon,” he said. “I appear to be early. Punctuality is one of my besetting sins, I am afraid. I always make the mistake of assuming that when I am invited somewhere for half past two, I am expected to arrive at half past two. I hope some of your other guests will be here soon, including a few ladies.”

She was further alarmed when he smiled. If it was possible to look more handsome than handsome, he was looking it. He had perfect teeth, and his eyes crinkled attractively at the corners when he smiled. And his eyes were very blue. Oh, this was wretched. Who was number four on her list?

“Punctuality is a virtue as far as I am concerned, Lord Riverdale,” she said. “I am a businesswoman, as perhaps you are aware. To run a successful business, one must respect other people’s time as well as one’s own. You are on time. You see?” She swept one hand toward the clock ticking on the mantel. “It is twenty-five minutes to three. And I am not expecting any other guests.”

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