The Famous Heroine by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Beloved New York instances bestselling writer Mary Balogh spins vintage tales of Regency England—splendid novels of wrong id and unmistakable ardour, the place marriage is just the start of actual love.
THE well-known HEROINE
Cora Downes has good looks, spirit, and cash, yet no breeding. but whilst she profits renown for a bold rescue, she unearths herself thrust into excessive society. blameless and adrift in a global of gorgeous banquets, bejeweled robes, and snobbish criteria, Cora is readily compromised right into a marriage—to a frivolous lord whose pursuits appear to lie in different places. yet may perhaps piercingly blue-eyed and well-mannered Francis Kneller change into the main unforeseen love of her life?
Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, is seeking love outdoors the limits of well mannered society. And that’s what he expects to obtain while he rescues a doubtless disreputable woman in a colourful bonnet off the facet of the line. but Stephanie grey, a former governess, has lately come into cash and is keen for a formal fit with a well-born guy. convinced that he’s sullied her identify, Alistair bargains marriage to make amends. And during this not going union, Stephanie and Alistair make a welcome discovery—that occasionally it’s attainable to marry first, then fall in love.

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What is your name ? I was woolgathering when his grace presented you to me—or perhaps I was still flustered over the fact that I had tripped over my own feet and would have disgraced myself utterly instead of only partially if you had not stepped smartly forward and grabbed me. I am always woolgathering when something important is being said. It drives my papa insane. " "Kneller," he said, repressing the urge to chuckle. "It is the family name of the dukes of Fairhurst. " "Oh," she said with an openmouthed gasp, "you are the brother of a duke .

Though they had been acquainted for years, it was only in the past couple of weeks or so that they had had any dealings together. Bridgwater was Carew's friend and Lord Francis was Samantha's—yes, he was, he admitted ruefully, even though he had wanted to be very much more than just that— and they had closed ranks, the two of them, he and Bridgwater when that fiend Rushford had insulted Samantha and Carew had been forced to challenge him despite a partially crippled leg and arm. They had both become his seconds, Bridgwater by Carew's request, Lord Francis by his own.

But mostly she wanted a husband for affection and companionship and for—well, for the other. She had no particularly clear picture of what was involved in that other, but she was very convinced that she would like it excessively. Provided she felt an affection for her husband, that was. And she knew that she would like to have children. Perhaps, she thought, she should merely have had Lord Francis escort her back into the ballroom. She could have sat through the rest of the evening without disturbing anyone else.

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