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A Dangerous Seduction by Patricia Frances Rowell

By Patricia Frances Rowell

Revenge used to be a type of Justice

One ideally suited to the rocky coast of Cornwall that Morgan Pendaris may back name domestic. Having received again his birthright, he may well now enjoy his identify, his lands...and the unique charms of Lalia, the widow of his enemy--who held his middle within the palm of her hand.

What expense Love?

Sold in the course of girlhood right into a loveless marriage, Lalia Hayne had by no means recognized the shelter of a real lover's fingers. yet now Morgan Pendaris had come to say her domestic as his personal, and she or he chanced on herself all at once keen to offer whatever for one contact of ardour in a stranger's include!

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He gestured with his head. ‘Dad runs the carriages for the Balcombes. ’ ‘Me neither. ’ She nodded. ’ ‘That’s good. ’ ‘Why not? ’ Gracie leaned her cheek against the horse’s neck. ’ ‘Boney gets to know everyone. ’ When he laughed, his eyes disappeared and his crinkly hair danced as if it were on springs. ‘I talk to Toby too,’ said Gracie. ‘I bet he hasn’t given you a key to his precious garden. ’ So Bonaparte wasn’t a thief! ‘Toby trusts him,’ said Gilbert. ’ ‘Toby says no. It’s too long since he was brought here as a slave.

34 Gracie & the Emperor-pp 31/3/03 3:13 PM Page 35 Five Though Gracie’s work didn’t start until 8 o’clock, she chose to walk to The Briars each afternoon in daylight. Most evenings, she came upon the Malay gardener finishing his day’s work near the grape arbour. He was careful to lock the gate into his vegetable garden. Nobody was allowed there without his consent. This day she found him tending his special patch of lawn. A chair stood beside the crown in the grass. ‘Boney sit here,’ he told Gracie.

And you can walk miles and miles through bluebell woods,’ said Hester. ’ ‘A ... ’ Jess stared at Hester. ’ ‘My mother tells me. ’ She glanced at Gracie and a shadow flicked across her eyes. ‘I’m sorry. ’ ‘It’s all right. My mother never lived in a place like that. ’ Gracie pushed damp hair out of her eyes and turned her face to the sea. 48 Gracie & the Emperor-pp 31/3/03 3:13 PM Page 49 ‘In Mother’s village, there were swans, and houses with thatched roofs,’ said Peggy. She saw the puzzle in Gracie’s eyes.

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