A Worthy Wife (Signet Regency Romance) by Barbara Metzger

By Barbara Metzger

Aurora's fiance used to be speeding, well-bred--and already married! thankfully, the scoundrel's brother-in-law was resolute to avoid wasting Aurora from disgrace--even if he needed to marry her himself...

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Heavens, he might even pity her enough to reconsider, and then he'd be miserable for the rest of his days. No, Aurora could not do that to such a fine gentleman. She kept her eyes firmly on the magazine in her lap. So what if it was a journal on sheep shearing? If she wasn't going to be a countess, the saints knew she needed another career. How could he think that she should be presented to London's beau monde, and by a duchess, no less? She'd be nothing but a Phoxinus phoxinus , a minnow in a pool of glittering goldfish.

The earl did make sure the blackguard understood his ultimatum: if Podell ever returned to England, he would face criminal charges, a military tribunal, and Windham's Mantons. Lord Phelan offered to take charge of the prisoner until Kenyon could make arrangements in London to have the shabster shipped off. Since the wedding breakfast would have been long since spoiled, and the invited guests long since gone about their business, no one could argue with the earl's plan to cut short the nuptial celebrations.

Windham was too nice a man to burden with guilty feelings. He'd pity her. Heavens, he might even pity her enough to reconsider, and then he'd be miserable for the rest of his days. No, Aurora could not do that to such a fine gentleman. She kept her eyes firmly on the magazine in her lap. So what if it was a journal on sheep shearing? If she wasn't going to be a countess, the saints knew she needed another career. How could he think that she should be presented to London's beau monde, and by a duchess, no less?

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