By Dolores Gordon-Smith
It's 1922 and Jack Haldean, younger crime author and previous Royal Flying Corps pilot, is having fun with the neighborhood fete on a gorgeous summer's day in rural Sussex. yet then Jack's fellow officer, Jeremy Boscombe, is located useless within the fortune teller's tent and later an analogous day Boscombe's shady good friend, Reggie Morton, is murdered within the village pub. Jack's look for the reality will lead him again to the conflict of the Somme and an act of poor betrayal.
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But would he? Would he propose to a girl who was merely pretty but not beautiful? A girl with freckles on her nose, who had only recently been allowed to put her hair up? An orphan with only a bit of property in Northumberland and a vast knowledge of the romantic poets? He had to. He just had to! Nicola felt it as surely as she felt that the color ochre on a redheaded woman was an abomination. Really, the only cloud in Nicola's otherwise sunny existence was Nathaniel Sheridan, who took every opportunity that arose—and there were many, as the two of them were often thrown together at various balls and assemblies—to tease and bedevil her about Lord Sebastian.
It took Nicola a moment or two before she was able to collect herself enough to ask Nathaniel just what he supposed he'd been doing, cutting in on her cousin in such a manner. The hostesses at Almack's were far stricter than Madame Vieuxvincent had ever been, and would brook no sort of disagreeableness from their guests, especially difficulties over dances and dancing partners. Woe be it to a girl who agreed to a waltz, the daring new dance from the Continent, without the direct permission of one of the hostesses.
Where were the poor things to graze if they hadn't access to the abbey's fields? " the Grouser had burst out when Nicola had put this question to him. "Who cares about sheep? " Nicola, who did not appreciate being called a foolish girl to her face, could not quite understand what her decision to sell or not to sell had to do with the Grouser. It wasn't as if he would be enjoying any of the profits, since the abbey was hers. In any case, she had politely—Madame had instructed her girls very sternly that politeness was essential in all conversations, particularly ones with unpleasant relations—informed the Grouser that she hadn't the slightest intention of selling, and that he might give this prospective buyer her sincerest regrets.
A Fête Worse Than Death (Jack Haldean, Book 1) by Dolores Gordon-Smith