The Famous Heroine by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

Beloved New York occasions bestselling writer Mary Balogh spins vintage tales of Regency England—splendid novels of fallacious id and unmistakable ardour, the place marriage is just the start of precise love.
THE recognized HEROINE
Cora Downes has attractiveness, spirit, and funds, 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 lovely banquets, bejeweled robes, and snobbish criteria, Cora is readily compromised right into a marriage—to a frivolous lord whose pursuits appear to lie somewhere else. yet may perhaps piercingly blue-eyed and well-mannered Francis Kneller develop into the main unforeseen love of her life?
Alistair Munro, the Duke of Bridgwater, is seeking love outdoor the boundaries of well mannered society. And that’s what he expects to obtain while he rescues a likely disreputable woman in a colourful bonnet off the aspect of the line. but Stephanie grey, a former governess, has lately come into funds and is keen for a formal fit with a well-born guy. certain that he’s sullied her identify, Alistair bargains marriage to make amends. And during this not likely union, Stephanie and Alistair make a welcome discovery—that occasionally it’s attainable to marry first, then fall in love.

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Lady Markley's ballroom was stuffed full of the ton in all its jeweled splendor—all the ton and Cora Downes. The vast majority of those present were probably mere misters and misseses and misses, she reassured herself as she paused just inside the doorway with her three companions, surely the most conspicuous place of all to stand in any ballroom. She had to resist the urge to look down at herself to make sure she had remembered to put on her gown. The duchess would surely have thought before now of commenting on its absence if indeed she was clad in merely her shift.

His grace was all elegance and formality and ducal hauteur. Cora had had the uncomfortable feeling that his grace did not approve of her even though he had bowed over her hand and even raised it to his lips—she had stood rooted to the morning-room floor, stupidly awed by the knowledge that he was a duke , a real live duke—and assured her of his pleasure in meeting her. He had even thanked her over the little Henry incident. Little Henry was his nephew, of course, and heir to his grace's heir. But even so it had startled her to find that the Duke of Bridgwater had heard about the little Henry incident.

Lord Francis's heart took a nosedive to land somewhere in the vicinity of the soles of his dancing shoes, a place where it had resided with disturbing frequency for several weeks past. He was nursing a broken heart—in the soles of his shoes. He had not even realized quite how deeply in love with Samantha he had been until she had announced quite out of the blue a mere few weeks ago as she was on her way to the park with him in his phaeton that she was going to marry the Marquess of Carew. Carew!

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