The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh

By Mary Balogh

In go back for the cash she and her kin desperately desire, omit Charity Duncan accepts a wedding suggestion from Lord Anthony Earheart, who simply desires to disappointed his domineering father, and lands up taking the union to center.

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The idea that his heir had been indiscreet enough to form a love match would strike his father as the ultimate vulgarity. "Tilldenwill be arriving here tomorrow with his countess and his daughter," the duke said. "They are coming to celebrate the formalizing of a betrothal between Lady Marie Lucas and my eldest son. There is to be a betrothal ball the night after tomorrow. " "You were fully aware of the match agreed upon seventeen years ago," his grace said. " "If there is a contract in existence," his son replied coolly, "it does not bear my signature, sir.

His father was not languishing on his deathbed, but he was undoubtedly in poor health. And his health was the reason for this homecoming. His grace ignored the question. "Your marriage is of recent date," he said. It was not a question. The marquess did not doubt that his father was familiar with every move he had made during the past eight years, though not a single letter had been exchanged between them—until the one that had summoned him home. "Yesterday," he said. Though he would have been just as married even without the consummation.

Oh," she said. He could see that her head was turned in his direction. He kept his eyes directed beyond the window. " "Not all," he said. " Marianne wrote to him occasionally—she was the only one. She had married the Earl ofTwynham six years ago. They had three children. Charles must be twenty now. Augusta would be eight—twenty years younger than he. There had been seventeen pregnancies in twenty years for his mother. He did not want to think of his mother. "How happy you must be, then," his wife said—he had almost forgotten that she shared the carriage with him, "to be coming home.

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