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Genna Summerfield first glimpsed him out of the corner of her eye, a distant horseman galloping across the land, all power and grace and heedless abandon. A thrilling sight. Beautiful grey steed, its rider in a topcoat of matching grey, billowing behind him. Horse and rider looked as if they had been created from the clouds that were now covering the sky with grey. Could she capture it on paper? She grabbed her sketch pad and charcoal and quickly drew. She put down the sketch pad and charcoal and turned back to painting the scene in the valley below her, her reason for sitting upon this hill in this cold December air.
How she wished she could also paint the galloping horse and rider. What a challenge it would be to paint all those shades of grey, at the same time conveying all the power and movement. Was he coming to oust her from the property? To chase her from this perfect vantage point?
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He was a gentleman judging by the sheer fineness of his topcoat and tall hat and the way he sat in the saddle, as if it were his due to be above everyone else. She showed him her hands. She looked into his face. A strong face, long, but not thin, with a straight nose that perfectly suited him, and thick dark brows. His hair, just visible beneath his hat was also dark.
His eyes were a spellbinding caramel, flecked with darker brown. She would love to paint such a memorable face. A relation, perhaps? She knew Lord Penford was her cousin, but that was about all she knew of him. Just her luck. This man was his guest. The smile on his face froze and she had her answer. Of her late father, Sir Hollis Summerfield of Yardney, who lost his fortune in a series of foolish investments. And her mother who was legendary for having many lovers, including the one with whom she eloped when Genna was almost too little to remember her.
Who in society had not heard of the scandalous Summerfields? I have disturbed nothing and only wished to come here this one time to paint this view. Genna was not so certain. She shook her head. The magic was gone; the spell broken. It is a bit of a walk.
So they, unlike Lorene, could make respectable marriages and marry for love. Genna had not forgiven Lorene for doing such a thing—sacrificing her own happiness like that, chaining herself to that old, disagreeable man. And for what? Did not love ultimately wind up hurting oneself and others? Rossdale put his fingers on the edge of it to keep it from blowing away. His brow furrowed. She unfastened the paper from the easel and carefully placed a sheet of tissue over it. She slipped it in a leather envelope.
The wind gusted again. She turned away from it and packed up hurriedly, folding the easel and her stool, closing her paints, pouring out her jug of water and wrapping her brushes in a rag. She placed them all in a huge canvas satchel. No more than five miles. He nodded in a conciliatory manner. May I convey you to Tinmore Hall, then? She almost laughed.
Did he not know what could happen if a Summerfield sister was caught in a storm with a man? Although Genna would never let matters go so far, not like her sister Tess who wound up married to a man after being caught in a storm. Why not risk a ride with Rossdale? This is one story to not miss if you enjoy a tale where you start out pretending and something more develops. You cannot help but fall in love with both Ross and Genna. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two spirited individuals realize what they truly wanted out life, and Diane Gaston definitely takes them on a very adventurous journey of self-discovery.
Diane Gaston expertly brings every situation to life with much realism….
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Due to begin her teaching position at Miss Martin's School in Bath, Frances must try to forget that one extraordinary night - and the man who touched her with such exquisite tenderness and abandon. Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh delights fans with historical romantic tales that touch the heart.
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