Fool's Masquerade

By Joan Wolf

"A girl in hide …

Valentine Ardsley disguised herself as a teenage boy to take a task as groom at the great Yorkshire property of the arrogantly confident, imperiously good-looking Lord Diccon Leyburn, yet her bold break out from the slim confines of younger ladyhood didn't final lengthy.

Valentine used to be unmasked through Lord Leyburn with shameful ease. Even worse, whilst Leyburn made her a proposal of marriage, he made it insultingly transparent that this was once a question of accountability on his half, and positively now not hope.

Never could Valentine settle for such an odious provide. as an alternative she may visit London to discover a gentleman who would actually love her – whether this intended pretending she might love any guy however the infuriatingly impossible to resist Lord Leyburn in go back …

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What with the resurgence of curiosity in Jane Austen, Regency romances are having fun with a renewed recognition. Veteran novelist Wolf (best recognized for her prehistoric The Reindeer Hunters), turns in her personal pleasant addition, person who combines sensuality and fervour with a lively first-person narrative. while Kate Fitzgerald's horse-trader father is killed, she's put along with her malicious uncle, who spitefully maneuvers her into marriage with Adrian, Earl of Greystone. Waterloo hero Greystone accepts the unlucky state of affairs, yet Kate falls deeply in love. opposed to the colourful racetrack heritage of the operating of the Guineas at Newmarket, she schemes to entrap the aristocrat who murdered her father.
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Joan Wolf is a united states this day bestselling writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her nationwide acceptance as a grasp of the style. Her many historic and modern romances were hugely praised by way of reviewers and authors alike. Publisher's Weekly reviewed one in every of her novels as ""historical fiction at its finest."" Joan used to be born in long island urban yet has lived such a lot of her existence in Connecticut along with her husband, young children and various pets. An avid rider and horse proprietor, she enjoys that includes horses in her novels.

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His lips twitched. “Assuredly. ” Grandmama brightened significantly. “I may still desire so,” I acknowledged, and Mr. Brummell laughed. there has been a stir on the door and that i appeared as much as see that Diccon used to be coming in. He used to be wearing black night outfits and his black hair was once brushed and gentle on his arrogantly held head. He seemed like an angel in mortal costume. “Leyburn. ” It used to be the Prince of Wales’ voice. He beamed at Diccon, his entire well-corseted individual exuding solid humor. “My pricey fellow, this can be a nice excitement.

Do you play, my lord? ” “Yes. ” simply that unmarried observe, without qualifiers and no disclaimers. He performed. “What do you want to listen to? ” he requested. I acquired up from the piano. “Haydn’s ‘Sonata quantity 5 in C significant? ’ “ I requested tentatively. It used to be a bit whose trouble was once approximately at the point of the Mozart I had simply performed. He smiled very faintly and sat down in my vacated position. I knew right now why the piano used to be in such excellent music. He performed as he did every thing else: with the brilliance that was once a vital part of his nature.

The Fitzallans had lengthy seeing that ceased to play an lively function within the executive of significant Britain, however the Earl of Leyburn had remained over the centuries an undisputed strength within the north. The earl may perhaps make just a infrequent visual appeal in London, yet nobody had any doubt as to who managed Yorkshire’s vote within the Commons. I had realized quite a lot in regards to the Fitzallans from a tender lieutenant in my father’s regiment who have been stationed with us in eire. He used to be himself from Richmond and he had usually joined me for a protracted gallop over the Curragh.

On the foot of the mattress I observed Mr. Fitzallan and Mrs. Emerson, the housekeeper. I drank the lemonade the earl used to be protecting to my lips and seemed up into his face. “I’m sorry,” I whispered. He nodded gravely and diminished me again onto the pillow. I closed my eyes. I take note little or no of the following few days. i used to be very distant from Carlton fort, reliving time and again the negative second whilst observe had come to Lisbon that there were an exceptional conflict at Corunna and the English dependents needs to evacuate.

I requested. “It is difficult to place it into phrases. It’s an figuring out, yet it’s an emotion in addition. ” I nodded. “Do you play, my lord? ” “Yes. ” simply that unmarried note, without qualifiers and no disclaimers. He performed. “What do you want to listen to? ” he requested. I acquired up from the piano. “Haydn’s ‘Sonata quantity 5 in C significant? ’ “ I requested tentatively. It was once a bit whose trouble was once approximately at the point of the Mozart I had simply performed. He smiled very faintly and sat down in my vacated position. I knew instantly why the piano used to be in such ideal song.

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