White Horses

By Joan Wolf

"**January 1813—the British military is getting ready to move the Pyrenees and enhance opposed to Napoleon's military. just one factor stands within the way—funds. it is going to take humans masquerading as fans to hold out a deadly plan…**

Despite inheriting the touring *Cirque Equestre*—France's proudest equestrian tradition—Gabrielle Rochon has no loyalty to the emperor who destroyed her family's lifestyle. self sufficient and headstrong, she pledges to assist the British military, figuring out her past due father may have performed an analogous. yet her undertaking to smuggle gold throughout France in the *cirque* to the Duke of Wellington's headquarters in Spain is one the British won't permit her do by myself.

Colonel Leo Branford—an conceited, notable foreigner—is ordered to play the a part of her husband in order that he could escort the gold with no arousing enemy suspicions.

While Gabrielle is pissed off that she needs to publicly bow to his each whim, the risk of the undertaking binds them in a disturbingly intimate manner. With French troops precariously as regards to uncovering their charade, it's crucial that neither of them put out of your mind their purpose…or themselves.

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The place is every body else? ” “Gone to the café down the street,” Mathieu pronounced. Leo walked over to examine the chessboard. Mathieu used to be successful. “Would you care to have a tumbler of wine earlier than going to mattress? ” Gabrielle stated to Leo. “We may well stroll right down to the café for those who like. ” Leo agreed and Gabrielle stated, “Let me become whatever in addition to this skirt and boots. ” As Gabrielle left the room, he became his cognizance to the chess video game. “Whose flip is it? ” he requested. “Mine,” Albert stated. He picked up a bit and Leo stated, “Are you definite you need to stream that?

Come alongside, then. we need to be again in time for the second one convey. ” the 1st shop they went into was once a men’s shop in a slim cobbled road now not faraway from the cathedral. Leo left the wagon with Tonton and Jacques tied to a hitching submit and so they went into the shop. “May I assist you, monsieur? ” the clerk stated as he got here as much as them. Leo was once taking a look round the store with disdain. “My husband is seeking a crimson searching jacket, and we'd like it correct away,” Gabrielle advised the clerk. The clerk checked out Leo.

Mathieu grinned. “I understand. ” He appeared so like his sister while he smiled like that. Leo checked out the clock and acknowledged, “I imagine i'll stroll right down to the café and notice what’s occurring. ” “They’ll simply be consuming wine and talking,” Albert stated. “That’s what they continuously do. ” “You don’t sound very interested,” Leo acknowledged. “Oh, it’s high-quality. yet a night like this can be nicer. For a short time it used to be like Papa used to be again with us. ” “Didn’t your papa visit the café? ” “Sometimes he did. yet he might stick with us more often than not, enjoying chess with Mathieu whereas I drew.

Pierre gave Jeanne a glance of baffled fury and longing. Then he mumbled, “No. inform Gabrielle that we'll be on our greatest habit any further. ” “All right,” Leo acknowledged dubiously. “But I anticipate you either to stick in your phrases. ” “We will, Leo,” Pierre acknowledged. A tight-lipped Jeanne nodded. Leo left them jointly within the salon, hoping that may be the top of 1 extra distraction. Twenty-Eight Gabrielle was once status by way of the dresser, nonetheless in her outfits, whilst Leo got here into the room. He were hoping to discover her in mattress.

Now we have an early begin day after today. ” She snuggled her head into her pillow, content material for the 1st time in a long time. “Good evening, Leo. ” Twenty-Six while Leo aroused from sleep the subsequent morning, Gabrielle was once nonetheless asleep. He propped himself up on his elbow and watched her face: the delicately molded lips, the positive cheekbones, the lengthy darkish lashes mendacity so lightly on her cheeks. He sought after her. He glanced on the window, on the mild coming in less than the partly drawn colour, and sighed. How great it might be to get Gabrielle all to himself—no canines, no circus, not anyone other than the 2 of them.

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