By Mary Balogh

ISBN-10: 0786752211

ISBN-13: 9780786752218

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Bernard Mason was not a gentleman by birth but rather a self-made man who had spent lavishly of his enormous wealth on all the trappings of gentility, including the very best education for his only son and a large country estate in Wiltshire. He was, by his own estimation, lord of all he surveyed—except the world of the beau monde, which looked down upon him along its collective nose as a very inferior being and an upstart to boot. As a consequence, he heartily despised the ton—and dreamed incessantly of finding a way into its hallowed ranks.

You could have the best of it all. ” Reggie shrugged and refrained from pointing out the lack of logic in his father’s attitude toward the beau monde. “I am accepted well enough by all the gentlemen I know,” he said. “I went to school with half of them. As for the ladies, well, who needs them? ” He made a careless, dismissive gesture with one well-manicured hand. His father’s large hand slammed down flat on the desk. ” “Time enough to think of that,” Reggie said hastily, “when I am thirty-five or so.

I might,” she said as he bent and handed her her spencer. He kept hold of her bonnet until she was ready for it. “Just so that I know never to come here again,” he added. “Suit yourself,” she told him. But there was something like a smile in his eyes, and Annabelle laughed out loud. He laughed back at her. “We could be friends,” she said. He pulled a face. “We had better not let anyone know when we go to church,” he said. “I will not look at you at all,” she said, “because I am not allowed to.

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