Welcome back! I've got another snippet from Love's Refrain, my summer regency from Astraea Press. One of the ways regency couples got to know each other was to go for rides. A chaperone was always present, of course. Lady Laura Montgomery is chaperone for her stepsister's first outing with Andrew, Earl of Covington.
Andrew sat back in his seat and allowed Lady Juliet to chatter. The barouche he'd hired had a seat wide enough for himself, Lady Juliet, and Lady Laura to sit comfortably. He would have preferred to discuss topics other than the weather and fashion, but Lady Juliet kept a steady stream of commentary. And she was quite lovely.
He'd been furious with his mother for tricking him into this outing, and he'd told her as much when they'd left the Montgomery home that morning. She'd blithely informed him she'd decided since he'd been reluctant to choose a bride she would help him find one.
He had enjoyed his conversation with Lady Laura. She was pleasant enough in appearance, though she was no beauty like her sister. But Lady Laura shared a passion for the theater and knowledge about classical literature, music and art. She still looked familiar, but he couldn't remember where he had seen her. Perhaps she'd been a friend of Priscilla's. He'd have to ask her one day.
"What do you think, my lord?"
He'd done it again. He had no idea what Juliet had said. "Er, I'm not sure." He leaned forward and made eye contact with her sister. "What is your opinion, Lady Laura?"
Lady Laura's eyes twinkled, and her mouth curved into a wide grin. Had she guessed his dilemma? "My lord, I believe it is of utmost importance, indeed," she replied.
Blast. I still don't know what Lady Juliet was talking about.
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