Second Chance

Second Chance

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Verity Morrison wants to shepherd her niece Lisbet through a London season and see her safely wed, preferably to her childhood chum Charlie Pemberton. Verity never dreams that to do so she will have to deal with her wild, estranged sister Catherine, a fortune-hunting cad or an engaging rogue of a highwayman, all while conforming to the strict rules of Regency society. Nor is Verity prepared to face Bradford Pemberton, Charlie's uncle and the long-lost love of her youth. Once accused of cheating at cards, Bradford left England, broken-hearted because Verity would not fly with him. Now a successful planter on a remote island, he has decided to visit his homeland once more. In his heart he carries an image of Verity, though practically he knows that her land-mad father will have married her off years before. He has contacted his nephew Charlie and the two plan to spend a few days together playing tourist in London. Fate intervenes, though, and after being absolved of any wrongdoing so many years before Bradford is swept into the heart of the Ton. Catherine, who has always loved Bradford, is delighted to see him and in hopes of having him all to her herself allows him to continue believing that Verity is married.Scandalized at the letters she is receiving from Lisbet, Verity goes to Town to keep the child from being utterly ruined by Catherine's wild behavior. Verity's friend Annabelle is delighted to help, but exacts a price - Verity must re-enter Society herself.Although only a green girl, Lisbet is still smart enough to realize that her aunt Catherine is in a fair way to ruining both of them, but even that pales when she falls in love. Stacey Smythe-White is a Captain Sharp and a skirter to whom Catherine owes a great deal of money. Stacey is fond enough of Lisbet, but dearly loves the fortune she will inherit. He woos her and turns her head.Charlie has also had his head turned by a charming young Incomparable named Eustacie Featherstonehaugh. Both he and Lisbet are madly in love with their new flirts until they realize how badly their loves stack up against their childhood friend. When Stacey, realizing his hold over Lisbet is slipping, abducts her with an eye to a quick marriage and settlement, both the Pemberton men swing into action. Verity too, rides to the rescue, but tries to keep her identity secret and almost succeeds.There is a welter of misunderstandings, mistaken identities, an abduction and a counter-abduction, all of which only make things worse until the truth is revealed and each man acts to claim his beloved.
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 9781587496974

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