A Charming Lady for the Intriguing Baronet – Extended Epilogue

Six Years Later…

Selina gazed out of her parlour window, sipping her tea. This had become her daily routine, a moment of peace before the day indeed started. She had learnt to enjoy these moments because they certainly did not last. More so now that they were organising the annual inclusive ball. Alex had remained true to his word and continued to have a ball once a year that included his servants on the guest list.

“Our servants,” she corrected.

This Christmas would mark their sixth wedding anniversary, and Selina had managed to convince her husband not to throw a lavish party in honour of it.

“Not that it was an easy thing to achieve. Alex does so love to celebrate.”

This year alone had seen four balls and too many dinner parties to count. Not that she minded. She did enjoy hosting the dinner parties and balls.

“It never occurred to me that I would become a society wife, hosting balls as though I was born to do it. But I do stand by the rule that it must be inviting, full of laughter and good food. I cannot abide by those stiff dinners that we subject ourselves to every now and then.”

Just last week they had attended a dinner party thrown by Mr and Mrs Willoughby. While Selina did not bear any grudges against Lavinia or Willoughby for that matter, she would not readily make it a habit of attending any events organised by them. Willoughby had been the same as always, intent on proving his superior knowledge in every subject while Lavinia sat quietly by, seemingly not willing to include herself in the conversations.

“It was unlike her. One would think that she was unhappy.”

Which was why she endeavoured to invite her to tea one of these days.

“Perhaps she just needs a listening ear. She must be bored with a man such as Willoughby.”

Selina smiled when she heard giggles coming from the hallway. Moments later, Alex came into the room, their daughter on his shoulders.

“Mama!” Isabella cried out.

“Morning, my darling.”

Alex put her down, watching in amusement as their daughter ran into her arms and flung her arms around her neck.

“I just spent a good part of the early morning being her horsey, but she only has eyes for you.”

“I am her Mama,” she said, kissing her daughter’s head. “But you are the one who can do no wrong.”

He smiled. “There is that.”

Alex leaned down and dropped a meaningful kiss on her lips before taking a seat next to her and pinching her tea.

“I could pour you your very own cup of tea, you know.”

“But it will not be as tasty as the one drunk by you.”

“Charmer.”

He smiled. “Would you expect any less of me?”

“Mama, Papa promised me a puppy, but he said I must ask you first.”

Selina narrowed her eyes above her daughter’s head. Just last month they had bought a pony to add to her collection of growing pets.

“Do I truly have any say in this?”

He shrugged his shoulders. “I am hopeless at denying her anything; you know that.”

He continued to sip her tea, a small smile playing on his lips. Selina attempted to talk some sense to her daughter.

“But what about all our other dogs? And the new pony?”

“But I want a puppy,” Isabella insisted.

“And who will look after the puppy? You and Papa?”

Alex’s head came up quickly. “Me?”

Selina ignored him. Isabella seemed to think about it for a moment before her little face lit up.

“Yes! Papa is good with animals – I want to be just like him.”

A knock at the door interrupted their little family time.

“Come in.”

Margaret’s face appeared around the door before her whole body caught up with it. She curtsied.

“Morning, Missus, Sir Russell. Morning Miss Isabella.”

They all chorused their morning to her, Isabella sounding louder than the both of them. Children never seemed to have sensitivity to noise levels, but it was not something that anyone was particularly bothered by. It had been a long time since a child had run through the halls of Chesterfield House, so Isabella tended to be spoilt rotten by the servants.

“Breakfast is ready. Shall I have Beatrice bring it here?”

“We shall have it in the kitchen, Margaret. I wish to put that lovely table gifted to us by the Collins to good use.”

“The kitchen, Missus?”

Margaret was still new and had not yet become accustomed to how things were done in the Russell home. It was not unusual for Selina and Alex to have their breakfast in the kitchen, primarily as it was the cosiest part of the house during the winter months.

“Yes, thank you. Would you take Isabella with you? We will be along shortly.”

Margaret shook herself out of her surprise and held her hand out to Isabella.

“Come along, little one. Cook might have a treat for you in the kitchen.”

“Nothing sweet, mind you,” she warned. “Isabella must have her oatmeal first.”

Her daughter pulled a face. “I do not like oatmeal, Mama.”

“Neither do I,” Alex added.

She looked at her husband. “You are not helping. You are as terrible as she is.” She turned back to her daughter. “A little oatmeal, a soft boiled egg, and then perhaps a sweet treat. Then we may discuss having a new puppy.”

At that, Isabella scrambled off her and ran to Margaret, grabbing her hand.

“Come, Margie. I want that puppy.”

Selina waited until they had left the room before chuckling.

“I imagine that she will do whatever it is that you tell her to do from now on until she gets her puppy.”

“Hmmm, we shall see about that,” she said. “Now, what are we to do about the church? The vicar came to see me yesterday about possibly having a ball to raise the capital needed to extend the building for the poor.”

“That seems like a good idea to me, but how will we convince our stingier neighbours to part with their pennies?”

Selina thought about it for a moment. It was true that the people who could afford to give much were reluctant to do so. They would supply the capital themselves if they were not already busy with completing the repairs that a freak storm had caused to the church some months back. Selina was in charge of keeping the artistic integrity of the church, while Alex was overseeing the actual repairs to the building. They had also donated money to shop owners in town who had lost their life’s earnings to the storm. They were stretched thin, but they could not refuse people in need.

“Perhaps we could auction off some of my sketches?”

Selina was now well-known for her life-like sketches over much of Europe and across the sea. Alex secretly had her sketches evaluated by art enthusiasts, but he had purposely not let them know that the artist behind the sketches was a woman. When enough fuss had been kicked up regarding her work, he had let her in on the secret, shocking her. By then, people had not seemed so opposed to having a female artist’s work in their homes, and as the sketches fetched a princely sum, they were most eager for more of her work.

“That might just work, my love. Perhaps we could add in the London townhouse – the highest bidder has use of the house whenever they find themselves in London. I know for a fact that some of our acquaintances envy us our townhouse.”

“Yes!” she agreed. “That is a grand idea, my love. We hardly ever use that house as it is.”

“Five pieces of your work and free entry to our townhouse – that should garner enough capital for the building.”

“Good, that is settled. Now, what is this about a puppy?”

The ball was in full swing. It seemed that the entire community had turned up to support their cause. Alex had thought to create a board that would show how far or close they were to their goal. Right now, they were surprisingly close to their mark, and the evening had only just begun.

“People are being wonderfully generous, my love,” she said.

Alex came up behind her and put his arms around her, laying a kiss on her head.

“That is because they all love you. You have helped them, and they wish to support you.”

“They love you too, as you very well know. Whenever you go into town, you always return with a pie from Mrs Daley, a leg of lamb from Dennis, and Damson plums from the Taylors’ fruit stall. And that is just naming a few. If the community had anything to say about it, we would never pay for food!”

“Speaking of which, Cook promised me my very own pie which I have yet to see.”

“You may not need to look any further than your own dear friend, Thomas. I saw him disappear into the kitchen earlier today and come out bearing a whole pie.”

“The rascal! Excuse me, my love. I have a pie to avenge.”

Selina couldn’t help laughing at the purpose in his stride. Alex could be a grizzly bear when it concerned his food. Thomas was in for a playful tussle.

Jane came shortly after, carrying two glasses of the Russells’ signature spiced cider.

“Oh, just what I needed, Jane. Thank you.”

“Everything is going wonderfully, Selina. You truly have a knack for throwing lovely balls.”

“I believe that if you enjoy something, it always turns out beautifully. How was the ladies tea this afternoon?”

Once a month, Selina held a ladies tea with the aim of bringing together the working class and higher class women. At first, it was not received well at all. When many of her guests realised that there were working women among them, they walked out of the tea in a hurry. The moment had been awkward and embarrassing not just for her, but the women left behind. It had taken several more attempts to finally get them together and realise that they had more in common than they ever imagined.

“Lovely, as always. The Duchess of Stanhope made an appearance, which of course made the day. It would have been wonderful if you had been there, but you were otherwise occupied. I must say that the ballroom is completely transformed. I imagine that you were the artist behind the floor?”

“Much to Alex’s chagrin. He was not impressed when he found me on my hands and knees, but I wanted to add something special to the night. Never mind the fact that it has probably been marred by our guests’ feet by now.”

“Oh well, I would say that it has been imprinted on their minds. It was indeed beautiful.”

“I am glad for that. Come, let us greet the guests. I believe that I just saw the Clarence family pull up to the house.”

“And Ophelia?”

“With Merida, Isabella, William, and Walter. When I saw her last she was reading a bedtime story to them. The twins are beautiful little boys, are they not? They are a perfect mix of both my sister and Thomas. I think that I am longing for a little boy of my own.”

Jane gave her a private look. “Have you told Alex about …”

She shook her head. “Not yet. We have been so busy with the church, Isabella and many other projects that I simply have not had the opportunity to.”

“He will likely figure it out for himself once you start showing.”

“But I hope to tell him long before that. Perhaps later this evening, once the guests have left.”

Selina rubbed her belly, excited about the new life growing within her. Falling pregnant with Isabella had been relatively quick, but she had struggled to conceive afterwards. Although she tried to hide it, Alex knew that she was disappointed. They both wanted a large family with at least five children running about. Some women had tried to be helpful by giving her ointments, foul-smelling potions and advice such as swimming in a river during the full moon, but that had been her stopping point. Now she was several weeks along and waiting for the perfect time to let Alex know. She linked arms with Jane and headed off to greet their guests.

Alex was happier than he could have ever put into words. He had a beautiful wife whom he loved with his entire being, a beautiful daughter who brought him nothing but joy, and an extended family of staff that were devoted to his little family. There was only one thing that took away from a perfectly happy existence. Alex knew his wife well, that was why he could tell that something had been bothering her for the past three years, but every time he wished to bring it up, she would change the subject. He had a gut feeling that he knew what was weighing on her mind.

“And now that Ophelia is pregnant once again with her third child, she is likely to feel some type of way about it.”

There was no doubt in his mind that she was happy for her sister, but Isabella was now five years old, and yet they still did not have a second child. Alex was content with the family that he had. It would not bother him if they never had another child. He only wished that he could say that to Selina without upsetting her.

“I want her to be happy, but how do I put her mind at ease concerning our lack of a second child?”

He did not need a male heir because Isabella would inherit everything. He would never allow anyone to exclude his daughter due to her gender. Alex wanted to give his daughter every freedom that she deserved and instil values within her that would make her a strong and courageous woman just like her mother. As it were, his daughter loved playing cricket with the staff children and was good at it. If she wished to take up archery or tennis, he would encourage her to do so. Selina was giving her an excellent education in social etiquette, and he encouraged her love of the outdoors. It was not that he wished his daughter to stick out like a sore thumb, but he would not allow her wings to be clipped by society.

Thomas came into view carrying one of his twins. Alex was still struggling to tell them apart.

“I heard that you were looking for me. If it is about the pie, I regret nothing.”

“I want pie, Papa,” the little boy said.

“No, William. I promised your Mama that I would not give you anything to eat but a warm glass of milk.”

“Pie, Papa,” William insisted.

Thomas rolled his eyes. “Isabella must be a little angel compared to this little rascal. His brother is quieter, but they are both equally mischievous.”

The twins were only a year younger than Isabella, but his daughter commanded them like a well-seasoned general. She gets that from her mother. Not for the first time, Alex wondered what it would be like to have a son. He felt guilty about it, but he couldn’t help it. Watching Thomas play rough and tumble with his sons made him yearn for a similar experience. Isabella was his angel, a delicate flower that he would never handle so roughly. She may be more robust than she looked, but he couldn’t imagine tossing her about like a sack of potatoes or wrestling with her.

“Do not be fooled by that sweet angelic face. My daughter can be an absolute terror when she wishes to be. As it is, I am on dog duty.”

“Dog duty? Would you care to explain that?”

“I may have convinced Selina to agree to a new puppy for Isabella, but it comes at a cost.”

“Oh, I see now. You have to take care of the new puppy? That would explain the ball of fluff I saw in the nursery.”

Alex nodded. “Isabella insists that he sleep in there with her. The only problem is that I have to see to the brown piles he leaves about the house.”

Thomas pulled his face. “Our dogs sleep outside where they belong. The boys understand that they are not allowed in the house. Our housekeeper is highly allergic to dog fur. Cat fur for that matter.”

His friend looked over his shoulder, seemingly recognising someone. Alex turned around in time to see one of their business partners disappear into the ballroom.

“Would you take William? I need to speak to Mr Clarkson about a business matter. It has been hell trying to speak with him.”

Thomas placed a dozing William into his hands and took off before Alex could object. He held the boy awkwardly at first, as he was a good deal heavier than Isabella.

“Pie,” William mumbled against his shoulder.

Even while falling asleep, the boy was still insisting on pie! Alex found it amusing, but he did not wish to invite Ophelia’s ire upon his head, especially as she was heavily pregnant. There was something scary about a pregnant woman’s anger.

“Let’s get you some milk first, then we can think about the pie, all right?”

William nodded, putting his thumb into his mouth. As he walked to the kitchen, Alex wondered once again what it would be like to have a son.

Selina witnessed the tender way Alex carried William to the kitchen. She had not made herself known as she had not been able to speak. He had looked so comfortable carrying the sleeping little boy, and for just a moment, she had seen the need in his eyes. She rubbed her belly, uttering a small prayer.

“I hope that you are the son he desires, little one. Your Papa will still love you with all his strength if you are a girl, but he cannot but wish for a boy.”

Isabella was his pride and joy, no one could deny that, and she would always hold a special place in his heart as his first-born. However, there were certain things that Alex could only do with a son, and she fully understood that. Her father had never been the physical type to partake in outdoor activities and enjoy nature beyond an aesthetic need, so having two daughters instead of sons had never bothered him. However, Alex was an outdoorsman who preferred to be with his animals than cooped up in a house. While Isabella had her own way with animals, Alex was loathe to treat her as he would a boy. She was his perfect flower, the apple of his eye.

“However, be you a girl or a boy, we will shower you with all the love that we have for you. You will never want for anything, and we will protect you from the ills of this world.”

Selina continued to her parlour where all her artwork lay ready to be auctioned. First the ball and then her happy news. When she first realised that she was with child, Alex had been away on business, and then all of their projects had taken up much of their time. They had hardly spent any time together in the last couple of weeks, but as it was for a good cause, she did not begrudge it. But once the ball was over, life would get back to the same regular pace, and she would have Alex all to herself. With that happy thought in mind, she picked up the four covered canvases and headed for the ballroom.

Selina, Alex, Ophelia, Thomas, Jane and her husband Laurence, all sat outside, watching the sun come up. The ball had been a success, raising more than they initially thought. Not only was the building project paid for, but there was enough to feed the poor for the next several months.

“Oooh,” Ophelia complained. “This baby is kicking up a fuss. Thomas, be a dear and lift me up. I do think that I am stuck to this chair. I blame it on the baby.”

“Of course, it has nothing to do with Cook’s biscuits,” Thomas lovingly said.

“I take offence at that! Are you telling me that I eat too many biscuits?”

“No dear, I would never do such a thing. Would you like me to get you some hot cocoa and biscuits once we get inside?”

“Would you? It has been a good while since my last meal.”

Thomas helped her up, holding onto her hand once she was on both her feet.

“Well,” she began. “I wish you all a good night or morning, whichever is most appropriate. Thomas, would you be a dear and grab my shawl? I am suddenly too warm to wear it.”

“But it is quite cold, my darling.”

“Then you wear it for I shall not.”

The two walked away, Ophelia more so waddling as the weight of her pregnancy hindered her. Thomas had his hand on her back, watching her like a hawk. He truly was an overprotective husband, and Ophelia clearly loved it. They chuckled amongst themselves as soon as they were out of earshot.

“You would swear that they have been married for twice as many years,” Jane commented. “But they are perfect for each other.”

“Just as you are for me,” said Laurence. “I think that we should take a page out of their book and be off to bed. It has been a long night.”

“Yes, I believe that my bed is calling to me. Selina, Alex, will you be going back as well?”

She shook her head. “Not yet. I wish to sit out here for a little longer. Alex?”

“I stay wherever my wife stays,” he answered.

“Can we all agree that we will have a late morning?” Laurence asked. “I could not bear to wake up at my normal hour.”

“I second that,” Alex added.

“Very well, a late morning it is. I will have Cook prepare a late breakfast, possibly a lunch judging by when we all will eventually wake up. I will arrange for Ellen to keep the children occupied.”

“Perfect,” said Jane.

The couple disappeared hand-in-hand into the house. Jane and Laurence had only been married for several months now, but he had quickly settled into life at Chesterfield House. Jane had finally found the man of her dreams, and Selina couldn’t be any happier for her than she already was.

“A penny for your thoughts?” Alex asked.

“I am merely thinking about Jane. I am so happy that she has found the perfect man in Laurence. It was an excellent idea for you to invite him last year at Christmas.”

“Yes. It was purely by chance that I bumped into him when I did. He is one of the only relatives that I know, and he had also just lost his parents, so it was natural to invite him.”

“Who would have known that he would fall for Jane so quickly? It took her some time to trust him, but now that they are married, I see a spark in her eyes that I had not seen for quite some time.”

“The spark that has gone out of your eyes?” he asked quietly.

Selina stilled. “What do you mean by that?”

“Only that I have noticed that you are not as happy as you used to be.”

“Do not ever think that Alex. Both you and Isabella have made me the happiest woman in the world. What more can I ask for?”

“Come here,” he ordered, drawing her out of the chair and placing her on his lap. “I want to make sure that you do not go stomping off once I have said what I have to say.”

Selina did not know whether to relax in his arms or remain stiff. A part of her was worried about what he had to say. But if I tell him my news first, he may just forget about whatever he has to say.

“Alex, I have something to tell you.”

“May I have a chance to speak first? You will have an opportunity as well once I am done.”

“But–”

“My love, let me speak.”

She sighed, nodding her head.

“Thank you. I am your husband – there will not be another person who will love you the way that I do or understand you as I do. Selina, you have brought light into my life, first by agreeing to be my wife, and second by giving me our precious daughter. I have woken up every day thankful for these blessings in my life, never taking one moment for granted. When I asked you to marry me, I promised you that I would make you the happiest woman.”

“Which you have done,” she said.

“But I have not done it very well if there is an ounce of sadness in your life. I know that you have wished for another baby for these past three years, but I want to tell you that I am perfectly content with the family that we have now. You and Isabella are all the family that I need, believe me when I say this.”

He raised his hand and glided his thumb across her cheek, coming away with tears. It was only then that she realised that she was crying. Her heart felt like it would burst with all the love that she felt for him. He was being sincere; she could see it in his eyes. Suddenly, all of her guilt and sadness of not being able to conceive in all these years past fell away. Alex cupped her cheeks, staring intensely into her eyes.

“There is my Selina. Welcome back, my love.”

This made her cry all the harder as he kissed her tears away, muttering sweet nothings to her. He finally took her in his arms and held her, tenderly stroking her hair. They stayed like this for quite some time, saying nothing but watching the sun climb the sky. This is the right moment to tell him that I am with child. She pulled away from him, but he pulled her back. Laughing, she tried again.

“Let me sit up, Alex. I have something important to tell you.”

“Can I not hold my wife for a few moments longer? It has been a long while since we have done this.”

“I know, but this news cannot wait. You did say that I would have my opportunity to speak once you were done.”

He sighed. “Yes, all right. What is it that you have to tell me? Be quick about it because I intend to hold you for a good while longer.”

She took a deep breath, expelling it slowly. “Do we still have our rhubarb patch in the garden?”

He frowned. “Is this what you wished to tell me?”

“Answer the question, my love.”

“Yes, I believe so. But you do not like rhubarb! I cannot imagine why you would ask me such a thing. The only time that you consumed large quantities of rhubarb was when you were with child.”

She looked at him meaningfully and nodded her head. It took him a few seconds to realise what she was trying to tell him.

“Do you mean to tell me that you’re ….” He looked down at her belly and then up again. “Are you?”

Selina smiled, answering him by taking his hand and splaying it against her belly. Alex stared at his hand in wonder, hardly uttering a sound. Selina found that she couldn’t take the suspense anymore.

“Alex? Are you happy?”

He looked up at her. “Happy is not the word that I would use. It sounds too simple for the emotions that are within me at this present moment. I am to be a father once again?”

“Yes, my love.”

Selina was shocked when she saw tears run down his face. He buried his face in her chest, holding her close as he silently cried. It was her turn to stroke his hair, her other arm holding him close. When he lifted his head, he looked at her, unashamedly overcome by emotions.

“Do you know how much I love you?” he asked.

“Of course I do. You show me your love in many ways – how can I not know?”

He shook his head. “I do not think that you do, for I did not understand the depth of my love until this moment. You are the perfect mother, wife, and woman. Believe me when I said that you and Isabella were enough for me, but news of this little one has filled me with so much joy that I might just climb the roof and shout it to the heavens.”

“Please, do not do such a thing!”

He laughed. “There are only two other times that I have felt like this: the day I made you my wife and the day I held Isabella in my arms for the first time. A man cannot ask for any more than this.”

Selina kissed his brow and held him close to her. This was all that she needed.

Seven and a half months later, Charles Robert Russell was born, followed by Emma Charlotte Russell precisely two minutes later. Exhausted, Selina lay in bed watching her husband carry the twins. For such a big strong man, he truly was gentle with the now sleeping babies. She caught his eye, mesmerised by all the love that shone out of them. Thank you, he mouthed. Selina nodded her head, smiling at him. To think that I contemplated becoming a spinster! I am relieved that he pursued me with purpose. I will live the rest of my days making sure that he knows how thankful I am that he made me his. He certainly was her perfect suitor.

THE END


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116 thoughts on “A Charming Lady for the Intriguing Baronet – Extended Epilogue”

    1. Quite wonderful. You may already know that when the ladies call into the river, Selinas name changes to Ross for several pages and again a short time later. It causes a little confusion so I thought I’d tell you. I so enjoy your books.

      1. I was confused by that name change also. It didn’t truly distract from the wonderful story.

    2. Love your books! The personalities of the characters are strong assets in your stories. Keep up the good writing! I have completed reading 7 of your books, to date!❤️❤️

      1. I’m humbled, my dear!

        I’m really grateful for your support and kind feedback!

        I’m glad to hear that you enjoy my stories! Make sure to stay tuned because I have more coming!

    3. Thank you for a wonderful book. I really liked the story and the characters in it. Strong intelligent women that are also gentlewomen are a true blessing to have in your life as I have had for the past 62 years. Reading stories like this one reminds me of the treasure I found. A novel such as yours points to the blessing of a true love, and makes the reader wish for more. The Extended Epilogue fills the need to know the forever after really started and was going to continue. Thank you, Jack

      1. I am thrilled with your comment dear! Thank you so much for leaving a review.

        I deeply appreciate it. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story.

        Have a lovely weekend!

    4. Sometimes the extended epilogue with some books are so short you are thinking “huh” This was a good length. Although I still don’t see why need an extended epilogue . Why can’t it be included in original book?

    5. I really enjoy your books. The stories are always interesting and we’ll written.

    6. I thoroughly enjoyed both the book and the Extended Epilogue. Thank you for writing it

    7. I so loved this story and extended epilogue, well done 100%. Thank you so much for such beautiful entertainment. Valmai

    8. I truly love your books. The characters and the plots are fascinating. Each book that I read is better than the last. Each one is full of surprising twists that keeps the readers intrigued from start to finish. I can’t wait to read the next one!

    9. I alway enjoy your books they flow and the story is strong. Can’t wait for new ones. This was a pleasure to read and enjoy and love the characters and challenges they faced.

    10. I enjoyed the extended epilogue. The main story could have easily been one-third shorter. Such angst. And were they each talking out loud to themselves or merely mentally agonizing? The use of italics changed over the course of the book so it was difficult to decipher. The actual story was interesting and different.

    11. I’m an avid reader. Loved this one. However, confused when Simon became Thomas. Phee’s friend/husband/ Alex’s business assoc.

    12. Hi
      Really enjoyed this book especially the extended epilogue it is great to find out what happens to the characters in the years that follow
      Can’t wait for the next book

    13. Oh my, can’t get over these great stories! I so enjoy them. Being an insomniacs it gives my mind peace to calm me. I love the way the women are always so strong in every aspect of their lives. Thank you for sharing your gift with us!

    14. Sweet and wonderful story. I love all your books, I buy them as soon as they show up in my kindle. I have not been disappointed. Keep up the good work.

  1. An absolutely PERFECT and darling ending to this fabulous novel! Thank you, Bridget, for always thinking of your fans and showing us your love by adding such wonderful extended epilogues to your awesome books. The regular ending was great, but this is just spectacular. Thank you so much!

  2. Lavinia should have had a redheaded child! (Well, probably not! Selina would had to rescue the child!)

    A beautiful story! One of the children should have been good at chess, the king of games and the game of kings!

    Sincerely,
    (Mr.) Gayle Lee Fairless

  3. This book was wonderful written i had a hard time putting it down . Just what I needed a good clean book filled with laughter and sadness,just the right amount that I had to find the rest of the ending .thank you again for writing this book. Truly a fan

  4. I do love these extended epilogues! Now I get to know what actually happens once the story is over 🙂

  5. I do love these extended epilogues! Now I get to know what happens once the story is over 🙂

  6. A beautiful story, kept me intrigued. I couldn’t put it down. The ending was terrific! Please keep writing.

  7. Great love!
    I enjoy the epilogue too it completed the
    story
    Truly loved Alex the best ,was getting a
    little impatient with Selma at times
    But beautiful enduring love

  8. I too especially appreciate the Epilogues and Extended Epilogues you use to fully complete your novels. I wish more authors would honor their readers with such thoughtful consideration.

  9. Wonderful story! The characters were very different from any of those in the past and their individual stories were quite compelling. I loved the development of the story and how it was all resolved in the end. Good job!

  10. Thank You for sending the extended epilogue to me on book funnel.
    I too was confused over the name change but loved the book anyway.
    I’m now switching to Amazon to leave my 5 star review. Please keep writing these sweet romance books.

  11. Loved the book and epilogue. One thing in the book, Thomas starts out as Simon. Just wanted to give you a heads up!

  12. This has been a truly wonderful book! Your writing and characters draw you in like no other. There were many twists and turns that kept me tuning the pages! it was such a joy to read. Thank you,

  13. Loved this book but then I have loved all your books . Hoping for many more x

  14. Thank you for this extended epilogue, it is perfect! Such a beautiful, precious conclusion to Alex and Selina’s story. Couldn’t have asked for anything better!

  15. I loved this story from beginning to end. I could not stop reading it. The extended epilouge finished off the story nicely and it was nice to hear of the happy endings. I’m looking forward to your next book

  16. BEAUTIFUL STORYLINE! I was impressed with the characters and how they perceived each class! I read a lot of your books but this one and extended epilogue was best one in a long time THANK YOU and keep them coming!

  17. Loved this story!!! Even though only a story, Aunt Dorothy was quite annoying and pushy. So happy that Salina and Alex finally got together. I just had to keep reading until I came to the end of the book and truly enjoyed reading the epilogue. Love your books and happy love storiez

  18. Great characters and story.Selina is a bit c0ntrary at times but love her all the same, just as Alex does.

  19. Good store but more confusing name changes. Not only did Selena become Rosa for a short time when they fell into the river but, in the version I read, Ophelia’s love interest was originally called Simon Willoughby. Later he became Tomas and Simon’s name was given the the pompous suitor that eventually married Lavinia.

    1. Thank you for the honest feedback, dear Patti. I’m working towards updating these changes with the correct version. I will definitely be more vigilant about such issues in the future, as I’m sure they take from the enjoyment of my stories!

  20. I truly love your books. The characters and the plots are fascinating. Each book that I read is better than the last. Each one is full of surprising twists that keeps the readers intrigued from start to finish. I can’t wait to read the next one!

  21. Bridget I love your stories, and this was a particularly good one. I do get a bit irritated by the way so many writers use a knight or a Lord’s surname with their title. In England the name used would never be Sir Russell as it was here, it would be Sir Alexander. In other books I have seen Lord and the surname, where it would be Lord and the Christian name .
    Think how strange Prince Windsor sounds instead of Prince Charles.
    So just a small point, but I’m sure I’m not th e only British to notice.
    All the best, and if you ever want something read through I’m here and I’m English 😊

    1. I really appreciate your kind and honest feedback, dear Fiona! It’s always welcome, as it helps me become better and better.

      I will keep your comments in mind for my future stories. I’m glad you enjoyed the story 🙂

  22. I loved this story! I apologize that I had not read it before now to give my review. Two days surgeries kept from it. But it was worth the wait!!! I begin reading it and didn’t stop until I finished with the extended epilogue. It was engaging and you could the love throughout the story with Salina and Alex. It really spoke to how we all can jump to the wrong conclusion about people. Another great story, but you never disappoint! Thank you!!!

  23. I loved this story! I apologize that I had not read it before now to give my review. Two eye surgeries kept from it. But it was worth the wait!!! I begin reading it and didn’t stop until I finished with the extended epilogue. It was engaging and you could the love throughout the story with Salina and Alex. It really spoke to how we all can jump to the wrong conclusion about people. Another great story, but you never disappoint! Thank you!!!

  24. I am an avid reader. I have always liked the decency romance books. I started out reading Rebecca and books by other authors along that time frame. I have read all your books I could find. I enjoyed your epilogue. I loved the ending and wonder how many love stories in real life could replicate this love. If only.

  25. This novel was so good that I could not stop reading until I read the epilogue and the extended one. I’m so happy that Alex got his heir. I was caught by surprise to read that Lavinia married the obnoxious Mr Willoughby. Sneaked that in there, didn’t you!!!??? I’m on a mission to read all you novels. Just finished #7. Love your style. Keep writing, please.

  26. Want to let you know that I loved both book and extended book. I will also leave a review for the book on Amazon. I have read so many of your books that I always look for your newest one. It seems that each book is better than the last, you always lose yourself in your books and feel like you are there. Please keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m really grateful for your support and kind feedback! I’m glad to hear that you enjoy my stories!

  27. Loved the story, characters,twists and turns , and the extended epilogue, did not have the problems with changing names . Have enjoyed all of your books that I have read and each one has improved . Thankyou

  28. What a wonderful story. I love the way the story went, although, I was getting annoyed by Selina’s prejudice and misconceptions. Thankfully, Alex did not lose hope. Very realistic and true to life experiences. The extended epilogue was great. You are quickly becoming my favorite author. Thank you for a wonderful read.

  29. Loved the story and the characters. Was so happy to know what became of Jane and really enjoyed the extended ending.

  30. Thank you so much for giving me such pleasure, yet again. I do so enjoy your stories. This one, unfortunately, needed better editing. There were several blank pages and names were switched, rather disconcerting.

  31. I thorourly enjoyed reading this book as i do all your books. Selina is a girl after my own heart, I can imagine myself going against tradition. I did notice that from Chapter 10 onwards, Simon’s name was changed to Thomas but at least it was consistent from that point.

  32. This was a great book. Finished with extended episode added a completion of the story.

  33. On my goodness,how I love your books.I am an avid reader and you are now my favorite author.I must share this new found knowledge with my sister who also reads every day.Can’t wait for another new story.Sharon

  34. Love this story! But then I feel that way for all your books! Keep them coming

  35. A very good read. Enjoyed the extended version after book was completed..Do not know of another author who does this. Keep up the good writing.

  36. Enjoy all your boo Ks .!!!!! ! Happy to have such an interesting story to read during this period of time!! Tot ally got my mind off sanitizing& obta ining food & supp lies!! Especi ally like the fact that the y are not overtly sexual in content!!!!! Truly enjoyed story of this youn g woman!!did not put down kindle until
    couldn’t keep my eyes open from days’work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Hi Bridget. Another beauty of a novel, you are so clever. Exceptionally well written, with excitement throughout and great characters who were all so believeable for that era. As I read more and more of your novels I feel as if I am also getting to know you as well. As an author I find your style of writing exquisite and exciting and I just want to keep reading more of them. In this novel it was the Aunt who drove me bonkers. What a bossy boots she was, sticking her nose into the girls business as if she was the parent. I would have not have done well in those days as I would have had to tell her to keep to her own businesses, or just cut the visit short and go back to my own home if she had been my sister and sister-in-law. I gobbled up this novel and many thanks for the entertainment. The extended epilogue finished it off nicely. Stay well Bridget. 🌺

  38. Thank you for another wonderful story and strong, loving characters. Lavinia deserved her husband. I also appreciate your excellent epilogue. I love hearing about years into the future. You are an excellent writer! I have read many of your books.

  39. Nice story, thank you! I enjoyed it as I do all of your stories…At the beginning, Thomas is Simon. You may have fixed some of the spots but it still has not been fully corrected. I know it’s not possible to resolve everything in the Epilogues, but it would be nice to read that free swimming lessons were provided to all the children, to the servants, to Ophelia, etc. 🙂

  40. Another lovely poignant romance,Novella that is sure to please all your fans and entice them to include in their must-read favourite book collection.

  41. Thank you for the wonderful story, I always enjoy reading your books, your characters always come alive in my mind when reading them. This one I particularly enjoyed, having titled people treating those who work for them as the valued individuals other aristocrats rarely did. I also enjoyed your extended epilogue, whilst your story was complete without it, it is so nice to see how their lives continue. Truly relaxing and enjoyable

  42. I loved this book. I liked that the men accepted the thought that women should be intelligent and contribute to conversations.

  43. So love your books! And this story was so heartfelt on how each character believed strongly in what they saw or felt or was told. A great reminder on how we should be careful before we just jump to conclusions and take it as truth. Let us pray and let God lead us as it would sure save us alot of heart aches. ❤️ Thank you so much for this story and the many others you have and are writing. I so very much enjoy this time period…God bless you and yours.
    Kay

  44. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this story!
    I wish Simon would have stayed Simon and Willoughby would have been Thomas.
    There were lessons to learn about preconceived notions, assumptions, high mindedness, etc.
    Jane’s reappearance and Lavina and Willoughby’s marriage were wonderful twists!
    An intriguing story and characters.
    Did I say I LOVED this story.
    LOVE, LOVED, LOVED this story!

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