By Sarah MacLean
Seventeen yr outdated girl Alexandra is strong-willed and sharp-tongued -- in a home packed with older brothers and their buddies, she needed to discover ways to carry her personal. no longer the simplest makings for an aristocratic woman in Regency London. but her mom nonetheless goals of marrying Alex off to a person secure, first rate, and filthy rich. yet among ball costume fittings, dances, and dinner events, Alex, together with her top buddies, Ella and Vivi, manages to get herself into what should be her largest scrape yet.
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For attractiveness, then,” she persevered, waving one arm, her tone wealthy with boredom. She stayed quiet for a number of moments, permitting the odor of the lavender cleaning soap Eliza had used so forcefully to envelop her prior to choosing up her head and carrying on with, “Am I approximately performed? ” “Nay. Head down. ” Alex sighed. “I hate this. ” “Yer in a funk. ” “I am no longer in a funk. ” Eliza made a noncommittal sound and Alex lifted her head to examine the maid, purely to have her hair tugged. “Ow! ” “That wouldn’t ‘ave occurred if you’d stored your head down. ” Alex snorted in disbelief yet saved her head nonetheless. the reality was once, she was once in a funk. Eliza used to be correct. Eliza was once regularly correct. simply 3 years older than Alex, Eliza had grown up along the Stafford kids within the Essex geographical region, the daughter of the prepare dinner and the strong grasp at Stafford Manor. whereas the variation of their stations was once continually transparent, while the 2 women have been on my own, they have been as equivalent as they can be. From their earliest days jointly, the younger maid had consistently had the uncanny skill to appreciate Alex’s moods—often ahead of Alex understood them herself. “Why don’t you inform me why you’re in such an in poor health humor? ” Eliza prodded, carrying on with to brush Alex’s hair, which used to be drying quick within the burning warmth. “I don’t relatively know,” Alex admitted. “I am relatively dreading this present day, this presentation, this…pomp and situation. ” “Whatever for? It’s your first day as a true girl. I’ve ne’er obvious your mom so…well…she’s proud as a peacock. I may still imagine you’d be excited. Up. ” Alex sat up and spun round at the little stool upon which she was once perched, repositioning herself to dry the remainder of her hair. Eliza saved combing the lengthy tresses until eventually they shone brightly. Alex scoffed. “My first day as a true woman. What on the earth does that suggest? And my mom is worked up simply because I’m one step toward being married off. ” “You recognize that's no’ what she is pondering. ” “Not consciously. however it is there. Lurking within the historical past. a wise fit is the longer term she’s consistently sought after for me. And this day is the start of that destiny. ” She paused, stretching out her legs and leaning again into the warmth of the hearth. “If merely i needed it up to my mom and dad do. ” “Perhaps this night you’ll meet somebody who’ll make you will have it that a lot. ” Alex rolled her eyes on the suggestion. “It’s an evening at Almack’s, Eliza, no longer an enchanted ball. Let’s now not get too over excited. ” “You by no means do be aware of, luv. ” “I comprehend. ” “Up. ” “Finally! ” Alex jumped up from the stool and paced around the ground of the bedchamber, chuffed to be free of the tedious activity of hair drying. “Now what? ” “Well”—Eliza tilted her head and regarded thoughtfully at Alex—“I’m thinkin’ it won’t do so you might meet the Prince draped in damp linen. ” Alex grinned widely. “Likely now not. ” “Stockings. ” Eliza pointed to 2 items of silk that have been striking excessive of the dressing monitor, and Alex moved to drag them on whereas the maid went looking within the cloth wardrobe for the remainder of the clothes priceless for this, the “biggest day” of a tender woman’s lifestyles.