This week, instead of having a scene from my WIP Maid To Be a Baroness, I’ve chosen one from my newest release A Christmas Surprise.
“Debbi, might I suggest the pale yellow gown with roses at the hem and neckline for this afternoon? I am going to go with the light blue with daisies. Oh, don’t forget your bonnet. Even if we don’t go out into the sun, it’s always good to have something to hold onto. Helps with the shilly-shallies.”
“Ladies,” he said, assisting them from the last step. “The party has adjourned to the garden, and I was given the task to escort you out.”
“Ready, Debbi?” Aleece asked.
“As I’ll ever be.”
As they stepped out on the terrace, Aleece noticed several of the men, whom she knew by name if not by reputation, focus their attention on her but quickly shift to Debbi. She did notice Jeff was missing from the group. The countess appeared to be holding court with several of the matrons who’d accompanied their giggling charges.
“Debbi, something tells me I might end up being your chaperone this week,” she whispered.
Before she was able to reply, one of the gentlemen separated himself from the group around the bowls equipage and approached.
“Mr. Thomas, you wound me deeply. I thought you had eyes only for the charming and delightful Lady Aleece, but now I see you have captured another beauty. Please introduce me to this vision of a goddess.”
“Lord Gerrard, I see you’re still the same silver-tongued devil as always,” Aleece replied, giving him the appropriate curtsey due the son of a baron.
“Miss Debbi Overstreet, I present the rakehell, Lord Sidbury, eldest son to the Baron of Sidbury,” Mr. Thomas said.
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