Barbara Cartland

Love at First Sight

Despite the arranged marriages of her two sisters having ended in tears and misery, the Duke of Cumberworth insists that his beautiful daughter, Lady Lavinia, or Ila for short, marries the rich and aristocratic Marquis of Rakemoore, his most serious rival at Race MeetingsIla is appalled. Not only is she determined not to marry anyone she does not love, but she hears that he is only asking for her hand to avoid an arranged marriage to a German Princess who is a relative of Queen Victoria's Prince Consort.So Ila decides to run away. As she flees through the nearby woods, she sees a young boy astride a pony galloping blindly towards a sheer cliff. In the nick of time she saves the lad, although the poor pony plunges over the edge and Ila herself is knocked unconscious in the struggle.Coming to in a little house in the woods to recover, she finds the young boy, Robin, still at her side. It is only when his kind handsome uncle comes in search of him that she realises that he is the Marquis of Rakemore, the very man she is running away from. Refusing to give her name, the lovely mystery runaway stirs the Marquis's curiosity and perhaps even his heart
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    Maite Sainzhas quoted2 years ago
    reasoned it out.

    Robin had arrived unexpectedly and, as she had given him supper, so there would therefore be very little left for breakfast.

    He stopped at the grocer’s shop and went inside and there were only two elderly women at the counter.

    They moved aside to stare at him in astonishment.

    “Good morning!” the Marquis said to the man who was serving. “I need some food that I am sure you can supply me with.”

    “Certainly, my Lord, and it be an honour to ’ave your Lordship ’ere!”

    The Marquis smiled.

    “You know who I am?”

    “Of course, my Lord. We all remembers ’ow you comes down to open the alms houses nigh on six year ago and we saw you after that landslide.”

    “Yes, yes, of course,” the Marquis said. “It’s nice to see you again.”

    He held out his hand and the grocer shook it.

    “Now, what I expects your Lordship requires is somethin’ for the lady and the young gentleman in Miss Dunkill’s cottage.”
    Mary Augustowiczhas quoted2 years ago
    The Marquis laughed.

    Then he put his arms around her.
    Mary Augustowiczhas quoted2 years ago
    Looking round her, she thought that Rake Castle was the most impressive house that she could ever have imagined.

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