Only EnchantingLarge Print - 2014
Viscount Ponsonby proposes to young widow Agnes Keeping in order to escape his former fiancâee, who deserted him after his return home from the Napoleonic Wars but is now eager to revive their engagement.
When the woman who deserted him after his return home from the Napoleonic Wars comes back into his life, eager to revive their engagement, Viscount Ponsonby instead proposes to Agnes Keeping, an enchanting young woman, to avenge his former love. (romance). Simultaneous.
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"He hated them more than the headaches -- that feeling of dragging self-pity and the fear that nothing was worth anything. It was the one shared mood the Survivors' Club had all fought against most fiercely during those years they had spent together at Penderris. Bodies could be mended and made to work again, at least well enough to enable the person inside them to live on. Minds could be mended to the degree that they worked efficiently again for the one who inhabited them. And souls could be soothed and fed from an inner well of inspiration and from an outer sharing of experience and friendship and love. / But one never quite reached the point at which one could relax and know that one had made it through to the other side of suffering and could now be simply content, even happy, inside a balanced mix of body, mind, and spirit. / Well, of course one did not." (p. 66)
"...Flavian discovered that Penderris was not the lunatic asylum he was expecting but a hospital with other patients -- other veterans of the war -- as badly messed up as he. / And he had loved George with a passionate attachment ever since. A funny thing, love. It was not always, or even mostly, a sexual thing." (p. 97)
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