Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1 (Chapter 10, page 2 of 19)


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On a table along the back wall, sat a bowl of punch with Manitou Springs sparkling water added, and trays of various delights to eat. Something a bit stronger for the gentlemen was kept in an adjoining room, providing the men could slip away long enough to take a swig or two. Hannish decided he would probably need to fortify himself often, once he got a good look at a woman across the room in a purple gown with gold trim. He leaned close to McKenna and whispered, "Charlotte is here."

"Oh dear," McKenna moaned. She smiled as Abigail introduced her to a newly married couple, and promptly forgot their names. She tried not to be too obvious as she looked around the room and when she finally spotted Charlotte, McKenna quickly looked away before she was seen. She needn't have bothered; Charlotte had her eyes glued on Hannish.

As soon as the orchestra began to play, McKenna grinned at her brother and took his arm. "Do you remember how to waltz?"

"Of course I do, we've been doing it since you were nine." He put his hand out face down, put his other gloved hand behind his back, waited until she placed her hand on top of his and walked her to the center of the room. He deeply bowed, she curtsied just as deeply, and then they joined the other waltzing couples.

"They certainly are handsome people," Abigail said to her husband. Then she too noticed the look of envy on Charlotte's face. "I believe we might see trouble here tonight."

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