Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1 (Chapter 2, page 1 of 23)

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Cook Halen was proud of her spotless kitchen, with its two large coal stoves, vertical dish racks, cupboards and a handsome array of pots and pans hanging on the wall. A serving bar separated the kitchen from the servant's dining hall, where Sarah and Charlotte sat at the long table waiting to be needed. Halen lightly touched the side of the heating teakettle. "She'll be wanting tea soon, I wager."

"I am sure she will," Sarah agreed. As head housekeeper and with so many rooms to keep clean, Sarah was thrilled to see new help arrive. "She's a beauty, that Miss MacGreagor."

"As beautiful as he is handsome," Charlotte agreed. "I could gaze upon his face for hours, if he would sit still long enough."

"He already has a wife," Sarah reminded, revolted once more by Charlotte's flaunted infatuation with their employer.

"I know."

Shepard carried a tray to the sink and began to set several dirty dishes in the deep metal tub for washing. "What a pity his wife did not come. He must be so disappointed."

"You'll not be sayin' that for long," Sassy said, poking her head in the door. She boldly walked to the table, took a seat next to Charlotte, and put her hands together as if to pray. "I am starved to the bone. Have you a crumb for a hungry Scot?"

Cook Halen liked her immediately and reached for a bowl. "You've come to the right place. Have you had no lunch?"

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