Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series) Book 1 (Chapter 9, page 2 of 23)

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"Did Olivia see you, Egan?" Hannish asked.

Egan nodded. "It began to snow and Cathleen wanted to be out in it, so we stood along the railing. The duchess saw me through a window in her ship and she looked none too happy about it."

"I don't suppose she did." Hannish thought for a moment. "It matters not, she'll be a little forewarned, perhaps, but she'll not guess what is to come."

"Forewarned of what?" McKenna asked.

His smile was wide when he answered, "I have abdicated."

Alistair's mouth dropped. "You are no longer a duke?"

"Indeed not, I passed it to my brother."

"Then the duchess is not…" Alistair began to grin.

"Not any longer."

Alistair deeply bowed. "You have my greatest admiration, Sir."

Cathleen had no idea what they were talking about and leaned a little closer to Sassy. "The constable come and took Old Mrs. Forthright away for stealin'. And after that, people brought food and they vowed not to let us be hungry ever again. I seen clean clothin' comin' too, though I left afore I could get any."

"What's this?" Hannish asked.

Sassy's eyes glistened. "You did it, Mr. Hannish, you saved the children in the orphanage."

"'Twas my brother who managed it, Sassy."

"What about James?" Sassy asked, turning back to Cathleen. "Did I hurt him when I stood on his shoulders?"

"Nay, a man come and took him to work in the cotton mills."

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