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A Lady by Midnight (Spindle Cove, Book 3) by Tessa Dare

By Tessa Dare

"**A transitority engagement, a life-time within the making . . .**

After years of fending for herself, Kate Taylor discovered friendship and popularity in Spindle Cove—but she by no means stopped longing for love. The final position she'd search for it really is within the palms of Corporal Thorne. The armed forces commander is as stone chilly as he's brutally good-looking. but if mysterious strangers come trying to find Kate, Thorne steps ahead as her fiancé. He claims to have in simple terms Kate's security in brain. So why is there smoldering ardour in his kiss?

Long in the past, Samuel Thorne committed his existence to guarding Kate's happiness. He wishes what's most sensible for her, and he is familiar with it's no longer marriage to a guy like him. To live longer than their transitority engagement, he needs to continue his palms off her tempting physique and lock her hot smiles out of his withered center. It's the hardest conflict of this hardened warrior's existence . . . and the 1st he turns out destined to lose.

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She shows him Lady Dedlock's letter and he summons Bucket to search for her and offer his full forgiveness. The detective finds Esther's handkerchief in Lady Dedlock's boudoir and calls on Mr Jarndyce late at night to beg for Esther's help in his search. Commentary With the discovery of Lady Dedlock's flight, the narrative gains pace as Dickens suggests the desperate speed of Bucket's search, and in the last paragraph the reference to the brick-kilns hints at the final twist in the unfolding of Lady Dedlock's tragedy.

Chapter 38 Summary When Esther returns to Bleak House, she visits London, where she finds Caddy happily married and learning to give dancing-lessons as Prince's 30 health is not good. Together Esther and Caddy call on Mr Guppy, and Esther begs him not to make any further inquiries about her personal history. Guppy, startled by Esther's changed appearance, and fearing that she wishes to take up his proposal of marriage, is clumsily anxious to hear her formally decline his offer again in front of Caddy.

Mter delaying for two weeks, she tells Mr Jarndyce that she will marry him. 33 Commentary Though the mystery of Esther's birth has now been solved, the reader's interest is maintained by uncertainties about whether Lady Dedlock's secret will be exposed. Jarndyce's proposal raises problems for Esther, too. She loves and respects her guardian, and prudence suggests the marriage would be a good one, but Esther is a young woman with powerful emotions, which she recognises that marriage to Jarndyce would not fulfil.

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