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Something About Emmaline

Something About Emmaline

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Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, is a gentleman to be envied. He lives a rakish life of well-celebrated ease and contentment and has one person to thank for his perfectly ordered existence—his dearest wife, Emmaline. She never complains about his mistresses or his penchant for late nights out. His friends are envious, but they don't know the

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Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, is a gentleman to be envied. He lives a rakish life of well-celebrated ease and contentment and has one person to thank for his perfectly ordered existence—his dearest wife, Emmaline. She never complains about his mistresses or his penchant for late nights out. His friends are envious, but they don't know the truth—Emmaline doesn't exist. But when he starts receiving bills from London for clothes, shoes, hats and a staggering amount of other female accoutrements, he realises something is decidedly amiss.

Posing as Emmaline isn't a stretch for the newly arrived Lady Sedgwick, she's been conning gentry for years. But as the popular baron's wife, she now has the one thing that has eluded her—entree into London's inner circles. Against Alexander's better judgment, Emmaline is impossibly fixed in his life. And suddenly Emmaline is challenging him to be the husband she deserves.

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ISBN-13:
9780060549312
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2005
Series:
Avon Romantic Treasures Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
414,844
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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Something About Emmaline


By Elizabeth Boyle

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Copyright © 2006 Elizabeth Boyle
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Chapter One

For his first month home at Sedgwick Abbey, Alex found himself left in blessed solitude.

Instead of being there to greet him, his grandmother had decided to remain at her sister-in-law's estate for an additional month, most likely unable to leave until they had caught up on every bit of family gossip. Therefore, his summer began with no pestering talk of heirs, no lengthy discussions of Emmaline's continued ill health, just a continuation of his perfectly ordered life that Jack had the audacity to call "boring."

But eventually his grandmother had decided she could no longer leave him to his lonely exile and had returned home like a whirlwind, her herd of pugs trotting in her wake.

Genevieve Denford, Lady Sedgwick, had been born in France, and the sixty-odd years she'd been in England hadn't diminished her Gallic presence in the least.

His grandfather, another reluctant-to-be-wed Denford, had taken a trip to Paris in his late sixties and had brought home (to the horror of his own heir apparent) a French wife.

Given his grandmother's joie de vivre, Alex doubted his grandfather had stood a chance.

A lesson to all unmarried English gentlemen, he'd decided years ago. Never venture across the Channel.

Grandmère had greeted him merrily when he'd come in to breakfast and hadn't stopped talking since. "And imagineImogene's shock when I told her ..." she was saying from her end of the table, where she sat encircled by her dogs.

It had been quiet without Grandmère, he mused as she barely paused between bites to regale him with tales of his great-aunt's grandchildren--and, horrors, a few greatgrandchildren. Heirs abounded in Aunt Imogene's world, and he knew the next few months would see no end of hinting and prodding that he and Emmaline should be doing the same as well--producing the next Sedgwick baron.

He'd have to make a note to his solicitor to have his wife's next letter from Emmaline detail a litany of female complaints that would unhappily prevent such an event. The more, the better. He hoped that would keep Grandmère sufficiently diverted through grouse season.

The door to the dining room opened and Burgess, their butler, entered, staggering beneath a large silver tray. Behind him, a footman followed with an even bigger tray, just as laden with papers and notes.

"My lord, a pouch from Mr. Elliott's office arrived this morning along with the mail," Burgess said, setting his burden on the dining table before Alex. "To be specific, there were three pouches." His bushy brows rose. "Large ones."

Alex stared up at the monumental pile, his knife and fork held in midair. "What the devil is all that?"

Burgess, being ever the diligent butler, replied, "The regular newspapers and periodicals for her ladyship, but the remainder appear mostly to be bills, my lord."

"Bills?" Alex looked at the collection again. He'd instructed his London solicitor to take care of all his outstanding accounts. Besides, that pile looked like something Jack had run up, not him.

"Unlike Elliott to be so inefficient," Alex muttered, as he began to sort through the mess. "Ah, here is the answer. Seems Mr. Elliott's wife has inherited property in Scotland and they needed to inspect the place. His clerk is attending to all his business in his absence. I'll have to speak to him when he returns--the fellow has obviously gotten my accounts mixed up with some wastrel client of his."

"What is it, my dear?" his grandmother asked from her end of the table, where she was dropping tidbits to her dear dogs.

He waved his hands over the pile of bills. "Just the London papers and such."

"The papers! Why didn't you say so?" She rose and hustled down the side of the long table, her lace cap aflutter. Before Alex could stop her, she swept aside the neatly arranged piles to get to her most favorite thing in the world--the gossip column in the Morning Post. Separating the pages with the skill of a farmer's wife plucking a hen, she had her quarry in her clutches in a flash and settled into the chair next to Alex to begin reading.

Hopefully not aloud, he thought as he continued his sorting.

He was rewarded with a minute or so of silence before she couldn't contain herself.

"Lady Vassar had a baby. A son, it says." She sighed and then shot him a significant glance. "An heir is so important, don't you think, Alex?"

"Yes, of course," he agreed, his gaze stopping on one of the bills before him. Four hundred pounds for carpets. Another expenditure listed furniture for one hundred and fifty pounds. Bills for drapers, carpenters, painters, and that was only the start. Why, it appeared the poor sot for whom these notes had been intended had outfitted not only a new house, but a wife and stable of mistresses, what with the unending collection of milliner, modiste, glover, and lace bills.

"And finally a mention of our dear girl," his grandmother was saying. "Listen to this: Lady S. was seen shopping diligently with the assistance of Lady R., who has taken her new friend under her wing. Lady S., so long from town, is a delight and sure to be the prized guest next Season." She pursed her lips. "About time she was mentioned. But what an odd thing to say. Why would they think her so long from town when she has lived there all her life?" She tossed aside the paper and began once again upsetting Alex's carefully wrought piles with her rustling.

"Madame!" He rose up from his seat and covered the bills with his arms to protect them from her marauding. "What has gotten into you?"



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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as "page-turners." Since her first book was published, she's seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and always-growing collection of yarn.

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Something About Emmaline 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great story with a witty twist. Alex thought he was so smart tricking everyone into believing he was married but was knocked over when his scheme took on a life of its own - with a little help of course!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1801 every male in the Ton envies Baron Sedgewick, Alexander Denford, for having the perfect wife. His compliant spouse Emmaline makes no demands on Alex and even allows him to gamble and have affairs while she rusticates. She is such a paragon to the jealous men, but only Alex knows that Emmaline does not exist; he made up this ideal woman to keep matchmakers and mamas away from him.--- His beloved octogenarian grandma reads a gossip note from the Post and Times about Lady S seen shopping in town. Bills arrive from Lady S to pay for all types of female garb. Stunned that someone somehow learned and is using his ploy Alex races to London to confront Lady S. When he sees her in his bedroom, instead of tossing her out Alex wants to toss the clever con artist on his bed to make love today, tomorrow and forever though he fears she will steal his silverware.--- This is an amusing brisk Regency romance starring two wonderful protagonists whose debates are filled with double entendres and puns. The story line takes off the moment that Alex realizes someone has personalized his brilliant strategy to fleece him. Emmaline is unique protagonist, a likable kindhearted con artist. Their pairing leads to a one sitting read by this humorous Boyle gender war.--- Harriet Klausner
girlfromwvaKY 7 months ago
This is book #1 of The Bachelor Chronicles. It is the story of Alexander Denford, Baron Sedgwick, and Emmaline. Alexander is a gentleman to be begrudged. His lives his life or comfort and satisfaction with a devil-may-care attitude. His dearest wife Emmaline is the one individual he has to thank for his ideal, well arranged way of life. She never cares about his late nights out or his mistresses. His friends are all green with envy, but they don't know the truth behind it all. Emmaline does not even exist. She was conveniently made up to keep his family, especially his Grandmother, out of his personal business and to deter them from their matchmaking. But when he starts getting bills from London for lots of female trappings like clothes, shoes and hats, he realizes something is unquestionably wrong. Emmaline has been conning the upper class for years. So pretending to be Emmaline isn't hard to accomplish for the newly arrived Lady Sedgwick . Emmaline shows up on his doorstep desiring entry into good society. She wreaks havoc with his household and his heart. She has way of making him want to be the husband she warrants. Of course, this is all against Alexander's course of thought. Will her intense sensuality and spirit make it impossible to resist? Will she become his perfect love as well as his actual bride? Can he become the husband he has never wanted to be? I really enjoyed Emmaline & Alexander's story. It was fun, fast paced, and very entertaining. Will be trying to find the other stories in the series to read.
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This is a fun story It is easy to like the characters so you want them to be happy A great way to spend a snowy afternoon
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Fun read about how telling lies can turn on you.
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