A Convenient Pretense


4.00 · 1 ratings · Published: Apr 4th, 1913 {{ book.ratingTitle }}
Despite her adamant refusal to marry, Emily Grace Hughes must go to London for the remainder of the Season and find a suitable match. She has only one dream, one she refuses to divulge since suitors have seen it as a mere hobby and have made light of it. Her passion is poetry and she desires to be a published poet. Marcus Deming, Earl of Pembridge, whose been labeled a rake but considers himself a responsible one, must eventually marry but, egad, not for another few years. When he does it will not be from the parade of women his Aunt Agatha parades before him. After their two matchmaking aunts plot an introduction, Emily makes a desperate suggestion, to create a pretense of courtship until the Season ends. The ruse is meant to protect them both from further interference or expectations but neither considered the need to protect their hearts.
While Emily’s Aunt Delia tries to uncover the reasons for her niece’s aversion toward marriage, Marcus grows more enchanted and prepares to declare his love to Emily. That is, until he finds one of her poems and believes it is a letter to a lover she has left behind in the country. Feeling deceived, he ends the pretense with casual indifference.
When a letter arrives the following day with news that Emily’s father is gravely ill, she leaves London abruptly and without a word to Marcus. Marcus leaves for his country estate for the summer and attempts to continue his carefree life but she haunts his mind. He decides to visit her, as a friend, and out of concern for her father’s health, hoping at the same time he’ll find out more about this mysterious lover.
Instead, he finds Emily’s father near death, her household in upheaval and a devious cousin, her father’s heir, in control of everything Emily holds dear. Marcus must unravel a series of mysteries before he can declare his love. Emily must discard the lies she’s believed since childhood, or remain lost in her poetry and lost to love. All pretenses must be revealed so a poetess’ passion can embrace an Earl and their love can become the closing line.

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