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by Lesley-Anne McLeod
Description: Necessity dictates that Emilina Brook supplement her family's income by accepting a position as music teacher in a young ladies' academy. Fate decrees that she meet Dr. Secord Cardew while journeying by stagecoach to the school in a distant town. Dr. Cardew is in turn charming, unkind, amiable, callous, appealing, and occasionally rude. Emilina is drawn to him, but the real Dr. Cardew is a mystery. Is he a worthy admirer or does he have insuperable flaws?
eBook Publisher: Uncial Press, 2009
eBookwise Release Date: March 2009
9 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [44 KB]
Reading time: 24-34 min.
Dr. Cardew was hovering near the fireplace, having put off his greatcoat and his beaver. He was watching for someone and she hoped devoutly that it was not her. She overlooked him as pointedly as she could without blatant rudeness. The room was not crowded, but the women from her coach, in company with the child, were already seated at a small table that had no chair for her. The solicitor was engaged in earnest converse with the landlord and would, in any event, have offered no refuge. Emilina--looking for an unobtrusive seat--again attempted to fail to notice the doctor's eager smile and gesture, but found herself without excuse to ignore him completely.
He hurried to her side. She could not deny he presented a trim, gentlemanly appearance and found herself unwillingly flattered by his attention.
"Miss Brook," he said. "I have obtained a cold collation and a cup of coffee for you. I hope you will pardon my daring, but I feared you would have no opportunity to order refreshment. Our stop is not long."
Emilina sedately expressed her appreciation of the kindness. Though reluctant, she followed the doctor and sat at his table, seizing upon the cup of coffee there with delight. She tucked into a small but surprisingly tasty meal, listening with only half an ear to the physician's grandiose plans for his medical practice soon to be established in Nottingham.