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Flowers From The Storm

by Laura Kinsale


The Duke of Jervaulx was brilliant and dangerous. Considered dissolute, reckless, and extravagant, he was transparently referred to as the ′D of J′ in scandal sheets, where he and his various exploits featured with frequency. But sometimes the most womanising rake can be irresistible, and even his most casual attentions fascinated the sheltered Maddy Timms, quiet daughter of a simple mathematician.

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...drawing instruments. She feared that she had already transgressed that guideline in principle with the wooden symbols, for he was certainly in an agitated state with them. It was as if he didn't even wish to look at them, but kept his head turned aside a little as he maneuvered them across the table, or sometimes, scowling ferociously, closed his eyes and felt of them as her father did, turning them over and over in his hand before he placed them. But he was speaking better, managing fluent phrases sometimes even beyond the mathematics, and his fervor was all focused on the calculations. She suspected that he'd not have conducted himself very much more calmly even before his affliction. Maddy recognized a mathematical obsession when she saw one. She sat in her chair, a few feet from the table, feeling oddly jealous. With the whistle safely round her neck, she had been rather looking forward to walking outside with Jervaulx. Cousin Edward looked in once, in the afternoon. Maddy...

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