TITLE: DIVINE LOVE
GENRE: Regency-set Historical
Veni tapped her slippered foot and checked her pin watch… again! If her mother said marriage one more time she was going to scream!
“I do not know what is to become of you, Venitia,” Lady Belmaren disparaged.
Veni stood like a penitent before the duchess. It took but a moment after hearing the duke’s carriage depart for her to be summoned to the Egyptian-style sitting room her mother claimed for her own.
“I am quite disappointed you chose to not be at home when the duke called,” the duchess bemoaned. “Whitecliffe is a fine figure of a man, and is quite interested in getting to know you better.”
“Mother, I am not interested in getting to know Whitecliffe any better. He is arrogant and distant and has the coldest eyes I have ever seen. I do not find him attractive in the least.”
“That is neither here nor there, Venitia. He is interested in you and that is what is important. After all,” the duchess huffed, “you are hardly in the first blush of youth, and even when you were, no one would ever confuse you with a diamond of the first water. Now Artemis, she is a different story. Your sister takes after my side of the family.”
Veni stared at the woman who had given her life, sitting like a queen on the green and gilt settee shaped for all the world like Cleopatra’s barge. It had always amazed her that she was this woman’s child.