By Mary Balogh
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Mason was almost an obsession. Her father’s smile was grim. “A coalminer’s son,” he said. “Expensively educated but with coal dust clogging his veins. A wild young rogue, with a reputation for unbridled extravagance and vicious depravity. And a mother and father who are vulgarity personified. Mason’s one consuming ambition is to wiggle his way into the ranks of the beau monde. And while he has not been able to accomplish that goal on his own account even after thirty years or more of trying, now at last he has seen an opportunity for his son and has not hesitated to seize it.
Yes, she did have only herself to blame, Annabelle admitted to herself as he gestured her mother out of the room, followed her without another word, and closed the door behind them. She had made the plan and she had set it in motion, and—well, and here she was. She was to marry Reginald Mason instead of the Marquess of Illingsworth, if her father had his way. From the frying pan into the fire. She sank down onto a stool that was conveniently at hand and lowered her forehead to her knees. It was Reginald Mason instead of the Marquess of Illingsworth or her father’s utter ruin.
She had never been there to see for herself. But that was about to change. It was where she was destined to spend the rest of her mortal days. Barring a miracle. She no longer believed in plans, no matter how carefully made. She was afraid to believe. She had been a fool. Her mother was not going to be allowed to go with her, even though she had wept and pleaded and cajoled and even lost her temper—a rare occurrence that had filled Annabelle with a terrible guilt. Mama ought not to be made to suffer.
A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh