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A brand new large Regency. desirous to discover London with no her chaperone, woman Emma Watson dons an easy maid's outfit and units out to find the city-and a brand new love.

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It would never do to appear in her stockinged feet. Yet, even as the fanciful thought flitted through her mind, she dismissed it. Her aunt and uncle would surely insist she attend, even if she had to do it in her bedroom shoes. ” Natasha prompted. Emma looked up at her. ” “Which gown would you like to wear? This one…” Natasha held up a pale pink silk creation, lavishly embroidered with silver thread and pearls. ” Out came a heavy cream-colored satin. Emma glanced at them both without really seeing them.

She had met so many new people today, with more to come at tomorrow’s military review. ” “Of course I did, miss! ” Lydia laughed, in patient indulgence of her forgetful niece. Oh, yes. Now Emma remembered—Aunt Lydia had spoken of him in the carriage today. Emma had thought it rather odd. Her aunt never spoke of eligible young men. ” Lydia made one more adjustment to Emma’s attire, twitching her pearl necklace into place, then took her arm to lead her back into the midst of the drawing room. Her Uncle Nicholas stood near the fireplace, tall and handsome in his white uniform, his hair still dark and thick, his bearing military-straight.

Underneath, she wore a plain gray muslin gown and white apron. She twirled around, watching the skirt flare around her legs. ” Natasha’s expression was most doubtful. ” “Pooh! ” Emma turned to the dressing table mirror, and twisted her long plait of hair up into a knot at the nape of her neck, skewering it with hairpins. “If I wore a crown they would expect to see a queen. ” Natasha just shook her head. She had agreed to go along with this plan last night, but her every movement spoke of her reluctance.

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