[We had only one poet on Tuesday’s Valentine challenge, so I am pleased to offer a copy of The Rogue’s Reform to Cara King! Cara has already been in contact with me, so I’ll send out the book right away. I’m offering another chance to win today—please see the bottom of this post.]
Today we have with us Samantha, Lady Everard, who recently inherited the Everard Legacy. Lady Everard lives in Dallsten Manor in the Evendale Valley of Cumberland in 1805. At sixteen, she seems a little young to be in charge of such wealth. What is it, lands in six counties, a fleet of sailing vessels, and a considerable fortune invested in the Exchange?
Samantha (as she insists we call her): However you count it, it’s impressive! But I don’t generally worry about it. I have my cousins to manage it.
Nineteenteen: Cousins you only recently knew you had, I understand.
Samantha: True. I’m still not sure why Papa thought he had to hide them from me, and me from them for that matter! It would have been a lot more pleasant growing up here in Cumberland if I had known I had other family somewhere.
Nineteenteen: Other family? Then you did have family with you at Dallsten Manor.
Samantha: I was counting my governess Miss Walcott. She’s like family to me. I barely remember my mother, and Papa couldn’t visit often enough for my liking.
Nineteenteen: So how is Miss Walcott getting on with your new cousins?
Samantha: Very well! Oh, she tries to pretend otherwise, but I can see the sparks flying between her and my cousin Jerome. With a little help from me, they might just fall in love. Then I’ll only need to settle Cousin Richard. I understand his first courtship ended badly, which is why he went to sea, but I think I know a way to tempt him to try again.
Nineteenteen: I see. And what about your cousin Vaughn? With him a poet and noted duelist, I believe a number of ladies in London sigh every time he walks by.
Samantha: Do they? Well! I have plans for Vaughn too, but I refuse to say more at this time.
Nineteenteen: You seem to have a lot of secrets in your family.
Samantha: Indeed we do! But you’ll have to read our stories to learn more.
If you’d like a chance to learn more about Lady Samantha Everard and her three handsome cousins, leave a comment on this post by midnight wherever you are on Monday, February 20. I’ll announce the winner of The Rogue’s Reform on Friday, February 24.
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