Deceived by Mary Balogh

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And for a purpose she did not know. But he had gone to Canada and had settled there. What was he doing back in England? DECEIVED 29 Fear mounted in the stretching silence so that she wanted to give in to panic, to beg him to let her go, not to hurt her. Under his steady scrutiny she felt herself reverting to the old Elizabeth almost as if he had her under some spell and seven years had rolled away. But she was not the old Elizabeth. And she was not in his power even if she was his prisoner. Only her body was in his power.

The man whose name she had blocked from her mind on her wedding morning. Yesterday. " he asked her. His deep voice was firmer than she remembered it. She stared at him as if paralyzed. " she asked him at last. " "You must wait for your answers, Elizabeth," he said. "We are going to have a confrontation at long last. " He said no more but merely stared at her, his eyes intent, his lips compressed. And she felt all the old fear robbing her of breath, though the fear then had been occasioned by the fact that she was eighteen years old and he had appeared splendidly handsome and mysterious to her and she had been afraid that she would never be able to pierce his reserve and touch his heart.

And a doctor. Hemmings"—he turned toward the butler—"send for a doctor. " Nancy's eyes widened. She had no time to feel either surprise or joy. She had no time to look for changes in her brother. "She jumped out of the carriage and hit her head," he said grimly, striding past her in the direction of the stairs. " Jumped out of the carriage? But Nancy had no chance to react to the strange words. She had glanced down at the woman's unconscious face as her brother strode past, and she felt that she had walked straight into a nightmare.

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