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The Duke’s Ward


Mia S. Moor

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Copyright 2018 by Mia S. Moor

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Chapter One

Meg stood outside the duke’s closed study door. It was closed, maybe he didn’t want to see her after all. Her heart was racing. Would he judge her now after he had promised her parents he could make a good marriage for her if she came to stay with him? He knew her history, he knew about her father’s stable hand. Was this going to be another long lecture? Lord knows she had been through enough of those to last a lifetime.

Suddenly the door was jerked open, and before her stood His Grace, the Duke of Granger. “Are you going to stand there all day or do you not understand how to knock?” he asked.

Meg started to answer him, but was quickly ushered inside. Meg’s eyes followed the Duke as he sat in a large commanding chair. She stood facing him, her heart racing so loud that she was certain he could hear it.

“Meg, we both know why your parents decided to send you to me. I have a reputation for making wonderful marriages for young people who might have stepped outside what is appropriate behavior, and who, without my help, would find it nearly impossible to make a good marriage,” he stated. “I have some simple rules that you must follow or you will be sent packing back to either a life as a spinster or the young bride of a poor elderly man.”

Meg trembled at the thought of having a man old enough to be her grandfather touch her intimately. She had heard of many young ladies who owed their happiness to the man before her and she wasn’t about to blow this golden opportunity.

“I will do whatever you ask of me,” she answered.

“Very good,” he said as he smiled. “You will do well here, I believe. You must do everything I ask of you even if you are afraid or not certain. I do this for your best chances at a happy marriage.”

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