Verity

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Stanford sisters part 1

When Sir Reginald Stanford died, leaving nothing but debts, his eldest daughter, Verity, felt responsible for her younger brother and sister's future. The deeds of the estate were missing and no one, including their trustees, seemed willing to help. The only way to restore the family's fortunes lay with signing a contract with her nearest neighbour, Lord Melrose.

Could Major James Mitford, the troubled infantry officer injured at Salamanca, stop Verity from making a terrible mistake. Or would his past prevent him from being able to help.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: March 26, 2017

'Cassie, I do not like the sound of that storm. I am certain it has got worse over the past hour.' Verity Stanford, a young woman of four... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: March 26, 2017

Less than a week ago, the Honourable Major James Mitford, had been at his club, drowning his sorrows with a rather good scotch. Since ret... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: March 26, 2017

'V,' Cassie whispered, 'are you awake?' 'I suppose I am now,' Verity answered wearily. 'Do you believe in love at first sight?' C... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: March 26, 2017

It had been nearly a week since the two unexpected guests had left Hadlands, and much to Verity’s relief, Cassie had not broached the s... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: March 26, 2017

Verity shook her head and said, in almost a whisper, 'no, thank you.' ‘I am going to pour you one anyway,' he said as he walked acr... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: March 26, 2017

When he had finished telling her about his plans for her future, Melrose stood up and walked over to the fireplace. Once he had rung the ... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: March 26, 2017

Once they had arrived back at Hadlands, Major Mitford dismounted his horse. With his hands, firmly around Verity’s waist, he swung her ... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

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That night, Verity did not sleep. She tossed and turned as unwelcome thoughts invaded her conscience. She did not have the strength to va... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: March 26, 2017

'Would you like some tea,' Miss Crawford said to Verity, motioning with her hand towards the tea tray that rested on the table between th... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: March 26, 2017

There was a loud, almost desperate, knock on the door. ‘Come in,’ he said, making no effort to hide the irritation he felt at the int... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: March 26, 2017

James had arrived in Brussels three weeks ago. He had been sent from Vienna, by the Duke himself, to plan for his anticipated arrival. Si... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: March 26, 2017

'Verity,' Maisie said in a whisper, later that night after they had gone to bed, 'you are a dark horse.' 'Maisie,' Verity said, in re... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: March 27, 2017

Cassie, who was frantically trying to recall the events of last night, did not notice the deadly hush that suddenly descended on the room... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: March 27, 2017

Late on Sunday night, when everyone at the school was tucked up in bed, Verity and Maisie crept out. The only creature that observed thei... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: March 27, 2017

'Well,' Cassie said, once they had entered a large bedchamber, 'what do you want to know?' Cassie sat down on a stool next to a dressing ... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: March 27, 2017

As Ellington walked back into the salon, he caught Emerald's eye. She placed her hand on the arm of the gentleman she was with, and whisp... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: March 27, 2017

'Get in there,' Captain Richardson said sharply to Verity and Maisie, 'and take one of those blankets to cover yourselves up.' 'Thank... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: March 27, 2017

'Miss Stanford,' she heard a man whisper, 'wake up.' Verity opened her eyes slowly. She remembered going to sleep curled up next to J... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: March 27, 2017

Verity looked at her astonished, and then managed to say, 'my mother?' 'Was your mother Viola Stanford?' The lady replied. 'Yes,'... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: March 27, 2017

By the next evening, Verity had packed up all her belongings and had moved into the Harrington's. Lady Harrington had been genuinely over... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: March 27, 2017

James had had another busy day. The little news he had received from France, had been confused. It was difficult to distinguish between i... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: March 27, 2017

The next morning, after the soirée at the Marlow's, James left Brussels. He had been called away, by the Duke, to assess the situation o... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: March 27, 2017

Early the next morning, Verity visited Lady Harrington in her bedchamber. The shutters and curtains were still closed, and, as a result, ... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: March 27, 2017

It was the early hours of the morning, just before dawn, when the night is at its darkest, when Verity returned home from the ball. As sh... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

Submitted: March 27, 2017

  'Verity, thank goodness, I was so worried about you,' Lady Harrington said as she walked over to her. 'Where have you been?' S... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

Submitted: March 27, 2017

James had never felt so tired. It had begun to rain a couple of hours ago, and there was no sign that it was going to stop anytime soon. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 27

Submitted: March 27, 2017

Verity felt numb. She sat in a chair by the fire, in the Harrington’s drawing room, holding the small collection of items that had once... Read Chapter

Chapter 28

Submitted: March 27, 2017

It was a dark grey November morning. The days were drawing in and it was starting to get dark in the early afternoon. Everyone was compla... Read Chapter

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