A Lady of Secret Devotion by Tracie Peterson

By Tracie Peterson

Romantic event from a best-selling writer, set in turn-of-the century Philadelphia; can love develop within the presence of hazard? women of Liberty publication three.

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She got to her feet. “I must go now and check on the stew. ” “I will,” the girl promised, still clutching the shawls. Cassie went to their wardrobe and took out her well-worn gowns. They hardly seemed the quality that a companion to Mrs. Jameston would wear, but they would have to do. ” Elida questioned as she toyed with one of the fringed wraps. “Of course not, you goose. ” Elida sighed and plopped down on the bed. “I wish Father might have lived. I would not be afraid if he were here. ” Cassie looked at her little sister and felt a sorrow she could not put into words.

Her tone made her disgust quite clear. “Cassie mentioned his return. I was just having her assist me in dressing. ” Ada nodded and hurried from the room. Cassie turned to Mrs. Jameston and offered a weak smile. ” She grimaced as the words left her mouth. “Sorry. ” Mrs. Jameston shook her head. “Sebastian has done much to alienate most of the staff. ” With that, she opened her bedroom door and disappeared into the hallway. Cassie followed quickly. At the opposite end of the second floor, Sebastian Jameston had already taken residence in a decidedly masculine room.

Then wake her and tell her that I’m here,” he said. “That can wait,” his companion interjected. “Mr. Jameston is injured and needs to go to bed. ” Cassie continued to watch as the man pushed past Mr. Brumley, taking Sebastian with him. She worried about Mrs. Jameston and the shock of having her son come home in such a state. Slipping up the back stairs, Cassie made her way to her own bedroom and knocked lightly on the door that adjoined Mrs. Jameston’s room before entering. Mrs. Jameston was already awake.

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