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Born into a family with too many children and not nearly enough money, Ariadne Porter has spent the last ten years of her life living with her Aunt Malory and Uncle Dominic.Brought to Cobb Manor as a companion to her cousin Phillipa, her only real friend is Mr. Cobb’s adopted son and heir, Arthur. But even this comfort is fraught, as Arthur is intended for Phillipa. So in spite of whatever she may feel, she keeps her head down, her temper in check, and her tongue firmly between her teeth. But when the wealthy Mr. Fischer rents a nearby estate and brings along his friend, notorious rake-hell Gabriel Eames, the fragile equilibrium of Ariadne’s world is shattered and she has to choose between her hope for the man she has always loved and the exciting life that Eames offers.
Or does she?
- Part 1 of When the Hurlyburly's Done