Simon shrank back, his lower lip quivering.
Lady Bridgerton stood and nodded. Sometimes that is best, she agreed. Why don’t you await me in the front hall? I will see to having a coach brought ‘round.Sophie turned and started to walk out, but when she reached the doorway, she stopped and turned around. Lady Bridgerton, I—
The older lady’s eyes lit up, as if she were expecting some good news. Or if not good, then at least something different. Yes?Sophie swallowed. I just wanted to thank you.The light in Lady Bridgerton’s eyes dimmed a little. Whatever for?
For having me here, for accepting me, and allowing me to pretend I was a part of your family.Don’t be sil—
You didn’t have to let me take tea with you and the girls, Sophie interrupted. If she didn’t get this all out now, she’d lose her courage. Most women wouldn’t have done. It was lovely ... and new ... and ... She gulped. I will miss you all.
You don’t have to go, Lady Bridgerton said softly.Daphne looked confused. I just passed by Anthony at the house. I thought he said he was on his way to fetch Miss Sheffield.
My sister, Kate explained. Edwina. I am Katharine. Kate to my friends.Well, if you are brave enough to play Pall Mall with the Bridgertons, I definitely want you as my friend, Daphne said with a wide smile. Therefore you must call me Daphne. And my husband Simon. Simon?
Oh, of course, he said, and Kate had the distinct impression that he would have said the same had she just declared the sky orange. Not that he wasn’t listening to her, just that it was clear he adored her to distraction.This, Kate thought, was what she wanted for Edwina.