John took little note of the overcast sky hanging heavily above her. She moved absently about the little garden, snipping pink and red roses that she would later arrange to her satisfaction, one vaseful for her sitting room and one for her sister Elisabeth. And her father George disliked roses, so she cut none for him. She was adaptable in that way.
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That I would take him from you? That I would be angry? Katya, I am overjoyed. He is—he is incredible! The most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Dear old Vladimir. Always there when needed, always resourceful. If not for him, Katherine would never have met Dimitri, never have borne Alek. And to think how much she had resented him at one time. Dimitri said nothing until his carriage had driven away and then he turned to Katherine, his eyes expressing all the tenderness inside him.
Marry me. In his kiss was all the aching loneliness of so many months. And as usual, there was no bed around. Chapter Forty-two Vladimir was waiting for them in the entryway when Dimitri returned Katherine to her home. In his exuberance Dimitri clasped his longtime servant in a bear hug, leaving the poor fellow breathless.
Congratulations, and to you, my lady. I promise to have you whipped only on Saturdays. You really must choose your targets with more care. He knows very well. He just has a guilty conscience. He smiled to himself, shaking his head. His soon-to-be-wife was going to be a holy terror in his household. His people would never know when to take her seriously and when not, but it would certainly keep them on their toes.
And then he realized the same went for him and his smile widened. He turned to Vladimir. Is that all right, Katya? She only suspected he was yours.
Sonya had written her complaining about me, you see. She greatly admires your spunk, as she calls it. And she was quite as determined as I was to see us reconciled. Now I know why. She wants to coddle her great-grandson. John appeared at the top of the stairs. Practicing your French again, are you?
I want you to meet your future son-in-law. But this was going to get difficult. You are absolutely adorable when you mumble to yourself in a fit of pique. Got the habit from her mother, you know. Now there was a woman who could carry on the most interesting conversations, all by herself. And I was just leaving, too. The front door opened just as George reached it, and Elisabeth stepped in.
Katherine made the introductions and explained her happy news. Seeing Dimitri up close for the first time, she could only stare at him, spellbound. Katherine had to jab her in the ribs to bring her to her senses. Kit always did want to travel. And she has such a flair for business. But now, as much as I want to get to know her family better, I must ask you, little Beth, if you will excuse us for a short time. Your sister has only just agreed to marry me, and I still have much to say to her.
How many times had she been thrown into a jumble of confusion herself when Dimitri looked at her with those sensuous dark eyes. She was, in fact, still in a pleasant state of shock from which she doubted she would ever truly recover.
This man sai d he loved her. It was so inconceivable. How did she get to be so lucky? It was. The look in his eyes confirmed it. Here servants think nothing of opening doors and barging right in. You are, you know. Without you, there is no joy in my life. Do you believe it now? She did. This fairy tale had come true. About the Author Johanna Lindsey has been hailed as one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold.
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That I would take him from you? That I would be angry? Katya, I am overjoyed. He is—he is incredible! The most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Dear old Vladimir.