Meet a Dark Stranger

In New York Times–bestselling writer Jennifer Wilde’s spellbinding story of romantic suspense, an ominous horoscope proves eerily exact for a lady vacationing a old fashioned English city

“You will make a unexpected trip and meet a depressing stranger . . .”

writer Jane Martin doesn’t think in destiny, so while she stumbles throughout her horoscope within the newspaper at some point, she comes to a decision to ignore it. yet then her widowed brother calls, asking her to keep up his little ones whereas he’s away at a technological know-how convention. He’s even booked her a first class teach ticket.

En path to her brother’s residence, Jane is accosted through one stranger simply to be rescued via one other. this kind of good-looking males is destined back into her existence, simply because peaceable, centuries-old Abbotstown has been rocked through a string of unusual burglaries—and a homicide. There aren't any leads or suspects, yet Jane’s precocious niece Rebecca insists she is aware issues the police aren’t conscious of. After somebody attempts to damage in to the home, Jane reveals herself surrounded by means of too many males who say they wish to guard her and the kids. all at once she fears she is a pawn in a sinister intrigue during which she's going to now not manage to distinguish hero from villain.

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She glanced around the room as if for course, a nervous glance in her eyes. “I believe I’ll need to take a few extra money out of the financial institution. I can’t permit the little hussy suf—” She minimize herself brief, gave me a short look and sipped her tea. “Forgive me, dearie. i used to be considering my niece. She was once the following a couple of minutes in the past. by no means involves see her previous aunt until she’s in hassle. ” “Is she in hassle? ” I requested. Augusta didn’t resolution without delay. The apprehensive glance vanished from her eyes, changed by means of a crackling anger. Her mouth pressed right into a tight line, and her nostrils flared. “Those bastards—she used to be a very good lady whilst she first arrived, candy, blameless. Then she acquired in with that wild crowd—” I took a sip of my tea. “Your niece used to be engaged to the boy who was once killed, wasn’t she? ” “It was once an coincidence! ” she cried sharply. “They proved that! The papers—” Augusta broke off, her eyes excited, her rouged cheeks aglow. The query had thrown her. certainly. I questioned why. She fought to regulate the surprising burst of pleasure, not able to talk for a second, after which she set her tea cup down with a noisy clatter. “He used to be a good lad,” she acknowledged. Her voice was once chilly, not easy, with out emotion. “He got here to work out me numerous occasions. He came upon me a laugh. Oh, he knew i used to be an outdated fraud attempting to make myself look attention-grabbing, knew that straight away, however it didn’t topic. He enable me speak about the princess—sat there with a major expression on his face, by no means cracked a grin, pretended to think me. She by no means got here with him, simply that first time whilst she introduced him round to introduce him. He got here again on his personal, simply because he loved it. continually introduced a field of candies, continuously inquired if i wished anything—” “He should have been a really enticing younger guy. ” “He enjoyed her,” she endured within the similar flat voice. “Oh, she enjoyed him, too, I’ve doubtless approximately that, but—he wouldn’t holiday off the engagement. He was resolute to avoid wasting her, decided to discover out—” Augusta appeared down on the scrawny palms in her lap, letting the sentence grasp. After a second she sighed. “There was once not anything he may possibly do—” an extended silence undefined. Augusta had allow her defend down, revealing the lonely and embittered outdated lady who dwelled at the back of the shrewish facade. She was once certainly an outdated fraud, her eccentricities studied and planned, her sharp tongue and hateful demeanour mere affectations built through the years to conceal one other lady, on my own, afraid. She might otherwise be feared than pitied, and her raucous feuds and reign of terror have been like a smoke reveal thrown as much as continue someone from glimpsing the true Augusta. Now that i used to be an grownup i may see this sincerely, and it made me intensely uncomfortable. She sat there throughout from me in her preposterous beads, surrounded via her vegetation and occult books, and her sharp, angular face was once unusually appealing in repose. She had a curious the Aristocracy, i presumed. as if sensing my line of notion, she appeared up angrily, frowning. “You have been going to invite me whatever approximately Becky! ” she stated harshly. “I desired to be aware of if you’d obvious her this present day.

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