The Necklace IX
Linda S Rice
Fiction, Erotic, Historical, Romance
March 19, 2022
It’s been three years since James’s father, Viscount Winston Lynton, died mysteriously in a carriage accident in Vienna, his fob watch and signet ring missing from his body. When Caleb and Sir William recover the watch and return it to James’s mother, Lady Emily, questions arise surrounding the accident, especially when Lord Marcus Stone, a fellow antiquities collector, surfaces in Surrey inquiring about the watch.
Will the mystery surrounding the late viscount be solved?
Meanwhile, James and Susan have been granted permission to marry, and a wedding is planned for the end of October. But then Lady Emily, James’s mother, falls into a coma after being struck by a falling tree in her garden, causing Lady Susanna to risk her own health by stubbornly refusing to leave her bedside. And when a Scarlatina outbreak later strikes down Susanna, James fears for her life. After all, there are no antibiotics in 1815 Regency England.
The wedding is again postponed to Christmas Day. Will James and Susan finally marry? Or will another calamity befall them when Susanna’s mother, the Duchess of Bradford, who fiercely opposes the match, unexpectedly returns to Surrey?
As “The Necklace” series draws to an end, James and Susan encounter yet more obstacles to their plans for marriage.
Lady Emily falls into a coma when struck down by a falling tree in her garden. Lady Susanna’s stubborn vigil by her bedside creates tension between her and Viscount Lynton and her father, the Duke of Bradford. The duke recommends the engagement be broken due to Susanna’s outrageous behavior and lack of respect for her betrothed.
Then when an outbreak of Scarlatina overcomes Hollingsworth Manor and strikes down Susanna, James fears for her very life. With no antibiotics, he worries the disease will prove fatal.
In the meantime, the mystery of Jame’s father’s death in Vienna three years in the past comes to the fore when his demise is determined to be murder, not a carriage accident. His signet ring and fob watch that went missing are discovered to be a secret means to obtain valuable items of antiquity. Is Lord Stone, Earl of Blackthorn, a fellow collector to the senior Lord Lynton, responsible?
Adding to the obstacles thrown in the young couple’s path, Susan’s mother, the Duchess of Bradford, returns from her banishment to Scotland. Will she once again put a spoke in the wheel to prevent the marriage?