Sweet Bea by Sarah Hegger
A Sir Arthur’s Legacy Series Novel
Releasing September 1st, 2014
Lyrical Press, Inc.
Is anything sweeter than revenge?
In a family of remarkable people, ordinary Beatrice strives to prove herself worthy. When her family is threatened with losing everything, she rushes to London to save them. Unfortunately, she chooses as her savior the very man who will see her family brought low.
Garrett has sworn vengeance on Sir Arthur of Anglesea for destroying his life when he was a boy and forcing his mother into prostitution for them to survive. He has chosen as his instrument Sir Arthur’s youngest daughter, Beatrice.
Can Beatrice’s goodness teach Garrett that love, not vengeance, is the greatest reward of all?
Beatrice tried, she honestly tried, to be demure and mild-mannered and tranquil.
But there was an awful lot of sitting about to being a lady. Sooner or later, the itch would start somewhere within and end in her breaking for freedom as fast as her legs could carry her.
She yelped as Nurse hit another tangle and pulled. It was hard to be the family disappointment. Of the five living children Sir Arthur and Lady Mary had sired, it stood to reason all five could not be exceptional. Her only outstanding characteristic appeared to be a propensity for finding mischief. She didn’t have to try. Every time there was mischief about, it landed at her feet.
Blessedly, Nurse found no more snarls and brushed Beatrice’s hair in long, soothing strokes.
Garrett loved her hair. He thought her beautiful and passionate and clever.
He was leaving.
Beatrice’s heart sank.
“What is that face?”
Beatrice smoothed her expression, but not fast enough to stop the interrogation.
“You are having a mope again, are you not?”
“I am not moping.” Beatrice ducked her chin to hide her face. “I do not like to be
constantly reminded I am not Faye.”
It worked like a magic potion. Nurse’s expression softened. “There, there, pet.”
Nurse grasped her chin. “You will find your own way.” She gave Beatrice’s cheek a pat as she released her. “You will find what makes you special.”
She already had, Beatrice wanted to yell. Garrett made her special. She shrugged and let Nurse draw whatever conclusions she wanted. Anything was better than letting Nurse get a hint of the true reason for her sudden glum mood. “How is Mother today?”
“Too old to be having another babe.” Nurse’s gaze flew to Beatrice’s and away again. “She will be fine. She has brought five healthy babes into this world and only two stillborn. She is a strong woman, your mother, and she will bear this one fine.”
Nurse sounded too hearty. The old besom was hiding something. “Will she meet Sir Godfrey?”
“Nay. Lady Mary is not having a good day, and I have tucked her up in bed. Henry will have to do what is needed.”
“Shall I go and see her?”
“Nay.” Nurse squeezed her hand. “She is resting. It is the best medicine for her.”
“She has been resting a lot of late,” Beatrice said.
“Aye.” Nurse turned her back and smoothed the bed linens. There was naught wrong with the bed linens.
Beatrice stepped closer to see Nurse’s face better. “Mother will be all right, will she not?”
“Aye, aye.” Nurse moved to smoothing the furs. She chewed on her bottom lip like she did when something troubled her. Nurse caught her looking and stopped. “Wipe your face.” Nurse swiped the cloth over her cheeks.
“Nurse.” She grabbed the cloth and pulled it away from her face. “Tell me true. Mother will be all right, will she not?”
Nurse opened her mouth and shut it again.
“Tell me.” Nurse sighed.
“I do not know.”
Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
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