Part Fifteen of Eighteen – Oliver Stanton from The Ultimate Escape, by Susana Ellis
Oliver Stanton grimaced. â€œI am. Willing to confess my love for Lady Julia Tate, that is. At this moment, I could shout it from the mountaintops, and would do so, if I thought she could hear it from whatever time period she has got off to.â€ He glanced at the curious faces of the six men around the table. â€œAccording to her mother, that is. Insists I go after her, if I love her. If.â€ he groaned. â€œIâ€™ve never loved anyone else.â€
Chadbourn raised an eyebrow. â€œAnd yet you wed another ladyâ€”a vicarâ€™s daughter, I believeâ€”about three years ago, was it not? I could swear I attended the wedding.â€
Huntingdon kicked Chadbourn under the table. â€œWhereâ€™re your manners, man?â€ he whispered. â€œThe lady died in a carriage accident last year.â€
â€œForgive me,â€ Chadbourn said, â€œI had forgotten that. My condolences.â€
Stanton bowed his head. â€œNo offence taken, Chadbourn. Iâ€™m the one to blame for this imbroglio. If only I had not allowed my pride to prevent me from confessing my feelings for Juliaâ€¦ we should have been married for years by now.â€ He rolled his eyes. â€œOr at least in the same time period,â€ he added.
Jasper leaned forward. â€œNow that is quite an interesting conundrum. Travel through time, I mean. How is it done, I wonder? What would happen if you went back in time and confronted yourself? Your past self.â€
Redepenning elbowed him. â€œNot helpful, Arlington.â€ He turned back to Stanton. â€œI, for one, donâ€™t wish to know. If Miss Pritchard got wind of it, Iâ€™d never pin her down. Chasing after her all over England is much easier, in comparison.â€
Beacham narrowed his eyes. â€œYouâ€™re a fool if you donâ€™t go after her,â€ he snapped. â€œYou lost her once when you married another without bothering to find out her feelings about you, and youâ€™ll lose her again if you sit here moaning over the past.â€
â€œHeâ€™s right,â€ Herrendon chipped in. â€œYou canâ€™t do anything about the pastâ€”â€ his gaze cloudedâ€”â€œer, I donâ€™t think you can anyway. Be a bit risky if you could. Now what was I saying?â€
â€œYouâ€™ve had enough, Herrendon,â€ advised Wyndale with ducal authority. â€œWhat he means is,â€ the duke said with a hard look at Stanton, â€œBe off! Vamoose! Before Lady Julia meets some bloke in the future who isnâ€™t afraid to say pretty things to her.â€
â€œGo, man! Because if the gel decides to stay in the future, her mother will make your life miserable,â€ warned Chadbourn. â€œThat woman is a force beyond nature.â€
â€œAnd her daughter is like her,â€ said Oliver Stanton, rising from his seat. â€œIâ€™m off. Gentlemen, I thank you for your candor. If my mission is successful, I will ensure that you are all invited to my wedding. Again.â€
He rushed out of the room in search of his hat and coat.
â€œThatâ€™s one down,â€ Chadbourn said. â€œWhoâ€™s next?â€
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Meet Oliver Stanton in The Ultimate Escape:
On the eve of her wedding, Julia realizes she cannot marry her fiancÃ© after all, no matter that itâ€™s been her dream for eight long years. Too distraught to face him, she follows in her motherâ€™s footsteps and flees to the future for a brief reprieve.
Oliver knows he has bungled things badly, but he is determined to win the woman he loves, even if he must travel through time to do it.
In this collection of novellas, the Bluestocking Belles bring you seven runaway Regency brides resisting and romancing their holiday heroes under the mistletoe. Whether scampering away or dashing toward their destinies, avoiding a rogue or chasing after a scoundrel, these ladies and their gentlemen leave miles of mayhem behind them on the slippery road to a happy-ever-after.
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