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Even more to learn about being Lord of the Manor. His brothers had teased him endlessly when they came to visit that time, but he didn’t care: this was where he belonged and he intended making a good job of being Lord of the Manor. He’d re-establish the annual things like the bonfire night party, the village show and the stocks day celebration, which had all been allowed to lapse in the last eighteen months. The older ones in the pub who sat at that table with the old oak settle down one side of it, they’d help him restart village traditions. In fact they’d be the very ones at the forefront reminding him. He heard a footstep close by, felt a warm, comforting hand in his. ‘Alice!’

‘I couldn’t let you come alone on such an auspicious day, so we’ve both come to be with you. Happy?’ Alice asked.

He put an arm around her shoulders. ‘Couldn’t be happier. And you?’

‘The same. It’s the right decision. I don’t know how I shall manage to change from a humble music teacher to Lady of the Manor but I’ll give it my best shot.’

‘Of course you will. We’ll both learn together. Not so much of the humble. You’re the best of the best.’

‘Thank you.’ She pressed his hand to her cheek in gratitude. ‘It’s getting too cold for Charles. Let’s get home; tomorrow is our new beginning.’

Full of pride, Johnny turned to look back at the house. ‘I wonder if Uncle Ralph knows we’ve bought his house back for him?’

‘I think maybe he does,’ Alice replied with a smile.

Also by Rebecca Shaw

 

Barleybridge Novels

A Country Affair

Country Wives

Country Lovers

Country Passions

One Hot Country Summer

Love in the Country

 

Turnham Malpas Novels

The New Rector

Talk of the Village

Village Matters

The Village Show

Village Secrets

Scandal in the Village

Village Gossip

Trouble in the Village

A Village Dilemma

Intrigue in the Village

Whispers in the Village

A Village Feud

The Village Green Affair

The Village Newcomers

A Village Deception

Copyright

 

AN ORION EBOOK

 

First published in Great Britain in 2012 by Orion Books.
This ebook first published in 2012 by Orion Books.

 

Copyright © Rebecca Shaw 2012

 

The right of Rebecca Shaw to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

 

All characters and events in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission in writing of the publisher, nor be otherwise circulated in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published without a similar condition, including this condition, being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

 

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

 

ISBN
: 978 1 4091 2303 3

 

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