Part 1, February 12 Summary
Ashton writes Sophie to tell her that Markham V. Reynolds has finally become more than an embossed card attached to some flowers. She agreed to go to dinner with him at the elegant Claridge’s and then spent the next three days worrying about her hair. (She would also have been worrying about what to wear if she had not just gotten a new dress.) After several failed hairstyling attempts, a neighbor lady came to Ashton’s rescue and in just a few moments created an elegant upsweep—and Ashton could even move her head when the woman was finished. She tells Sophie about her evening.
When she sees Reynolds for the first time, Ashton’s confidence immediately leaves her. He is a stunning man, tanned with “blazing blue...
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