A Mother's Secret by Dilly Court

By Dilly Court

While seventeen-year-old Belinda Phillips falls in love with a good-looking Anglo-Indian officer, she understands that he's a guy she will be able to by no means wish to marry. while he's said lacking, believed killed in motion, Belinda discovers that she is pregnant. dealing with shame and wreck, she has no choice except to just accept an prepared marriage with a middle-aged widower, understanding she needs to continue the key of her kid's delivery for ever. Reluctantly she sends her liked daughter to a foster mom in Cripplegate, little realising she has entrusted Cassy's care to Biddy Henchard, a girl who runs a infamous child farm in a space packed with poverty and illness. regardless of her bad upbringing, Cassy survives the outdated woman's merciless overlook. all of the whereas she goals of a mom she hasn't ever identified, hoping she is going to come and retailer her from her dreadful destiny. but if Biddy dies without warning, ten-year-old Cassy unearths herself destitute and with little wish of ever discovering the mummy she so longs for...

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She hesitated, eyes widening as she watched him take one. ’ Bailey tapped the side of his nose, winking. ’ Cassy reached up to cuff him gently round the ear. Her hand was too small to inflict pain and she did not intend to cause him harm, but she faced him like a small tiger. ’ He responded by lifting her off the ground and setting her on his shoulders. ’ She wrapped her arms around his neck as he jogged along the slippery pavement. His hands were warm on the bare skin of her calves as he held her in a firm grasp, but she felt safe with Bailey.

She was like a beautiful and delicate flower that had been plucked from its homeland to struggle for existence in a hot and sometimes alien environment. All his instincts were to love and cherish her, and to have her for his own, even though that seemed an impossible goal for a man of his lineage. Colonel Phillips might treat him like a son, but George was no fool. He was only too well aware that this would change in an instant the moment he asked for Belinda’s hand in marriage. He stroked the golden curls back from her forehead.

She left the room and at the sound of the front door opening and then closing again, Biddy released Cassy, throwing her across the room. ‘One word from you and I’ll slit your throat, you little bastard. ’ Chapter Three Belinda sat in front of her dressing table, staring at her reflection in the mirror. The eyes that looked back at her were the same as they had always been, large and blue, fringed with long corn-coloured lashes, but the expression in them was not that of the young girl desperately in love.

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