After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift. Daisy is... read more
The search is on - either Daisy Bowman finds a husband before the end of May or her father, Thomas, will make her marry Matthew Swift, an American who doesn't meet her ideals at all but is very much a man her father endorses. During a week-long hunt party held at her sister Lillian's manor,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The search is on - either Daisy Bowman finds a husband before the end of May or her father, Thomas, will make her marry Matthew Swift, an American who doesn't meet her ideals at all but is very much a man her father endorses. During a week-long hunt party held at her sister Lillian's manor, she again meets Matthew, along with several other eligible men, and some of his other qualities begin to attract Daisy, in spite of the fact that her sister is strongly against him. Matthew has good reason to stay away from Daisy, but there seems to be a magnetism there and he can't resist. However, his past and the secret he has kept from everyone raises its head, threatening doom and the end to all plans.
“" --- most lives are not distinguished by great achievements. They are measured by an infinite number of small ones. Each time you do a kindness for someone or bring a smile to his face, it gives your life meaning. Never doubt your value --- "”Lord Westcliff to Daisy Bowman discussing her father's comment about her.
“It was symbolic of her future, this walk. She could only trudge forward with the knowledge that no matter how far or fast she went, she could not outdistance him.”No speaker - describing the walk Daisy and Matthew took when she wanted to ask him of her father's proposition.
“"Never do an enemy a small injury." (Machiavelli)”Matthew Swift to Daisy during the lawn bowling.
“"Not for all the hemp in China"”Daisy to Matthew, using a more accurate saying (China produced more hemp than tea)
“"Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be." (Machiavelli)”Daisy to Matthew, also during the lawn bowling.
“" --- no matter how a woman is attired, a gentleman can always detect the clues that betray her true status. A lady always has a soft, well-modulated voice whereas a shopgirl speaks with a strident tone and a vulgar accent."”Llandrindon to Mr. Mardling, discussing the poor being able to better themselves.
“"I would have so loved to learn about the Vikings.” Lillian snorted. “Since when have you been interested in warlike pagans with silly-looking headgear?” Daisy looked up from her book again. “Are we talking about Grandmother again?””Mercedes Bowman, her daughters Lillian and Daisy
“most lives are not distinguished by great achievements. They are measured by an infinite number of small ones. Each time you do a kindness for someone or bring a smile to his face, it gives your life meaning. Never doubt your value, little friend. The world would be a dismal place without Daisy Bowman in it.”Highlighted by 56 Kindle customers
A book had always been a door to another world…a world much more interesting and fantastical than reality. But she had finally discovered that life could be even more wonderful than a fantasy. And that love could fill the real world with magic.Highlighted by 25 Kindle customers
“Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be,” she replied, and saw the line of Swift’s cheek tighten with a sudden grin as he recognized the Machiavelli quote.Highlighted by 21 Kindle customers
Perhaps, in spite of all she had heard about the ideal of a perfect marriage, there was no such thing. Perhaps every marriage was a unique creation.Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
Hegelian theory…something always in the process of becoming something else, never attaining completion.Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
To put to rest any doubts you might have…I’m jealous of every man who comes within ten feet of you. I’m jealous of the clothes on your skin and the air you breathe. I’m jealous of every moment you spend out of my sight.”Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
“I’m not short. I’m…vertically disadvantaged.”Highlighted by 15 Kindle customers
She was the most provoking, beguiling woman he had ever met. Thunderstorms and rainbows wrapped together in a convenient pocket-sized parcel.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
“Miss Bowman, if I had enough pockets I could save the world.”Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
“The only harm I see,” Westcliff said quietly, “is in discouraging people who want to better themselves, out of fear that we will lose our perceived superiority.”Highlighted by 11 Kindle customers
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