The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, Book 2
The necessary death of Sicily’s father
Father Duncan, in an effort to save Nicolas, thinking him a good man in a difficult situation, convinces Antonio to protect him as he pretends to be his manservant. Antonio knows Nicolas requires more than that if the man is to stay alive. Antonio is going to have to kill Sicily’s father and make it look like an accident. Unfortunately, when Nicolas and Sicily return from their honeymoon on the continent, the Metropolitan Police are all over Antonio as the probable murderer of Sicily’s evil father. Only Nicolas insists Antonio had accompanied them to the continent and was always there when he called for him, so Inspector Yardrow had no choice but to let it go.
When Amy and her friend Domnika arrive in London, she discovers her guardian, Nicolas, is under the thrall of his ‘perfect’ wife. Neither is happy she has come. The only person who seems pleased with her arrival is the handsome valet, Antonio, who turns out to be far more than a servant.
Needing to escape her guardian’s care, Amy and Domnika take refuge at a fellow schoolmate’s home. Antonio leaves Nicolas’ service and becomes one of her many protectors. Unlike the other protectors, he becomes the first of many admirers that vie for her hand.
All the while, Nicolas continues to prove over and over that he is not the fine fellow her uncle had thought.
Who’s who and where are four of them sleeping?
As Nicolas and his valet, Antonio, sat on a bench overlooking the docks, Antonio interrogated him about Uncle John’s niece.
“Is she intelligent?”
“Frighteningly so. By now I suspect she knows more than most doctors in London about medicine.”
Antonio smiled. “A practical woman as well.”
“I hardly would call it a practical vocation,” Nicolas objected. “No one will ever accept a female doctor.”
“I suppose it depends upon the situation. The next time I get stabbed or shot, I’ll be most glad to allow her to tend my wounds.”
“You don’t even know her.”
“She’s the colonel’s niece. That’s all I need to know.”
“Well, I wish Sicily was half so obliging to like her. She hasn’t spoken to me in three days.”
“It is odd. I’ve never seen the two of you even argue before,” he admitted and then stood up. “That’s got to be them.”
Nicolas squinted but could not make out anything except the vague shape of a ship on the horizon. “You must have the eyes of an eagle.”
“Would she be the tall or shorter one?”
“Since she never said whether her friend was short or tall I could not tell you.”
“Red or black haired?”
“The tall one. She has the colonel’s stance. Ah, my kind sir, you failed to mention she was such a beauty.”
Nicolas frowned. “Antonio, I am not going to have a problem with you, am I? This is my ward who is arriving, not some toy for you to trifle with.”
Antonio chuckled. “Trifling with that beauty would cost a man his life. I recognize one of the four…no…I recognize them all. They are considerably older now, but they still look most formidable. Doesn’t appear they have led an easy life of retirement.”
Nicolas groaned as he realized that Amy had brought along Gunter and the Silent Three, Sam, Brick, and Tomas. Sicily would fall into hysterics when she discovered four additional servants added to the household, and the only work they would do was watch over Amy. Perhaps it was a good thing his wife was not speaking to him just now. He could only imagine what she would have to say about this revelation.
“Do you by chance know if there is room in the servant’s quarters for them?”
Antonio smiled. “Since half the servants will probably quit upon first sight of Gunter, I don’t imagine space will be a problem.”
“That is not a helpful observation.”
“Perhaps not, but true all the same. I’ll offer them room in my house, if you like.”
Nicolas smiled. “Thank you. I am certain everything would go much smoother if you would.”
“Ah you see, there is an advantage to your valet owning his own house,” Antonio teased.
Book 1- Pure Innocence
Book 2 – Love’s Betrayals
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Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations. Again…go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ sports. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.
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