Splendid by Julia Quinn

Prologue Boston, Massachusetts February 1816 “You’re sending me away?” Emma Dunster’s violet eyes were wide open with shock and dismay. “Don’t be so dramatic,” her father replied. “Of course I’m not sending you away. You’re just going to spend a year in London with your cousins.” Emma’s mouth fell open. “But...why?” John Dunster shifted uncomfortably in his chair. “I just think that you ought to see a little more of the world, that’s all.” “But I’ve been to London. Twice.” “Yes, well, you’re older now.” He cleared his throat a few times and sat back. “But—” “I don’t see why this is such a hardship. Henry and Caroline love you like their own, and you told me yourself that you like Belle and Ned better than any of your friends in Boston.” “But they’ve been visiting for two months. It’s not as if I haven’t seen them recently.” John crossed his arms. “You’re sailing back with them tomorrow, and that’s final. Go to London, Emm
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