"Encouragement", Ch. 24 End (PG-13, LS): Love Fulfilled, 

December 30, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1023)  

(An original Regency romance copyrighted by Gratiana Lovelace; all rights reserved) [(1) story cover, left]

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story characters with: Richard Armitage as Lord Christian Blount Earl of Sussex, Kate Winslet and Emma Lady Hamilton as Lady Madeline Lucretia Sinclair, Dame Maggie Smith as Lady Lucretia Beckham Knott, Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Elizabeth Blount, Crispin Bonham-Carter as Lord Harold Blount, Dame Judi Dench as Lady Catherine Blount the Dowager Countess of Sussex, Rupert Penry Jones as Lord Duncan the Viscount Lindsay, Corin Redgrave as Squire Sutton Sinclair, Amanda Root as Mrs. Russell, Hugh Griffith as Lord Christian's solicitor Mr. Rittenhouse, and others as noted.]

Authors Content Note: "Encouragement" is a frothy love story with sometimes humorous and sometimes dramatic themes of love and relationships. It will mostly be at the PG and PG-13 movie levels. Specific chapters or passages may have a further rating of: D for dramatic emotions, and LS for love scenes that are tenderly sensuous and not explicit. And I will rate the chapters accordingly. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide for a chapter, then please do not read that chapter. This is my disclaimer. And as is my habit, I will summarize the previous chapter's events at the beginning of each chapter.

Author's recap from the previous chapter: Lord Christian learns that one of his late Grandfather Earl's investments will provide him with a windfall of funds, but the good news produces different reactions from his family. And his brother Lord Harold's ill considered suggestion that Lord Christian could now annul his unconsummated marriage to Lady Madeline met with outrage from Lord Christian, and doubt from Lady Madeline—which Lord Christian rushed to relieve. Yet Lord Christian realizes that he will still need to reassure his wife Lady Madeline of his continued love and tenderness. All the while tempering his very real passion for her—until she is well enough to receive is loving adoration.

"Encouragement", Ch. 24 End (PG-13, LS): Love Fulfilled

With Lady Madeline growing stronger every day—and needing fewer naps—Lord Christian is hopeful that his bride and he will share a night of loving passions soon. So after Sunday's rescheduled to Monday afternoon tea with Lady Madeline and his sister Lady Elizabeth chatting away secretively in a corner--whilst Lord Christian and his brother discuss some of the important creditors being paid off from the Keeling-Waring Mines dividend proceeds—Lord Christian is grateful to have his wife to himself again.

Later that evening after dinner as Lord Christian and Lady Madeline cozily sit cuddling side by side on the sette before the fireplace crackling in the study of their Sussex Family hunting lodge newlywed hideway—though having family visitors each of the last two days seems to challenge the hideaway nature of it—Lord Christian's curiosity gets the better of him. And though he is an Earl now, he is not accustomed to ordering people to capitulate—especially not his new bride and countess, Lady Madeline. So he makes his information request in a roundabout way.

Christian Lord Sussex: "You and Lizzie seemed thick as thieves at tea today." He quirks up a bemusedly quizzical brow and Lady Madeline merely smiles. She can be discreet and keep her friend and new sister-in-law's confidence—maddeningly so, thinks Lord Christian. "Well, will you not tell me what was so interesting?" He pouts.

Lady Madeline: "Ladies must keep their confidences." Her husband pouts further. "Alright, but I will only give you hints. If you divine what is in your sister's heart, you did not hear it from me."

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