Maggie is trying to explain why she is there instead of New York where she should be.
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“That explains Mr. Sinclair’s absence,” he looked around them, “but not Miss Talbots. Is she still on the train?”
Maggie took a deep, steadying breath and braced herself. “Jenny met a man on the train and abandoned me in Omaha to marry him.” She rushed on, “I’m so sorry Mr. Black. It’ll take a little time but I’ll refund your money as soon as I return to New York.”
He cocked his head to one side and said, “I don’t want a refund, Mrs. Selby. I want a wife.”
“I don’t have one for you, Mr. Black.”
“Ah, but you do.” He smiled and she swore his eyes twinkled with merriment. “You have you.” He looked her up and down. “And I think you’ll do just dandy.”
Maggie stood there with her mouth agape until he reached over and gently lifted her chin with his knuckle.
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Oh, she’s in the soup now! Can’t wait to see what’s next.
I love this excerpt! In just a few paragraphs you have me wanting to read the entire story! The header on this website is fantastic!