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My words this week come from ‘Eulogy’s Secret’, by Grace Elliot
Greed, prejudice and a stolen identity…
In the four weeks since her guardian’s death, Eulogy Foster has lost everything. She travels to London seeking the help of Lord Lucien Devlin, the estranged brother who doesn’t know she exists. But Lord Devlin turns her away and alone on the streets, Eulogy is attacked, robbed and thrown onto the mercy of a passing stranger.
Jack Huntley – bitter, cynical and betrayed in love -believes women are devious, scheming creatures and not to be trusted. So when one night he saves a naive young woman from rape, little does he suspect how life is about to change. Despite his growing attraction to Miss Foster, Jack has a problem: Eulogy Foster has a secret and he can’t trust her.
As Eulogy learns the haunting story of her mother’s past, she knows she will only marry for true love. Deeply drawn to Jack Huntley, she needs him to confess his love before she shares the secret of her birth. Caught in a deadlock, with neither able to confess their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as it becomes clear someone wants Eulogy Foster dead and will stop at nothing to achieve it.
1. …. THE TON
“Even if Devlin acknowledged her THE TON was more than bloodlines, but about fitting in, influence, manners and prestige ..”
THE TON … The ton is a term commonly used to refer to Britain’s high society during the Georgian era, especially the Regency and reign of George IV. It comes from the French word meaning “taste” or “everything that is fashionable” and is pronounced the same way as tone ([tɔ̃] in French). The full phrase is le bon ton, meaning good manners or “in the fashionable mode” – characteristics held as ideal by the British ton.
2. …. SHALLOP and TILT
“A gilt SHALLOP, as long as ten men are tall, with a covered TILT and pennants fluttering from the silk canopy.”
SHALLOP … [from French chaloupe, from Dutch sloep sloop] A pleasure barge is a flat bottomed, slow moving boat used for leisure. Many places where canals or rivers play a prominent role have developed pleasure barges for conducting religious ceremonies or waterborne festivities, or for viewing scenery.
TILT … A tilt being a covered section or primitive cabin for sheltering passengers.
3. …. PIANO NOBILE
“Jack led the way up to the PIANO NOBILE and stopped outside the double doors.”
PIANO NOBILE … (Italian, “noble floor” or “noble level”) Piano nobile is the main floor of a house, containing the reception rooms. Usually higher than the other floors, it is most commonly on the first floor, and has one or more shallower storeys above. As the most important storey of the building it is given greater prominence on the façade, often being slightly higher than the other storeys, and including decorative windows with elaborate surrounds.
There are just so many great words in this book, that there will be a second installment next week, so that I can share more of my ‘finds’ with you all …. until then Happy Reading and have a great week!