Karen Hawkins

“Jack! Pray tell Miss MacFarlane that the roads are impassable."
"The roads are impassable," he replied immediately.
"And that she should stay at least another day."
"You should stay at least another day," he repeated, a twinkle in his eyes.
Fiona nodded. "And that she is more then welcome here."
"I am certain she knows that."
"And how we'd love to have her for another week, at least,and-"
Jack laughed and took his wife's hand. "Fiona, my love, I believe Miss MacFarlane is very aware that we both wish her to stay."
Sophia had to smile. "I am very flattered, but we really must go. There've been so many unexpected storms that the roads could easily get worse."
Jack snorted a laugh while Fiona glanced up the stairs. "Haven't there been," she said grimly before returning to gaze at Sophia. "I am so disappointed you are leaving."
There was genuine warmth in Fiona's voice. "I am, too,but I must get back to my father, who has been ill. I was only to be gone one day, and he'll worry if I don't return immediately."
"I suppose you can't-"
"She's not going anywhere."
Sophia closed her eyes at the deep voice from the top of the stairs. Her enitre body had tightened at the sound, traitor that it was.
Dougal came down the stairs to stand before Sophia, his expressioin guarded and tense. "Fiona,Jack, would you mind giving me a few moments' private speech with Miss MacFarlane?"
"Will you attempt to persuade her to stay?" Fiona asked in a hopeful tone.
"Absolutely." His dark gaze never left Sophia.
"Very well," his sister said, taking her husband's arm. "Come,Jack. I'm famished."
He sent a stern glance at Dougal. "We will be in the breakfast room if we're needed."
"You won't be needed," Dougal snapped.
"Jack,stop it," Fiona hissed. She tugged him into the breakfast room and closed the door.”

Karen Hawkins, To Catch a Highlander
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To Catch a Highlander (MacLean Curse, #3) To Catch a Highlander by Karen Hawkins
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