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Partridge and the Peartree

by Patricia Kiyono

Published by Astraea Press

www.astraeapress.com


Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2012 PATRICIA KIYONO


This is a work of fiction. Names, places, characters, and events are fictitious in every regard. Any similarities to actual events and persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental. Any trademarks, service marks, product names, or named features are assumed to be the property of their respective owners, and are used only for reference. There is no implied endorsement if any of these terms are used. Except for review purposes, the reproduction of this book in whole or part, electronically or mechanically, constitutes a copyright violation.


PARTRIDGE AND THE PEARTREE

Copyright © 2012 PATRICIA KIYONO

ISBN 978-1-62135-093-4

Cover Art Designed by Elaina Lee


To my marvelous critique partner Marti, who literally pulled this manuscript out of the trash and helped me fill in the holes. Thanks for your faith in me, and for your willingness to use your eagle eyes to turn a hodgepodge of ideas into a story.


Chapter One


Phillip Peartree, Tenth Duke of Bartlett, squinted as he scanned the titles on the dusty shelves of his favorite bookstore. He needed something new to read, something to help him relax and forget the depression weighing him down ever since he'd inherited his burdensome title. Phillip had been aware of his father's extravagant tastes, but he'd had no idea about the extent of debt they'd caused. Debt that had become his worry and responsibility. In the two years since his father's passing, the young duke had managed to satisfy most of his creditors by selling off part of his estate and working hard to improve what was left. Needing a respite, he'd decided to spend the holiday season in London, near his sister and nieces.

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