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Lady Starling’s Stockings

Cerise DeLand

First Edition, Electronic Release
Copyright © 2011 by Cerise DeLand.

Cover Illustration: April Martinez
Cover Design, Copyright © 2011, April Martinez and Cerise DeLand.
Published by Cerise DeLand

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This is a work of fiction. Names of characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious and used fictitiously. Apart from well-known historical figures, any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

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Chapter One

Naples, Italy
September 30, 1815

Lady Solange Starling adjusted her mask and gazed out over the assemblage at the British Embassy, searching the ballroom wearing a blasé smile—and with a determination fraught with frustration.

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