By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
"Her marriage to speeding American transport mogul Jeff Birmingham indications the start of an excellent new lifestyles for Raelynn Barrett. within the loving preserve of her husband's embody, the ache of loss is decreased, as is her anger over her family's tragic and undeserved shame. yet test as she may perhaps, Raelynn can't shut her ears to the tough accusations and whispered rumors approximately her new wife that buzz round her head like bees. and he or she can't deny what her personal eyes see, although the pictures ahead of her appear to model her darling Jeff because the worst kind of felony, forcing her to escape his hope and his love.
Yet Jeff understands he's blameless --- although he's ignorant of the conspiracy that has shrouded his marriage in secrets and techniques and now imperils it with lies. And he'll oppose the treachery with each fiber of his being to be able to look after his threatened happiness --- to win again the belief of the lady he cherishes ... and safe his position without end in his loved Raelynn's heart.
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Extra resources for A Season Beyond a Kiss (Birmingham, Book 2)
Commentary The moving reconciliation of Mrs Rouncewell with her son is another illustration of parent-child relationships in the novel, a theme which is also touched on ironically when Mrs Rouncewell wonders if Lady Dedlock can imagine her maternal feelings. The theme of the law also re-emerges when Mrs Bagnet compares truth and justice with law and lawyers. Lady Dedlock's flight now becomes the major cause of suspense in the novel's last chapters. Chapter 56 Summary Sir Leicester suffers a stroke and can only communicate with Mrs Rouncewell by writing.
Trooper George gives Richard fencing lessons and seems to recognise Esther, although they have never met. Esther accompanies Richard to Chancery to hear Jamdyce and Jarndyce discussed, but the case is referred back. Mr Guppy introduces Esther to Mrs Chadband, whom Esther recognises as Mrs Rachel, her godmother's servant. George reveals that he has been hiding Gridley, who is wanted by the police and is very ill. Miss Flite accompanies Esther and George to the shooting gallery, where the physician summoned by George proves to be Inspector Bucket in disguise, but Gridley dies before he can be arrested.
Chapter23 Summary Esther returns from the holiday at Boythorn's during which she declined 22 Hortense's offer to become her maid. Richard is less interested in becoming a lawyer and more and more dependent on a successful outcome of the Chancery case. Esther helps Caddy and Prince to tell old Mr Turveydrop that they want to marry and he consents, but Mrs Jellyby is too immersed in her philanthropic correspondence even to be upset by the news! Esther acquires a maid, Charley Neckett, and weeps at Mr Jarndyce's kindness.