Deleted Scenes

Deleted scene from The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

There was nothing worse than being forced to accept the unhappiness of one’s child.

When they’d been small, Violet reflected, she could almost always make everything right again. A kiss on a skinned elbow, a stern talk about the importance of studying for exams… She’d known what to do, and more importantly, she’d known how to do it.

But when her child wasn’t a child any longer, and his happiness lay so tightly in the palm of someone else’s hand…

She looked up at Benedict—her second son, the one who looked so breathtakingly like his father—and in the space of a second, she saw his heart break.

“What do mean, she’s gone?” he demanded.

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Alternate epilogue from How to Marry a Marquis

It was a perfect wedding… almost.

James Anthony Edward, Wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance, in the holy estate of Matrimony?  Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

James’s voice was loud and firm.  “I will.”

Elizabeth Mary, Wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony?  Wilt thou obey him, serve him, honour and keep him in sickness and in health; and forsaking all other, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

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Deleted scene from The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

Studies today were Latin and botany.  Olivia declared herself bored with exotic grasses and turned to me, instead.

Olivia bores easily.

But she did declare that my face no longer appears quite so long.  Then she decided that I shall be a Great Beauty, after all.

Olivia sometimes sees the world as she wishes it, and not as it truly is.

Then she announced (after I pointed out that I had no need of Great Beauty; I intend to find a husband among her thwarted suitors) that it didn’t matter, anyway.  I shall marry her brother.

I couldn’t speak.  How did she know?

Then I realized she meant Winston.

Perhaps sometimes I see the world as I wish it, too.


Deleted scene from The Lost Duke of Wyndham

“Turn the carriage around!”

“Ma’am!” Grace cried out in shock. But not really shock—it only sounded that way, because her voice didn’t know how else to sound. Grace, unfortunately, knew exactly what the dowager intended to do.

Elizabeth looked to her in panic. “Grace?” she implored.

“For the love of God,” Amelia snapped at her sister. “Be quiet.”

All eyes turned to Amelia, and for the first time in anyone’s memory, the dowager deigned to give her future granddaughter an approving glance.

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