Betsy's Story, 1934 (Secrets of the Manor)

Betsy's Story, 1934 (Secrets of the Manor)

Adele Whitby

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1481427520

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Someone is causing trouble at Chatswood Manor and it’s up to Betsy to find the culprit before it’s too late in the fifth book of this fascinating historical fiction series.

Betsy Northrop is about to turn twelve years old and per her family’s tradition, plans are underway for a magnificent birthday ball in her honor. Despite troubling times elsewhere, Betsy’s family is thriving, thanks to the good choices of Betsy’s mother, Beth. But then mishaps—both trivial and disastrous—start plaguing Chatswood Manor. Is someone determined to bring the family to ruin? Betsy vows to expose the culprit, but her home is one where secrets are easily hidden away. Will Betsy be able to uncover the truth and set things right?

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her voice like ice. “You have withdrawn a large sum of money from the general account,” said Lord Turley. “I would like to inquire why.” “And I would like to remind you that that is none of your business,” Mum said. “Your conservatorship does not extend to my personal use of my—” “Lady Betsy!” It was Maggie! And she looked horrified to discover me listening at the door! “Come away from there,” she said in a low voice. “You haven’t got the right to eavesdrop—” “I do!” I yelled, wrenching my

mother—I left my room. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to walk out of Chatswood Manor all on my own. Surely every footman and housemaid had heard about the scene at dinner—and my embarrassing punishment—but not a single one dared to stop me. The feeling of freedom was positively dizzying! There was a cheerful spring in my step as I set off down the twisty path that led to the heart of town. I couldn’t believe that this plan hadn’t occurred to me sooner. Of course a trip to town could help me

morning Mum and I spent in town—but there was even better news awaiting us when we got home. The moment we returned, Mr. Embry approached us, carrying a silver tray with a pale yellow envelope and a letter opener. “A letter from Lady Gabrielle,” he explained as he presented the tray to Mum. “A letter?” Mum asked. She read it right there in the entryway. “How peculiar,” Mum said when she finished. “Cousin Gabrielle has been unexpectedly called away on an errand. She hopes to be back in time for

only because I so very desperately desired to give it to Betsy for her birthday.” “But why?” I asked. “Why the Katherine necklace, of all things? Surely you know it could never belong to me—” Gabrielle grabbed my hand. “No, Betsy, you are the only one who should have it,” she said firmly. “I will explain everything.” “Good,” Mum said. “Because my patience is wearing thin.” Gabrielle looked pained, but for once she didn’t have a clever retort on the tip of her tongue. Instead, she said, “The

Kay,” I said. “I wish I could tell her how sorry I am that this has happened.” “You could write to her,” Mum suggested. “Aunt Kate promised she’d send a telegram with their new address as soon as the fate of Vandermeer Manor is settled.” I nodded. “I’ll write a letter right now and post it as soon as the telegram arrives.” Suddenly, an idea occurred to me. “Mum! Couldn’t we send them some money?” Mum sighed. “I’ve offered, Betsy. Of course I’ve offered,” she replied. “But Aunt Kate always

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