room A. Sands, who had knocked to tell her that she had better come out, was waiting to guard her for the last time. Neither had much to say. The hope of haven had not raised the girl's spirits. As Sands gave her a hand, stepping on to the platform, he saw Justin O'Reilly, already out of the train and looking about with the air of expecting someone. O'Reilly took off his hat, with an unnecessarily cordial smile for Sands. At heart they were enemies. Roger took the smile to mean amusement at sight of his companion. He felt annoyed. Miss White was looking straight ahead, a brilliant colour staining the cheeks usually pale.
The rendezvous, she had explained to him, was at a news stand. "There!" she said, "that is where he will be. There's such a crowd, I can't see him yet."
They neared the news stand, and as "Miss White" was a tall girl whose head could be seen above the hats of average women, he expected a man to start eagerly forward. But no man separated himself from the crowd. She was beginning
This is something a little different from the Williamsons. Usually their books are light and frothy confections, but this one has very little lightness about it. It is a fast-paced and somewhat suspenseful tale of a beautiful woman who enlists the help of a stranger on a train, marries him (she, of course, fell in love with him instantly as he did with her) and tries like crazy to keep her "matter of life and death" secret from him with the help of a young friend. It keeps you going right to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great escapism.
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