1. chapter 1
The trees are lightly dusted with snow and the air is crisp. I stare out of the carriage window to the sparkling wood covered in a blanket of snow.
" Lizzy dear, are you excited for your first party?" my Mother's voice breaks me out my trance. "Yes,Mother." I lie.
Today we are riding to the Barker's annual Christmas party. My parents say that since I am now sixteen I can attend, but I know the real reason. I am arranged to marry the Barker's son James. In the 1700s my family struck it rich with there plantations so now we live the high life.
Yet my family is in need to expand there farms and the Barkers have just enough land to do that. You could say I am the key to all there problems.
We arrive at the Barkers large farmhouse and my father jumps out of the carriage. My mother gives me a warm smile and then climbs out after him. I take a deep breathe and fix the buttons to my fur jacket then step out. My father takes my hand and walks me up to the door. A maid greets us and says "Mr.Barker is expecting all of his guests in the Grand room." We thank her and make our way to the Grand room. butterflies flutter in my stomach and I feel uneasy but I step into the room of booming people.