By Betty Neels
A most fitted match!
Louisa Howarth loved her task as a doctor's receptionist—until Dr. Thomas Gifford seemed at the scene. She chanced on Thomas aloof and significant, yet awfully beautiful. So whilst Louisa found he used to be engaged to the utterly incorrect Helena, she determined it used to be her responsibility to prevent Thomas from creating a poor mistake. yet Louisa hadn't counted on her becoming emotions for Thomas, or at the probability that it wasn't Helena he desired to marry in spite of everything!
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Such a handsome man. ' She glanced up at Louisa, strolling along in her plain crepe dress with its little jacket. The girl has an eye for decent clothes, reflected Mrs Howarth, and she is quite lovely. A pity she is so large. ' She added quickly, 'Of course, we would have to have a specially nice meal. Perhaps you'd help out? ' It seemed the right moment. Louisa said in a matter-of-fact way, 'Well, I can't. I've found a dear little flat--it's about five minutes' walk from us. ' Mrs Howarth stopped short.
Mrs Howarth sulked for several days and gave vent to her annoyance by going shopping, buying expensive clothes on her credit cards, spending long hours with friends, playing bridge and gossiping. She ignored Louisa when she was home; this had no effect, though, for Louisa had her pretty head filled with ideas and schemes. She had gone to various estate agents and enquired about flats, and had been appalled at the rents of even the smallest ones. Of course Salisbury, being a cathedral city, had a certain prestige, and the area around the close where she would have liked to live was very expensive.
He's on the phone,' she said. ' Mrs Grant chuckled. 'So did Miss Fortesque, but that cut no ice with him. Very professional, he was, lovely manners, beautiful bedside manner, too, but remote, if you know what I mean. ' She glanced at Louisa. ' `Perhaps you could find out when you go back with him tomorrow,' said Jilly. `Certainly not,' said Mrs Grant. 'It's none of our business, Jilly. ' They were piling cups and saucers on the tray when the door opened and Dr Gifford put his head round. ' He motioned her to a chair.
An Ideal Wife by Betty Neels