Meet Rufus Patmore (Character Interview by Beverley Oakley)
Please tell us your name and a little bit about you.
My name is Rufus Patmore and I’m a gentleman landholder with an interest in horses. That’s the reason I’ve travelled to Quamby House — to buy a horse from a fellow member of my Club. I’d rather not spend more time than necessary with the rather tiresome George Bramley, who lives on the estate of his uncle, the Earl of Quamby, but it’ll be a fleeing visit.
What gets you through the tough times?
I’m the eldest brother to three wonderful sisters. Their happy, good natures get me through the tough times. But, right now, I can’t tell them of my admiration – not love – for Miss Montrose, because Miss Montrose is betrothed to George Bramley. However, Bramley’s cousins-in-law, the two lovely Miss Brightwells, seem determined to see me succeed in my quest to win Miss Montrose’s affection.
What matters most to you?
Honour above all. It’s the reason I don’t want to be involved with Bramley, whom I suspect is planning to rig a horse race. It’s also the reason I’d prefer not to see Bramley wed the lovely, virtuous Miss Eliza Montrose. (No, it’s not that I’m falling in love with her for I would never steal another man’s betrothed. It’s just that she could do so much better than Bramley.)
What obstacles stand in the way of your happiness?
Honour, sadly. Miss Montrose is without equal, and yet she is hiding something. I wish she would be honest with me during the many opportunities I’ve given her but I suspect it’s that dark secret which prompts her to stop me asking for her hand in marriage. I would rather marry her on the basis I could forgive her her sins, rather than be denied a true love because she cannot trust me enough to confide in me.
If you could travel back in time to change one thing in your past, what would it be?
I would not have jumped the hedge and river on the horse I’d just bought before I knew he was not up to it. Causing in jury to Carnaby wracked me with guilt. Then again, it was Miss Montrose’s heroic actions in dragging me from beneath Carnaby’s dead weight that saved my life and brought us together.
About Devil’s Run (Scandalous Miss Brightwell Series)
A rigged horse race – and a marriage offer riding on the outcome. When Miss Eliza Montrose unexpectedly becomes legal owner of the horse tipped to win the East Anglia Cup, her future is finally in her hands – but at what cost?
George Bramley, nephew to the Earl of Quamby, will wager anything. Even his future bride.
Miss Eliza Montrose will accept any wager to be reunited with the child she was forced to relinquish after an indiscretion — even if it means marrying a man she does not love.
But when the handsome and charming Rufus Patmore buys a horse from her betrothed, George Bramley, whose household her son visits from the foundling home, her heart is captured and the outcome of the wager is suddenly fraught with peril.
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