Sophia Duncombe is playing a dangerous game, hiding from her father while working for the mysterious Lord Devon. Afraid someone will recognize her, she knows going to a ball with him is a bad idea, but she can’t explain why without telling secrets that would compromise her identity. She attends the ball, cautiously watching for acquaintances who could out her with even a casual greeting. Here’s how Sophia handles meeting an old friend at the ball: I loved writing this scene! And the best part: the fan language is historically genuine. Nowadays, we text each other with clandestine messages, but there was a time when a lady could carry on a conversation by gesturing with her fan. A few of my favorite signals: Pressing half-openContinue Reading