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The Brilliant Mrs. Windsor Chapter 3

Chapter 3: An Uninvited Guest at

the Engagement Party

“Mr. Vanderbilt, are you alright? Would you like me to help you inside?”

Isabella feigned innocence, as if

oblivious to his revulsion.

Oliver instinctively stepped back, his eyes darting disdainfully at the

approaching hands as if fearing


With a frustrated huff, his face flushed with anger, he stormed into the hall.

By then, most guests had arrived. Isabella’s lips curved into a subtle smile, anticipating the drama that was about to unfold.




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Inside the hall, the atmosphere was filled with the fragrance of perfumes. and the rustle of fine garments.

Although the gathering comprised only The Sterling’s close friends and relatives, the hall was nearly full, except for the prominent seat left empty at the front. It was reserved

for Alexander, who, to Charlotte’s

dismay, showed no signs of


Edward Sterling cleared his throat, ready to deliver his opening


“Distinguished guests, today marks the joyous occasion of my elder daughter’s engagement. As you all know, Isabella was adopted into our family. However, we have always treated her as our own. Now that she has found a wonderful match, we

share in her happiness.”



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Edward spoke with enthusiasm, but Oliver interpreted his words with a

different connotation.

What glorious match? It was clear they saw him as a gullible fool, a scapegoat to offload their problems


He was, after all, the CEO of a

publicly–traded company, not

someone to be taken advantage of so blatantly.

Seized by indignation, Oliver abruptly stood, clenching his teeth, and declared, “Mr. Sterling, I’ve changed my mind. If you want my help to save The Sterling, you must marry Charlotte to me!”

Edward was momentarily taken aback, his face betraying a flicker of embarrassment.

“Mr. Vanderbilt, perhaps you’ve had




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too much to drink? We had an


“Stop with the nonsense. Either

marry Charlotte to me, or watch The Sterling collapse!”

His ultimatum turned all eyes

towards Charlotte, standing behind

Edward, who bit her lip in

mortification, having never

anticipated such a turn of events.

“Mr. Vanderbilt, as you know, Mr. Alexander and I…”

“Your so–called relationship with Mr. Alexander hasn’t even started. Don’t use Mr. Alexander to intimidate me. If he really valued you, The Sterling wouldn’t need to beg me for help.”

His words struck a nerve with

Charlotte, who had been linked with Alexander through rumors for years, though she knew her feelings were




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mostly unrequited. Alexander never denied nor confirmed their

relationship, leaving her in a painful limbo.

As the guests were reeling from the shock, the hall’s doors swung open, admitting a group of imposing figures clad in black, their entrance so dramatic that one might mistake them for robbers.

The hall erupted into chaos, the so–called elite cowering under tables, unaccustomed to such disruption. Isabella ducked down too, not out of fear but to avoid drawing attention.

Then, a pair of polished shoes halted in front of her, reflecting her face on their gleaming surface. The camera–so to speak–pans up to reveal Alexander’s icy countenance.

“You, stand up.”



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Isabella obeyed, her demeanor meek as a kitten, seemingly overawed by Alexander’s presence.

“Boss, she’s The Sterling’s adopted daughter,” Sebastian Blackwood, Alexander’s assistant, cautiously reminded, his gaze laced with suspicion. The girl before them, looking terrified and somewhat

dazed, didn’t seem capable of breaching Ascot Group’s servers.

Alexander’s brow furrowed subtly. At his signal, bodyguards closed in.

“Take her.”

Lifted off her feet by the guards,

panic flickered in Isabella’s eyes.

“What are you doing? Dad, mom, help me…‘

She looked desperately towards Edward, who was visibly sweating, bowing subserviently.


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“Mr. Alexander, what is the meaning

of this?”

At the mention of “Mr. Alexander,” the guests, who had been sheltering in fear, peeked up, their curiosity piqued.

Though many were wealthy in their own right, they paled in comparison to The Windsor. Alexander’s rare public appearances meant few had

ever seen him.

Now, as they beheld his profile–his sharp brows and commanding gaze–he seemed every inch the

sovereign he was, towering above the

realms of Lorchester’s elite.

The Brilliant Mrs. Windsor by Jasmine Joy

The Brilliant Mrs. Windsor by Jasmine Joy

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In a delightful twist of fate, Lady Isabella found herself inadvertently ensnared by Riverdale’s most powerful magnate, Alexander Windsor. Rumors swirled, predicting her doom, yet she effortlessly transformed into the cherished wife he seemingly couldn’t bear to part with for even a moment, as if wishing to keep her in his pocket or tethered to his side at all times. Isabella Sterling quirked a l*p, “A mere two billion, I shall return it then…” The man leaned in, his charm palpable, “And how do you propose to repay? With your heart, or something more tangible?” Since taking residence at The Windsor, Mr. Alexander’s incurable condition miraculously improved. He ate well, worked tirelessly, his demeanor blooming like spring peaches, heart swelling with joy, capable of sleeping soundly for three days straight without a care. Until one day, someone unwittingly stumbled upon the lady’s secrets. The top hacker shaking the core of Caloria was her! The financial tycoon whose name echoed around the globe was her! The prodigious healer with the golden touch was her, her, and again her… The elite ladies of high society wept, their makeup smeared, as they faced a fearsome rival. “You go first, I’ll retreat!” In Riverdale, where a mere stomp of Mr. Alexander’s foot could cause a tremor, he famously said, “A king does not live off his wife, unless she is overwhelmingly beautiful!”


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