So far, she hadn't found a way to broach the subject with Brandon.
She was reluctant to broach the subject.
Sometimes it's hard to broach a subject – especially when you've avoided it for a while.
Finally she dragged up the courage to broach the subject.
The first collision of the English with the Mahratta power was in 1774 and resulted in 1782 in the treaty of Salbai, by which Salsette was ceded to the British, while Broach was handed over to Sindhia.