Lady Elvina, the daughter of the Earl Winwood, was rich, beautiful and in love. Any day now Captain Andrew Broadmoor would propose to her. But then she overheard him saying that he did not love her and would marry her only for her money. Elvina fled, travelling to Cumberland, where she had heard that the Duke of Castleforde was looking for a governess for his unruly sister, Violet.
When John Chester returned to England after suddenly inheriting a Dukedom, he knew his life had changed forever. But he didn't know just how much. Gina Wilton was like a breath of fresh air. But she was also everything John disapproved of in a young woman, independent, assertive, always ready to contradict him. Yet she had ideas about restoring his dilapidated castle, and he found he needed her help. The more they were together, the more he noticed how pretty she was, how witty and sparkling.
Lady Novella Crownley has been teaching at a girls' school far from her ancestral home, Crownley Hall, and one day her mother asks her to return. She leaves at once, only to find that so much has changed since her last visit home. Her beloved father, the Earl of Crownley, had died some years earlier, leaving her mother lonely and unable to cope on her own. Unknown to Novella her mother had remarried, and the first time she met her new stepfather, Lord Buckton, she didn't like him at all.
Shana, the beautiful daughter of Lord Hallam, has not yet been a debutante, as she has been helping her father write his autobiography. Although retired from the Foreign Office, Lord Hallam agrees to go abroad, leaving his daughter alone in the country. Before he leaves he asks Shana to run an errand to the landlord of the village inn known as the Rose and Crown, where she finds there is a crisis in the kitchen and offers to cook luncheon for the Marquis of Kilbrooke and his shooting party.
Justina Mansell, the youngest daughter of Lord and Lady Mansell, is told that her sister has been invited to visit India but cannot accept. So Justina jumps at the chance to go in her place. Her aunt arranges for her to be chaperoned onboard ship by the stately Mrs. Arbuthnot, who is travelling with her two daughters and her little terrier, Muffin. Justina is quickly attracted to the good-looking Sir Thomas Watson, who is most attentive and much admires her beauty when he joins the Arbuthnot table for dinner.
When the Balkan Prince Stanislaus demanded an English bride, Queen Victoria decided to send him Lady Lavina, whose family had a slight connection with royalty. Determined to avoid this fate, Lavina threw herself on the mercy of the Marquis of Elswick, a disagreeable man who had turned his back on the world following betrayal by the woman he had loved. Surprisingly, he agreed to help by pretending to be engaged to Lavina, and, with her father, they left to visit her relatives in Scotland.
Edwina is taken to London by her aunt to be presented at court and brought out as a debutante. Unfortunately, her aunt has an accident, which kills her, and Edwina realises she will have to go back to the country having attended none of the balls as she had hoped and expected. But unexpectedly, Betty Brook, who is the daughter of the local vet, but who has become a Gaiety Girl, comes to see her
"Another great book from Barbara Cartland!!"
Sylvia, daughter of the Duke of Belham, is bored with the various young men she meets at Lady Lamborne's masked ball. At last she escapes their attentions and makes her way into the cool, moonlit garden, where she encounters a masked stranger. The following morning, Sylvia's father reveals that he has amassed such debts from his gambling that the family can no longer maintain their high profile London life. They must return to Castle Belham and Sylvia realises that she will never see her mystery stranger again.
Venetia was very lonely after the death of her parents. So when her cousin Mary begged her to help to save her from a forced marriage, Venetia was ready. Mary was in love with another man and expecting his child. yet the Queen wanted her to marry the Earl of Mountwood at a moment's notice and go with him to India. A reckless impulse made Venetia promise to take Mary's place at the altar. She would worry about the consequences later.
I will not marry a man I do not love! When Lady Verena's widowed father suddenly remarries, she finds that her stepmother is anxious to make a match of convenience for her new stepdaughter and produces a suitor who repels her. Verena has always sworn that when she marries, it will be for love and for no other reason. Feeling that she has no choice but to run away, Verena makes a daring midnight escape from her home.
"Worst book ever"
Concealed near the stagedoor, Lokita could see the handsome stranger who had sent her orchids and the diamond butterfly which her governess said she must return. Why in the nineteenthcentury had she to lead this strange, lonely life? From the first moment Prince Ivan saw the elusive Lokita dance he knew that fate had meant them for each other. But how was he ever to see Lokita alone? In Paris and London it was love that drew them together and love that drove them apart. Only after heartbreak and separation did Lokita learn the truth....
The Marquis and Marquise de Castillon, together with their young son, Jean-Pierre, were forced to flee France for England when the French Revolution broke out in 1789. Jean-Pierre was educated at Eton and returned to Paris only when Napoleon came to power. It was not long before he joined Napoleon's army, survived the retreat from Moscow, and was badly wounded at the Battle of Waterloo. Whilst in hospital he became friends with Colonel Hubert Dawlish, who was in the next bed.
Vanda Sudbury and Robert, the Earl of Cunningham, had been friends from childhood. They knew all each other's faults and weaknesses and squabbled like brother and sister. So when her father tried to force a marriage between them, they were equally horrified. Fond though he was of Vanda, Robert was sure he could never love such a forceful, strong-minded female. She was equally dismissive of him as a husband.
When Rosina's dear friend leapt to her death after the man she loved betrayed her, she vowed vengeance on all men. Rosina declared that no man could be trusted, including Sir John Crosby, member of parliament, whom she had secretly loved since girlhood. Now a debutante, she found herself caught up in a whirl of social activity. An election was imminent and her father, Sir Elroy Clarendon, was favoured to be made a government Minister.
The Prince of Cephalonia (an island independent from Greece) visits the Ministry house next door to where Angelina resides with her grandmother. As life is very mundane within the confines of the elderly woman's house, Angelina takes full advantage of glancing at the goings on next door from the locked neighbourhood garden where she walks her little Peke TwiTwi. But one day TwiTwi runs after a ginger cat right into the Ministry house and Angelina unexpectedly meets the Prince!
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Young, happy and deeply in love, the future looks rosy for local beauty Lilliana Parker and her beau, Robert, the dashing Earl of Sherborne. Their friends and family wait with baited breath for news of their inevitable engagement, certain that nothing can harm the charmed life of this golden couple. However, fate has other plans, and the Earl is called to rejoin his regiment in India on a mission that is both dangerous and vital to Queen and country.
At the ball that was to change her life, Rona Trafford danced with a mysterious Harlequin. She learned that this prospective suitor was being unfaithful to another, and so fled to Paris, taking up a job as a governess. Her employer's brother joined them. Unknown to her, he was concealing a dramatic secret, one that threatened to destroy them both. How they confronted danger, and how Rona learned more about the Harlequin, is told in this exciting romantic novel by Barbara Cartland.
"Give it a chance"
For the record, the word "parlour" is not used, nor is the relatively recent insidious "lounge", except about airports, hotels and liners.' 'Boys should be taught at a very early age - six or seven - to say "Sir" to an older man.' 'When there are servants, the plates for the first course are never put on the table until everyone is seated.''I cannot stress too often that on every formal occasion, whether it is Luncheon, a Bazaar or a Meeting, a hat should be worn.'
The marquis of Wynstanton had become involved with one of the beauties of London society - Locadi, Lady Marshall - and when her husband died unexpectedly, the marquis set out on a long journey to India and Nepal, as he wished to avoid any gossip arising about their liaison. After his return,he resumed the affair, staying on in London for some time when he should have gone straight to Wyn Castle and his country estate.
Charles, Lord Hartley, was at his wits end. He had spent a fortune on his cousin John, and still the embittered John demanded more money. Charles knew he needed an heiress and he became swiftley attracted to Cliona, who had recently moved in to the neighbourhood. He did not know that she was an heiress. When he found out, he felt there was no way that he could approach her with honour. But Cliona, a spirited girl, had her own ideas.