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.
Hugo, Earl of Ruven, is sailing home after 10 years in India, where he served with his regiment. His grandfather, the old Earl, has died and Hugo has inherited the title and estate of Castle Ruven. He has also inherited his late brother's fiancée, Felice de Lisle. No one who sees the handsome man standing at the rail with his face turned toward the approaching coast suspects the truth. During one of the first battles of the Indian Mutiny, Hugo was severely injured.
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 Shona became secretary to the Marquis of Chilworth, all she was told was that they were going abroad so that he could write a book. She never suspected the dark secret in his heart or the terrible thing he meant to do. As they travelled on, she learned more about the tragedy that drove him, and she faced the fact that she was falling love with a man whose heart was in the grave. Haunted by memories of his dead wife, the Marquis tried to shut out the possibility of a new love. But love would not be denied.
Eugenia Dovedale's father had been high steward to the marquis of Buckbury, and after her father's unexpected death Eugenia had to leave Paragon, the family's beautiful and much loved cottage on the estate. She and her mother now lived uncomfortably with her great-aunt Cloris in London, as they could not afford anywhere else. Mrs Dovedale maintained strong hopes of her daughter making a good marriage and improving their position.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The handsome Viscount Kennington has never enjoyed a good relationship with his father, the Earl, but he loves his grandparents, and they love him. But when a family scandal is aired after the sudden death of the Viscount's grandfather, the Marquis, the family feud grows worse. The Viscount retreats to the huge, mysterious house in Devon left to him by his grandfather. At the same time, the lovely orphan Luella Ridgeway has been travelling through France with her aunt but now finds herself on the Viscount's doorstep.
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.
After her quiet life in the Highlands of Scotland, the Laird's daughter Ola Mcnewton is looking forward to going to London to take part in Queen Victoria's Jubilee. At first it seemed a good joke to pretend to be a Balkan Princess, and be entertained by the handsome Duke of Cranborne. During one enchanted evening with him, they fell in love. But did the Duke fall in love with her, or the mysterious Balkan Princess...?
After the death of her great-uncle, orphan Lady Rosanna Donnington was overwhelmed to learn he had left her his vast fortune. It was then her life changed, and she became the target of unscrupulous fortune hunters. But she was determined to marry only for love. When the loutish Sir Walter Fenwick insisted she marry him, Rosanna decided enough was enough. She fled London and journeyed to Donnington Hall, her new country estate.
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.
Simona Bell, the lovely daughter of Lord Belgrave, has been invited by her friend, Karoline von Honentaal to stay with her family in Berlin. Simona finds that Karoline's father, the Baron, owns an amazing collection of art which interests her greatly. Alone for a moment, she finds her way into the Baron's private Sanctuary, where she admires an unusual Sedan Chair. Hearing voices and frightened she might be discovered, she slips into the Sedan Chair and closes the door.
Protected by loving parents, young, beautiful and happy, Lady Ravina Ashley has the world at her feet. Unused to harsh words, she is taken aback when a stranger at a ball in London takes her to task for her behaviour towards a clumsy suitor. But Ravina hopes that one day she will fall madly passionately in love and refuses to think of marriage to anyone until then.
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.