As both girls find themselves swept up in the dramatic events unfolding in 1930s Europe, this enduring friendship is the one constant in their lives.
From the carefree glamour of London high society to the devastation of the battlefields in Spain, Casilda, Joscelin and their families are tragically linked by passion and bloodshed.
Burning with fury and humiliation at his rejection, Antoinette becomes involved with a notorious philanderer and finds herself plunged into disgrace and degradation. And despite the dangerous secret she discovers, her love for Sir Peregrine remains. Set against a stunning background of the wealthy and priveleged in Europe, this is a scorching, tempestuous sequel to SCARLETT.
When her husband dies she seeks Gerard across the Napoleonic war-ravaged wastes of Europe. It is finally to the snowy battlefields of Russia that Scarlett, passionate, headstrong and courageous, goes in search of the man she loves.
Georgia Driffield is passionate, wilful, resourceful, intelligent but often foolhardy, as she grows from girl to woman in the years between the two wars. It is not until she discovers the extraordinary life of her great, great grandmother, Chantal, that she finds a way which will reconcile her to her adoption, reunite her with her adoptive parents and, unexpectedly, discover the true meaning of love.
During these highly eventful years, Georgia becomes inextricably involved not only in the rising horrors of Nazi Germany, and the possible death of her best friend fighting in the Spanish Civil War, but also finds herself in terrible danger.
Harry grows up in idyllic surroundings with Alice, his foster-sister, sometimes going up to the big house to play with the beautiful but spoilt Madeline. Though secure at the Pritchetts', nothing can prepare Harry for the revelation of his father's true identity. Years later the truth finally does emerge, and he is claimed by his father's relatives. But Harry finds he cannot forget the care of those who had brought him up - especially Alice with her deep and enduring love.
You Never Know is former WAAF officer and bestselling novelist Claire Lorrimer's autobiography, containing a graphic description of the six years she spent doing vitally secret work as a WAAF in the Fighter Command Filter Rooms in World War Two. It is the fascinating story of a life overflowing with adventure, humour, tragedy, love, joy and disasters.
Claire paints vivid images of her childhood when her mother, the famous author Denise Robins, entertained pre-and post-war literati at her weekend country house parties. Armed with an old typewriter, a vivid imagination and a passion for life, Claire started writing books during the war. She has had a remarkable career and You Never Know is the intriguing story of a long and extraordinary life.
For the child that is born to Clementine ultimately appears to be the only legitimate heir to the Grayshot inheritance. And, according to the law of the times, she has no right to keep her child if Deveril wanted him.
The unexpected arrival of Simon Barclay and a young American, Allan Howe, turn Jenny?s world upside down. Unprepared for the powerful attraction she feels for two very different men, Jenny?s emotions veer chaotically out of control. Now unable to face Peter, she breaks off their engagement? but knows there is no certainty that either Simon or Allan will want to take his place.
Then, history seems to repeat itself as the Barclay ancestors merge with the present in an intriguing, disturbing and strangely romantic manner? but with sinister undertones that threaten tragedy.
in parting her from Paul, the impecunious medical student Harriet loved.
So successfully was Harriet convinced that Paul did not return her deep-felt love,
that it was not long before she turned in her loneliness to the eligible Tony,
it is not long before Harriet finds herself fighting against her disillusionment
and doing her best to remain loyal to her vows.
But by chance Paul comes back into her life just at the point at which she is
most alone and in need of a friend.
She takes up her pen in order to keep the boys at their expensive public school, and is pleased to receive an offer for what she hopes will be the first of many novels. But Lindsey has caught the eye of her suave, handsome literary agent, Paris Rogers, and has other ideas about her future. Torn between the magic of the past and the roller-coaster ride of the future, Lindsey faces an impossible choice.
Although born into the British aristocracy, Lucy was raised in obscurity first in a French convent and then in a Parisian brothel. At sixteen, she is restored to her rightful place as the daughter of the Rochford family, but a devastating betrayal by her father fires her determination to seek wealth and independence at any cost.
She learns the ways of society and catches the eye of the handsome and noble Count Alexis Zemski, who swears his love and agrees to marry Lucy even after learning of her past.
As World War I shatters Europe, Lucy Rochford begins to learn what life and love are all about...
On the ferry to Ireland Harriet meets a young mother, a destitute woman with a number of hungry children including a two week old baby. When they reach Ireland, the woman disappears, leaving the baby. Harriet, full of conflicting emotions, passes the baby off as hers and Brook’s.
When Brook realises that the baby isn’t his, Felicity seizes the chance to widen the rift between the married couple and tries to win Brook’s heart. But how stable is Felicity’s mental health and how safe is Harriet?
Three passionate, remarkable women play a vital part in the long, violent history of the house. In the 18th Century there is Eleanor, forced into an unhappy marriage with a ruthless adventurer plotting to take over the property. In the 19th Century there is hot-headed Sophia, prepared to risk everything to save it. And in the 20th Century there is Emma, who loves Ortolans but refuses to sacrifice her career for its sake, even if it means letting it fall into ruins.
But just when it seems all is lost, the house finally gives up its incredible secret...
The stories are:
The Snake Belt
One in Three
The White Doves
The Angel and the Witch or Miss Tansley's Easter Play
Once a Year
The Patient in Number Twenty-two
Comfort and Joy
Two Sides to a Coin
Old Toys Wanted
A True Story
Poor Little Rich Girl
Rory finds himself attracted to Alex, the English au pair, while the Baroness? passion for the young artist becomes obsessive and disturbing. Conscious of this uneasy love tangle, Rory is aware of something far more sinister ? the aura of evil, which surrounds the abbey and its inhabitants.
Gradually, they all realise that the centuries-old curse carried by generations of the Leyresse family is gaining a terrifying relevance?
Lee, just beginning to make a name for herself in the artistic world. Entirely self-supporting since the death of her parents a few years previously, Lee had thrown herself heart and soul into her work.
Clare has blossomed into an attractive and independent woman. By nature calm, placid, outwardly cool. It takes a good deal to shake her poise. But somewhere deep within her, Clare feels the warning note telling her that when one day she falls in love, everything would be different.
Sally is vivacious but also headstrong and selfish, and is now engaged to Mark. They reunite for Sally's engagement party, but complications arise when Clare suddenly finds herself in love with her schoolfriend's fiancee ...
astray . . .
Beautiful and alluring, Chantal is adored by three men who will all risk anything to win her love.
Torn from the dazzling salons and glittering balls of aristocratic London, Chantal finds herself caught in a gathering maelstrom of wild and dangerous adventure. From a mysterious chateau, to a deserted tropical island, she is swept into a whirlwind of scandal, anguish and ecstasy.
On the outbreak of the Second World War, Guy is captured at Dunkirk and now not only he but all the members of the Rochford family face terrible danger as the German invasion becomes imminent...
August, 1939. When it becomes clear that war is about to break out with Germany, twin sisters Dilys and Una Singleby are forced to leave their studies in Munich and return home to England. Heartbroken at being parted, Dilys and her Norwegian student boyfriend, Kristoffer, vow to be reunited as soon as it’s possible.
However, as the months pass, a series of misunderstandings and misguided actions keep the lovers apart. When she discovers she’s pregnant, Dilys, unable to contact Kristoffer, is driven to desperate measures to ensure that she can keep her baby and avoid bringing disgrace to her family. Kristoffer meanwhile joins the Resistance and faces dangerous times ahead. It seems as though the pair are destined never to meet again ... can true love find a way?
that life may not turn out exactly as they might like. Mark's career is not as lucrative
as he had hoped and Clare's growing obsession for a child creates a distance
between them that neither is certain how to breach.
When Mark meets glamorous starlet Diane Derry, Clare retreats even further from their
marriage. Increasingly it seems that they love which once consumed them both may
not be strong enough to survive these troubled times.
For Chris and Liz, on their honeymoon, the intense passion they share proves to be an even deeper and stronger commitment than they had realised ? until now.
And for the stewardess Eve, and handsome American Bruce Mallory, will the lighthearted mid-air flirtation end ? as it always does ? on landing?
It was love at first sight for Antonia ‘Toni’ Ward and her fiancé, Justin Metcalfe. The passionate couple holiday in Spain, but their whirlwind six-week romance is soon in jeopardy as jealousy threatens to tear them apart. Can Justin really be trusted?
When Justin sprains his ankle playing golf and ends up in a Spanish hospital, Toni meets Aaron Osborn, who suffered serious injuries after a horrific skiing accident which killed his wife. As Aaron and Toni’s friendship flourishes over the next few weeks, the young couple’s relationship comes under mounting pressure. Back in England Toni may only see Aaron as a friend, but he desperately wants to take Justin’s place – and will stop at nothing in his attempts to make Toni his own.
On her arrival, she is greeted warmly by her four brothers-in-law: Tony, quiet and studious; Pelham, teasing and flirtatious, the spoilt Francis and the sensitive Rupert. But she has no inkling of the obsession which grips old Lady Rochford because of events in the past to which she, Willow is ignorant. Nor does she realise the terrible repercussions the obsession will have on her own life.
As is there custom every summer, the Lewises are preparing for their annual charity garden fete, and Althea is delighted when Phoebe suggests she engage the services of a fortune-teller called Madame Tokoly. But what seems an excellent addition to the fete turns out to be unnerving and unwelcome when the fortune-teller's dire predictions for Geoffrey's future prove uncannily accurate...