‘It is none of my business,’ he tells himself, but the sound of the girl’s weeping is inescapable and he has to go and investigate.
Instantly he is captivated by Selina Wade, the blue-eyed waif he encounters and, finding that she is being exploited cruelly by a ‘domestic agency’ proprietor who is little better than a ‘madam’, resolves to save her.
Quintus Tiverton smuggles her out of the inn in the early morning and he then spends a great deal of money, which he does not have, in buying her new fashionable dresses to make even more beautiful.
And so naïve Selina finds herself posing as the gambler’s pretty sister, as Quintus Tiverton tries to marry her off to someone suitably rich amongst the international wealthy who frequent Baden-Baden in the Season .
Little does Quintus know that poor Selina’s heart is already taken. And she only has eyes for him!
Still less does he realise that he too is falling in love.
To her horror and mystification she overhears one day her stepmother ordering her lover, the Viscount More, to marry Odela –for her money as he has very little himself.
This is the first that Odela hears of the American oil shares that her late mother left her, which have now accumulated into a vast fortune.
Unwilling to tell her father that he is being betrayed by his wife, Odela seeks refuge with her old Nanny at the country house of the Marquis of Trancombe.
Almost straight away there is an undeniable and irresistible attraction between her and the handsome Marquis.
But no sooner has she found safety than new danger appears in the form of a ruthless thief and she finds herself, together with the Marquis, imprisoned under threat of death.
Will she and her hero die ignominiously before their love can be awakened?
Princess Erina has just fallen in love with a good-looking Peruvian and Pythia could not allow her happiness to be torn from her for cold political strategy.
On her arrival in Vultarnia she receives a warm reception and she is determined to win the hearts of her new subjects and the heart of their cosmopolitan worldly King.
The King is surprised and impressed by his new wife and sees how much he could learn from her. But a Russian plot threatens to throw this popular new marriage into jeopardy and Pythia must think quickly in order to save the King and the beautiful country of Vultarnia.
Will King Alexius fall in love with Pythia or remain attached to his glamorous and seductive Russian mistress?
Will Pythia be able to stop a sinister plot to capture the King before it is too late?
And will the King discover Pythia’s true identity and that she is not Royal?
Find out in ‘The Queen Saves the King’, an exciting and moving romance from the incomparable Barbara Cartland.
Jeanne Brown is lady’s maid to the Duchess of Bartlett. She loves working with the children but can’t abide Robert’s lofty attitude toward them. She’d love to put him in his place — but she needs her job.
When the duchess decides to hold the school’s Christmas party in her home, Robert and Jeanne must put aside their differences and work together to ensure that the holiday celebration goes off without a hitch. Will they be able to endure the partnership, or will their sparks ignite something more?
Then Fate intervenes and a vast inheritance from her dead mother’s former South African lover makes her a rich woman.
Nevertheless she is afraid that her kith and kin will despise her as they did her mother, who ran away from Clova’s father with a Sassenach to a life of sin and gaiety in Paris and Monte Carlo.
But to her amazement she is told that she has inherited on her father’s death the title of Marchioness of Strathblane and is now the Chieftain of the highly respected McBlane Clan, as titles and Chieftainships can be inherited by females in Scotland.
But her new wealth and power turn out to be double-edged swords.
Not only is her Clan embroiled in a bitter feud with the neighbouring McGowans but her Cousin Euan is also plotting to seize her title and her fortune from her by the foulest of tricks and dishonesty and then proclaim herself the Chieftain.
Winning the hearts of her Clan with her brave leadership and inspired oratory, she loses her own to the so-called enemy Laird of the McGowans and, if wicked and cynical Cousin Euan has his way, she will lose her life as well.