Barbara Cartland (1901-2000) var den mest produktive forfatter i det 20. århundrede. I alt blev det til over 650 bøger fra Cartlands romantiske hånd. Hun er oversat til 38 sprog, og med mere end 1 milliard solgte bøger på verdensplan er der ingen tvivl om, at Barbara Cartland er en af verdens største romantikere.
Cartlands bøger foregår i de finere engelske kredse og blandt eksotiske sigøjnere. Kærligheden er lidenskabelig mellem de passionerede helte og smukke heltinder, men gang på gang sættes den på prøve. Dog er sand kærlighed altid stærkest, og der er intet, den ikke kan overvinde.
He is twenty-seven and for a long time they have been begging him to take a wife and produce an heir to his illustrious title, his famous stately home and his vast estate.
On the whole he finds debutantes extremely boring and has enjoyed a number of affaires-de-coeur with older married women.
However there is one girl, Marigold Marlow, he considers outstanding and she is the acknowledged great beauty of the Season.
As she is so beautiful, the Viscount is convinced that Marigold will make him a perfect wife, but he is astonished when, having proposed to her, she tells him that she has not quite made up her mind. She will let him know on Wednesday if she accepts his proposal of marriage.
As the Viscount expects her to fall immediately into his arms, he is surprised, but content to wait until Wednesday for her answer, which he is certain will be ‘yes’.
As he drives away from Marigold’s house, a young girl holding a white Pekingese in her arms begs him to give her a lift to London.
He sees no reason to refuse and finds as they drive off that she is Salvia, a cousin of the beautiful Marigold.
He then learns that Marigold has her eyes on the son of the Duke of Northerncliff, who is seriously ill. In fact if he dies as expected, she intends to marry his heir as one day soon he will be a Duke. Feeling surprised and angry, he is even more astonished to learn that Marigold is cruel to animals and that Salvia is running away because she is so unkind to her dog as well as to her. How the Viscount dreams up a way to avenge himself on Marigold and, if the Duke does recover, how he can escape marrying her as he has now changed his mind. How the Viscount’s plan succeeds. And how Salvia takes London by storm, faces appalling danger and finally finds the love of her life is all told in this unusual story by BARBARA CARTLAND.
But then it seems that Fate has intervened when three friends of the rich and powerful Lady Sarah Barton appear at her door seeking help after her Ladyship has been injured in a fall out hunting.
In gratitude for Valessa’s ministrations, Lady Barton offers Valessa the huge sum of two hundred pounds to help her with a secret charade that she is planning for her house party at her nearby mansion.
Little does Valessa know, as she shyly agrees because she is in desperate need of the money, that the charade is Lady Sarah’s wicked plot for revenge on the haughty and handsome Marquis of Wyndonbury, who has snubbed her marriage proposal after he has been having a torrid affaire de coeur with her.
The cynical charade duly takes place and Valessa finds that she has been unwittingly married legally and properly to the Marquis.
And in his understandable rage she finds him terrifying yet magnificent.
But, as they voyage to the South of France on his luxury yacht to escape the fallout from his marriage, he is transformed in Valessa’s eyes from the ogre she so feared to her tender and considerate ‘Man in the Moon’ – with whom she is falling irreversibly in love.