It was a routine flight to Africa but the passengers were destined never to arrive. Hijacked at gunpoint, the pilot is forced to land in the desert where, in the blistering heat and with remote chance of rescue, the passengers face imminent death. 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?
Mysterious and attractive, Clare is a wartime VAD nurse, and is engaged to Robin Claye, an army officer. On the surface Clare appears to be happy. However, will the scandalous past of her parents continue to haunt her?
Pretty young university students Rose and Poppy Matheson are keen golfers. But one night Poppy is attacked on the footpath near the golf course and her sister, following behind, mistakenly kills the attacker in trying to rescue her twin. The girls cover up the crime by making it look like a hit and run car accident, but are overheard by another golf club member, Betty Russell, who wants to go to the police. Unfortunately her husband dissuades her and starts blackmailing the girls instead. As Inspector Govern and Sergeant Beck try to disprove the hit and run theory, first Betty, then her husband Barry also disappear. Meanwhile Rose's boyfriend John cannot understand why her manner towards him has changed. For her part Rose still loves him but is overwhelmed with guilt. And it is not until after the discovery of two more dead bodies that all can be resolved.
Althea, Cressida and Phoebe have been friends since their schooldays. Talented artistic Cressida lives for her work. Phoebe has a career as an actress, but she has always given priority with her time to her married lover. Only Althea ever married, but she worries that she no longer loves her second husband, the arrogant Geoffrey Lewis. 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. . .
Charlotte had resigned herself to a life of poverty and drudgery in London after her father's imprisonment for fraud. But then Charlotte's childhood friend, Verity Conniston, rescues her from her miserable London existence and takes her to live on the beautiful Conniston estate. How long can this idyllic life last before her family's past returns to haunt her? Perhaps there are still some dreams that she can never hope to come true.
Emotions is a delightful collection of short stories by Claire Lorrimer. Each in its way covers an emotion all women will recognize, and many of which are true reflections of women's experiences past and present. Indeed, First Love is a true story from Claire's own childhood. Her love of children and understanding of the elderly have enabled her to write these charming vignettes, all of which will touch the hearts of readers.
Harriet was very young when her ambitious, unscrupulous mother succeeded 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.
When Lindsey Carter?s husband dies, she is left poor but not devastated ? their marriage was a loveless one. Waiting in the wings in is her childhood sweetheart, Glynn, but Lindsey is determined to put her two small sons first. 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.
Casilda Montero is the beautiful and hot-blooded daughter of a wealthy Spanish aristocrat. Sent from the family hacienda in Southern Spain to an English boarding school, she befriends Joscelin Howard, a shy and serious English girl. Set against the looming tragedy of the Spanish Civil War and the rising menace of Fascism in Europe, their enduring friendship is a constant reference point in both their lives. Complex passions draw each girl into the drama and grandeur of aristocratic Europe. 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.
An epic, deeply moving wartime novel from the bestselling romance author Claire Lorrimer, available in ebook and paperback for the first time. 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.
This is the moving true story of Jeanette Roberts, a young London girl who survived appalling abuse in her own childhood, and so determined to give other children in the same position the love and care she had been denied. A chance meeting with a small boy she caught stealing led to a life-long commitment to a steady stream of disturbed, abused and handicapped children whom everyone else had turned away. By becoming their beloved 'Mum', Jeanette has been able to transform their lives, giving them the protection they so desperately need.
The death of Lucy Godstow's best friend Vanessa on the eve of Lucy's marriage to Guy Weaver was a big enough blow; but then Vanessa's elderly aunt Joan is found brutally murdered by an unknown assailant. Lucy and Tom, Vanessa's brother, have different reasons for thinking all is not as it seems, but new husband Guy is intolerably jealous of Lucy's ongoing meetings with Tom. Tom and Lucy were childhood sweethearts, until Guy charged into Lucy's life and swiftly swept her to the altar. There are things about Guy of which his new bride is unaware. He had been threatening Vanessa in order to keep dreadful secrets from Lucy. Marriage to a tall, handsome and wealthy man is not always one of bliss and happiness and many in the congregation secretly wish the wedding had never happened. . .
Clementine Foster is young, unbelievably innocent, and wildly in love with a man who doesn?t even know of her existence. When, one golden summer night, she steps in front of his horse, he takes her with all the drunken arrogance of a young aristocrat used to having whatever he wanted. The repercussions of that night were to create bonds of hate, love, and tragedy in both their lives. 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.
At 17, Scilla's world fell apart when her first love, Dallas, returned to Australia without even saying goodbye. Ten years later she moves to Libya to make a fresh start as nanny to her sister's children. Her life, at long last, is moving on. But Benghazi was the last place she expected to hear an Australian accent...
A heartfelt romance novel from the author of THE RECKONING and SECOND CHANCE which features Susan Parish who, after losing her husband in the war, is raising her son in the quiet seclusion of the country. Despite her better judgement she falls in love with Gareth Everett, her next-door neighbour and husband of her best friend.
Ortolans, a magnificent stately home that holds a mysterious grip on all those who live in it, hides a secret that has lain undiscovered for four hundred years. 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...
A delightfully tranquil village seems a lovely place to live, but beware of seething resentments and violent passions waiting to erupt with dire consequences A typical English country lane: ten households forming a peaceful, if mundane community; it seemed the perfect environment for newlyweds lan and Migs Peters in which to raise their newborn son. A small dispute over the resurfacing and widening of their lane surely cannot cause too much discomfort in such an idyllic setting? But there are tensions and personal ambitions brewing beneath the surface, and history also has its place in such a firmly established community. Change comes at a price, particularly for certain members of the desirable Millers Lane ...
Clare and Mark Bainbury, married for four years, are gradually becoming aware 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.
While skiing in the French Alps, a wild mountain storm forces art student Rory Howes and his friend Knut Olsen to seek refuge at the remote Abbaye St Christophe. They are offered hospitality by the beautiful and enigmatic Baroness Inez Leyresse. 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?
Sally, Lee, Clare, inseparable companions through their school days, had made a vow at fifteen to meet up with each other in ten years time. Now at twenty-five, and as young women, they remember their younger selves. 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 ...
At seventeen, beautiful green-eyed Beverly Bampton knew just what she wanted. She was madly in love with Jonnie Colt and dreamt of nothing more than being his wife, lover and best friend. And once she became mother of his five children, their world was finally complete. Then why was Jonnie becoming increasingly distant? Perhaps something -- or someone -- was conspiring against her. Can the depth of her love save them?
Until her father died, Adela Carstairs had lived in a secure and loving home. Then happiness was shattered when her mother remarries a cruel, hard-drinking man. With her younger brother and sister, Adela is forced to flee his drunken rages and they escape to London where they seek refuge in the squalor of the back streets. Addie's desperate hope is that her childhood companions, the Mallory twins, will find and rescue them. When all three find themselves caught up in the danger and terror of revolutionary France, the twins prove invaluable. It was to be an experience which would test their friendship, and love, to the limit.
The year is 1902. The love affair between a young aristocrat and the daughter of his tutor ends in sorrow and disgrace, he is dispatched to Europe and she is left behind. When their child is born he is adopted by the Pritchett family. Years later he is claimed by his father's relatives.
1914: Lady Beaufort already has three boys and she certainly doesn't want another child. But her husband Aubrey has always dreamed of a daughter to fill the gap his sister left when she died tragically young. In contrast Harold and Copper Varney are expecting their first child and are over the moon about it. Their children Victoria and Leila meet when Lady Beaufort sends Victoria to the village school out of spite, jealous of her captivating daughter. Victoria's parents adore their only child Leila, though they are surprised she does not excel academically as her father did. Though Harold is an impoverished teacher, whose family have a meagre existence, he was a talented Oxford scholar. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, the two girls share a special friendship as well as a birthday; but before long both families start to fear something is wrong . . .
Like a wilderling - a cultivated flower that manages to live in the wild - Lucienne Rochford has survived her terrible early years in France. 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?
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