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Appassionata
Abigail is a famous violinist, known for her beauty and theatrical performance, but after a love affair ends badly she slashes her wrists and effectively puts an end to her violin playing career. After the end of a long affair with a married man who was also involved in her professional life Abigail slashes her wrists and damages them to the point where she will not be able to play the violin at a professional level again. She recuperates at the remote h...
Bella
Bella is an actress finding fame on the theatre scene in London, while trying to keep her past a secret. Bella is a rising star in the London theatre world, she has plenty of admirers but avoids getting too close as she has a past she is ashamed of and wants to keep hidden. Rupert is rich, young and handsome and very persistent, he sends her flowers and watches every performance before finally asking her out. A whirlwind romance leads to him proposing, a...
Emily
Emily finds herself married to a many she hardly knows, and living on a remote island in the north, surrounded by people with pasts and secrets that she doesn't understand. Emily is engaged to a very suitable man, a rising star in the political world from a good family. Then she meets Rory at a party and falls into a wild affair with him, they end up getting married after just a few months, and he whisks her away to his family home on a remote island in ...
Harriet
Harriet becomes an unmarried mother and finds work as a nanny, eventually falling in love with her employer. Harriet is a student at Oxford University, studying English. She is fairly naive, and so easy prey for playboy Simon when he knocks her off his bike with his car. They begin an affair which ends abruptly when Simon's regular girlfriend returns to him. Shortly afterwards Harriet finds out she is pregnant and goes to Simon who gives her the money fo...

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Imogen
Imogen is a Librarian in a quiet village where her father is the vicar. Tennis star Nicky Beresford comes to town on a charity tennis tour and picks Imogen out of the crowd as his next conquest. Nicky is a rising tennis star, playing in a small charity match to improve his reputation after a scandal with another players wife. After the match he is invited to dinner by the vicar, and begins his attempts to get the vicars daughter, Imogen, in to bed. These...
Octavia
Octavia lives a decadent lifestyle, paid for by her father's company and a string of rich boyfriends. One evening she bumps into an old school friend, Gussie, who has just got engaged to the gorgeous Jeremy. Octavia decides she wants Jeremy for herself. Gussie invites Octavia for a weekend on a boat with herself, Jeremy and a friend , Gareth. Gareth turns out to be a successful business man who sees Octavia for what she is, and constantly thwarts her...
Polo
Ricky is a great polo player, totally focused on the sport, but when a drunken accident destroys his life he must fight to rise to the top again and win back the love of his life. When Ricky's wife Chessie leaves him because he neglects her in favor of his sport he ends up getting drunk and going to reclaim his son, ending up in a terrible accident that kills the two year old boy and lands Ricky in prison. On his release Ricky is at rock bottom, drea...
Prudence
Prudence is mystified by her new boyfriends seeming lack of interest in her sexually, but when she goes for a visit to his family home the reasons behind his behavior become clearer. Prudence meets Pendle at a party, and despite his not being her usual type continues to date him. She is mystified when he does not make any attempts to sleep with her, despite all her best efforts to tempt him, and when he invites her for a break at his family home she sees...
Riders
Rupert and Jake are rival show jumpers from very different backgrounds; this is the story of their rise to competing in the Olympics Jake is the son of a gypsy, and has grown up in an orphanage. He works at a riding stable where he meets Tory. She has some money, and after a night out buys Jake a horse to help him on the road to show jumping glory. They get married, and receive an inheritance from Tory's grandmother to get them started in a small yard of...
Rivals
Rivals (sequel to Riders) is a multi-stranded story - it's about a set of rich, upper class British people who live in the same area of the country. Rupert Campbell-Black (very notorious rake and famous showjumper before he quit for a career in politics) decides to join forces with his neighbours Declan o'Hara and Freddy Jones to overthrow the owner of the neighbourhood TV station (Tony Baddingham)by bidding for the TV franchise in the area. Declan o...