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Bride of Pendorric
Favel Farington met Roc Pendorric when he arrived in Capri to see her father, a famous artist. After knowing each other for only a few short weeks, they got married. They went back to Pendorric where she met the rest of the family and was introduced to the family secrets. The terror she encountered and the secrets that she uncovered put her life in the greatest danger....
Kirkland Revels
Catherine marries Gabriel - not out of love but more because she feels protective about him and also to escape from the gloomy atmosphere of her father's house. They marry without the knowledge of the groom's family and friends. Gabriel dies within four days of their return to Gabriel's stately mansion - Kirkland Revels. Catherine goes back to her father's house. However, ther she discovers that she is pregnant and returns to Kirkland Revels. After re...
Lord of the Far Island
Ellen Kellaway was determined to learn about her past. Raised by her Cousins William and Agatha Loring, she was always treated as the poor relation. But with her unquenchable spirit and determination to get the most out of life, she soon starts on an exciting adventure to uncover the secrets surrounding her past. When she turns 18 years of age Ellen is informed by her Cousin Agatha that she has been living on charity long enough, and she must take a...
Menfreya in the Morning
Harriet Delvaney always loved looking at the great house of Menfreya. She viewed it as an escape from her indifferent father and controlling aunt. When Bevil Menfrey asked her to marry him, she thought it was a dream come true. She didn't realize the danger that awaited her when she joined the family. ...

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Mistress of Mellyn
Martha Leigh and her sister has a happy childhood, but after their parent's death they go to live with an aunt. They have a "season" and Martha's sister manages to find a good husband. But Martha doesn't, and is forced to take up the job of a governess in a castle in Cornwall. The master of the house is Connan Tremellyn who is a widower whose wife has died under mysterious circumstances. Connan has a difficult daughter called Alvean. She had three ...
My Enemy the Queen (Romance)
Lettice Knollys is Queen Elizabeth's cousin on her mother's side. Introduced to court at a very young age, her taste for the high life overtakes her and greed and jealousy of the Queen's relationship with Robert Dudley, the wild courtier and master of horse, is her running obsession. Banished by the Queen for indiscreet behaviour and a sharp tongue, Lettice marries but tires of the marriage when it fails to live up to her imagined 'ideal' life with Rob...
My Enemy the Queen (Literature)
Lettice is the fairest of them all. To herself, at least. From the time she was a little girl, she was told stories of her cousin who would be Queen, the great Elizabeth of England. Much of England's volatile history is wrapped up in Lettice's family, and to be in the good favor of the Queen is a must. When Elizabeth ascends the throne, Lettice finds herself a young and beautiful noblewoman caught up in the enchantment of Court. Even though she m...
On the Night of the Seventh Moon
When Helena Trant leaves for boarding school in Germany, she has no idea that her life is about to be dramatically changed. It begins with a walk through a forest. As she wanders around the trees, and mysterious mist settles on the ground. Unable to find her was out of the forest, she calls for help. A man named "Siegfried" hears her calling and insists she accompanies him back to his lodge. Helena suspects he is trying to seduce her and that night when ...
Secret for a Nightingale
As a young girl in India, beautiful Susanna Pleydell first realized that she had a gift for soothing the sick and injured. But a meeting between Susanna and the dashing Aubrey St. Clare changes Susanna's plans for a lifetime of 19th century medicine. When the newly married couple returns to London, however, Susanna finds that her new husband has a weakness for opium . Aubrey's very close association with Dr. Damien Adair also gives Susanna reason to w...
Seven For A Secret
Frederica's mother is taken ill and she must go live with her aunt. She shares a governess with the daughter of a rich family, and gradually falls in love with Crispin, the son of the wealthy family. But this family is harboring secrets, and as a result, Frederica must go to live with her father for a while on an island near Australia. But she realizes she can't run away forever, for she can't live without Crispin. She must return and face the secret...

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Snare of Serpents
Davina Glentyre has to deal with her father's marriage to her governess. Shortly after, she must deal with his murder and the evidence that pointed to her as the murderer. With the help of her new stepmother, she receives the verdict of "Not Proven" at her trial. Then she must deal with the stares and whispered accusations sent in her direction. Davina decides to go to Africa with some friends to try to escape her past. The love of her life, Ninian Grain...
The Captive
Rosetta Cranleigh becomes stranded on an island after a storm overturns the boat she is on along with its passengers. On the island with her is Lucas, a cyncial young man interested in Egyptology and Simon, who was the deckhand on the boat. Simon confesses to Rosetta that he was running away from England because he was accused of murder. Simon claims that he is innocent, and Rosetta believes him. Eventually, the three survivors are rescued by pirates...
The Curse of the Kings
Judith falls in love with Tybalt early on in her life. He's a young archaeologist with the dream of taking up the work of his father. Tybalt's father dies mysteriously when searching for an ancient Egyptian tomb believed to be untouched since the burial of the king laid to rest there. Judith is sure Tybalt's father died because of the well known Curse of the Kings. She becomes extremely apprehensive when Tybalt asks her to marry him. On their honeymoon,...
The House of a Thousand Lanterns
This story takes place in England and then in China in a beautiful house known as The House of a Thousand Lanterns. Jane heard stories of this enchanting house her whole life. When she finally gets to see it, she's thrilled. She doesn't realize all the joy and terror she will encounter in this beautiful house. Truly an intriguing tale of betrayal and heartache....
The India Fan
Drusilla Delaney grows up in a small village in England basically ruled by the Framlings. Drusilla first comes into contact with the Framlings when she is a baby. One day Fabian, the son and heir of Framling, is tired of playing the usual school boy games and decides that he wants to become a father. Upon seeing baby Drusilla in a buggy outside in the garden, Fabian "kidnaps" her, and takes her to the Big House. Thus, a relationship is formed between...
The Judas Kiss
Pippa Ewell is determined to discover who murdered her sister and she wants to find her sister's son. But nobody seems to know anything about the murder or a small child. She meets the man of her dreams shortly after she learns of her sister's death. He helps her to cope with her losses, but at the same time he's keeping a HUGE secret from her - his true identity. She thinks she can trust him...but can she?...

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The King of the Castle
Dallas Lawson is a young woman who learns painting and other forms of art from her father. When her father dies, she decides to take over his business restoring old paintings. She arrives at Chateau Gaillard where her father had been hired to restore the family portraits. She falls for the Comte and uncovers a web of lies and betrayal. Then Dallas discovers the family's best kept secret and endangers her own life and the lives of all those she holds dear...
The Legend of the Seventh Virgin
Kerensa Carlee was a poor but beautiful cottage girl. She was completely obsessed by the gorgeous home of the St. Larnston family. She was determined to own it one day. Through many trials, she eventually achieved her goal, but with dangerous consequences....
The Mask of the Enchantress
Suewellyn Mateland decided to commit a daring crime. She decided to take on the identity of a woman whom she really knew nothing about. She inherited Mateland Castle and with it the dark secrets of this evil woman she had chosen to imitate....
The Pride of the Peacock
Young english woman discovers who her real parents were...participates in arranged marriage to rich man, travels to Australia, encounters adventure, falls in love and regains her family's estate....
The Queen's Confession
Victoria Holt took the life of Marie Antoinette and wrote this book as if she, herself, was the young French queen. The story begins with Marie marrying the king of France, Louis XVI. It then goes into detail about her wild spending habits which embittered the French people. The story is written as if she were thinking back and remembering every mistake she made and every possible thing she said that could have angered the French population. The story th...
The Road to Paradise Island
The book starts off in the 19th century in England with Annalice living with her grandma and brother Phillip. She trips over a grave with Annalice's name on it, which dates back a hundred years. Soon, a storm comes which forces them to open up an enclosed room, Annalice's which hasn't been stepped in for a long time. Ann Alice discovers Annalice's diary and reads it. She reads about long lost island called Paradise Island. Phillip, a curious mapmaker goe...

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The Secret Woman
Anna Brett is a quiet young woman who takes over her aunt's antique business when her aunt gets sick. Anna hires a nurse to take care of her aunt until her aunt has an accident and dies. Anna's antique business fails and her friend Nurse Loman gets her a job as a governess at Castle Crediton. Anna falls for Redvers Stretton, the captain of a ship called The Secret Woman. Unfortunately, he's married to an eccentric woman who wants to go back home to her n...
The Shadow of the Lynx
Nora Tamasin loses her father and her welfare is entrusted to a man known as "The Lynx." This man was accused of a crime when he was younger and he is determined to right this wrong done to him. Then circumstances allow his son to take his place in his plans for revenge. Nora helps despite the fact that she believes it's wrong....
The Shivering Sands
Caroline Verlaine's famous husband dies suddenly, so she goes to be with her sister. Her sister dies mysteriously at an archaelogical dig. Caroline decides to pose as a piano teacher at the Manor where her sister died so that she can investigate her sister's death. When Napier Stacy comes on to the scene, she gets even more involved in the family. Caroline soon learns all the shocking family secrets, but her most surprising discovery is what happened to ...
The Silk Vendetta (Thriller/Action)
Lenore St. Allengere discovers as a young girl that she is no more than a higher servant in the Silk House where she lives with her grandmother, who works as a dressmaker for the Sallongers, the owners of the house. She grows up knowing only that she is an orphan. She attracts the attentions of the sons of the house as she grows up to be a beautiful young woman... and also those of a handsome young man who visits the house, evoking jealousy in the daught...
The Silk Vendetta (Romance)
Lenore lives and grows up in the house of the Sallongers along with her grandmother whom is very skilled at dressmaking. The Sallongers have had a long time feud with an extended part of their family, the St. Allengeres, about which of the families is the best in the silk making business. When Lenore marries one of the Sallonger sons a mysterious chain of events unfolds involving seduction, greed, murder and revenge....
The Spring of the Tiger
After Sarah Ashington's actress mother dies, she is taken in by her father's family. When she finally meets her father, she becomes entranced by his stories of his plantation in Ceylon. She is also intrigued by his associate and friend Clinton Shaw. Through a series of events, Clinton successfully coerces Sarah to marry him. After they marry, Sarah learns what a huge mistake she made. Not only is her husband selfish and domineering, she begins to think h...
The Time of the Hunter's Moon
Cordelia Grant is a young woman who lives through very strange event. Back in Switzerland, in an exclusive girl school, Cordelia and her friends find out about and old legend. If a young women waits in the wood by the time of the Hunter's Moon, she can see her future husband. They sit and talk in the woods, and suddenly a man shows up and talks with them. After that, Cordelia returns to England and finds a job as a headmistress in Colby Abbey Academy....


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