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  • Barbara Cartland

    'For the record, the word 'parlour' is not used, nor is the relatively recent insidious 'lounge', except about airports, hotels and liners.' 'Boys should be taught at a very early age - six or seven - to say 'Sir' to an older man.' 'When there are servants, the plates for the first course are never put on the table until everyone is seated.' 'I cannot stress too often that on every formal occasion, whether it is Luncheon, a Bazaar or a Meeting, a hat should be worn.' Written nearly 50 years ago, Barbara Cartland's Etiquette Handbook conjures up a period when addressing work colleagues by their first names was frowned upon, wives could expect to receive a weekly allowance of...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    Shakira Bartlett se esconde en un yate privado donde viaja el Marqués de Linwood. Ella está huyendo de un matrimonio no deseado, arreglado por su tio, pero es descubierta por el Marqués, Ella lo convence en dejarla viajar a Egipto para reunirse con su padre. Por su vez, él también está huyendo de una amante no deseada, por lo que decide dejarla viajar y van juntos! Francis Marshall, retratista y pintor, pinta un cuadro interesante de esta extraña pareja, teniendo en cuenta la pistola que el héroe está sosteniendo. Desde la cubierta, se cumplen muchas emocionantes aventuras a camino de Egipto, donde el amor también es un peligro y un misterio, que ambos quieren resistir... ¿será...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    Cuando Orelia Stanyon regresó a su casa, no podía olvidar a aquel extraño que la había rescatado de dos impertinentes borrachos en la posada 'Jorge y el Dragón'. Su beso apasionado despertó en ella sensaciones indescriptibles y hasta ahora desconocidas. Orelia estaba sola en el mundo, pues su único pariente era su prima Carolina, y que no era seguramente, la tutora adecuada para una inocente joven. Un día Carolina, anunció su compromiso, con el apuesto Marqués de Ryde, uno de los hombres más ricos de Inglaterra, quien sin duda aseguraría el futuro económico de la inquieta dama. Orelia se sorprendió cuando le presentaron al Marqués, y ella lo conocía, como el misterioso...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    Sir John Gilmour has received a letter from his old friend Gavron Murillo, who lives in Paris to say that he only has a very short time to live and wants to see him urgently before he dies. Gavron, who was of Oriental appearance and a very rich man, had helped Sir John and his father with their finances when they had been almost on the point of bankruptcy and he had made them very wealthy. When Sir John arrives at Gavron’s bedside, the old man tells him that his dying wish is that he should marry his daughter, the beautiful Melita. Sir John feels that he cannot refuse the old man after all he had done for him and his father, although he is extremely surprised as he had no idea that Gavron...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    On a hot summer’s day in 1880 the beautiful Lady Rosella is cutting a basket of blooms in her beloved Rose Garden at her aunt’s house in Hampshire. It is her seventeenth birthday and no one remembers it except for Thomas, the gardener’s boy. Later she is driven to Winchester and has an unpleasant encounter with two raucous gentlemen in the local tavern before going on to fit her first ball gown that her aunt has given her the money for just before she died. But who is the lovely masked woman she glimpses in the mirror at the dressmakers, a glorious vision clad in rose-pink silk? And who is the dark figure approaching through the shadows of a dim and ghostly ballroom? Before she...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The Duke of Norlington and his sister Lady Latasha are living quietly in the country very happily with their horses The Duke receives a letter from an old Oxford friend who is now His Royal Highness Prince Kraus of Oldessa, a small Principality in the Balkans. The Prince asks the Duke if his sister would consent to marry his brother, Prince Stefan, as she is related to the Royal family, thereby giving Oldessa British protection from the Russians who are vying to take over as many States as they can in the Balkans. Latasha does not wish to marry for any reason other than true love, but agrees to visit Oldessa in disguise as Lady Gloria Ford to spy out the land and take a good...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    Queen Victoria sends for the Duke of Sherbourne and asks him to undertake a very secret mission on her behalf. It is so secret that only his loyal valet, Jenkins, is told. The Duke agrees and it takes him to Greece where he had not been for some years. He visits King George who is the same age as he is and whom he has known in the past. He has been a great success as King, although he was only eighteen when he took over the throne and he is married to Princess Olga of Russia and they are extremely happy. The Duke envies them and, although he has been pursued by a great number of beautiful women in London, he has never yet fallen in love. He consistently refuses to marry although his...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    Brought up in London by her widowed mother and her step-uncle and Guardian, Sir Uriel Reece, the beautiful Rosaleena knows little about the estate in Ireland she is about to inherit together with the lovely Rosscullen House. All she knows is that it is the place where she was born and where her father, the late Lord Rosscullen, died. She knows when he died and where, but how is a complete mystery. To Rosaleena amazement the subject is never discussed in Sir Uriel’s household – indeed, it is a matter that is actively avoided by everyone and no one will tell her the truth of what happened. Now, on the eve of her twenty-first birthday, Rosaleena is about to meet the man who will bring her...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    Clive, the Earl of Bourne, nearly twenty-eight, tall, handsome and pursued by enumerable women is determined not to get married. He is sick and tired of his father, the Duke of Shelbourne and his relations begging him to produce an heir and he has decided that he will not marry until he is very much older. To his horror the Duke comes back from Windsor Castle to tell his son that Queen Victoria commands him to marry Princess Gilberta of Saxe-Coburg, who is arriving in England almost immediately. The Earl quarrels with his father who says that, unless he does as he is told, he will refuse to pay off his very large debts. In despair the Earl goes up to the nursery to see his old Nanny who has...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    About to leave her school, the Five Oaks Boarding School for Young Ladies, the beautiful but penniless Rosilda Harvey is told by her unsympathetic Guardian that she must take a junior teacher's job at the school and not come and live with her in the Lake District as she had hoped. Very depressed at her uncertain future, she is unexpectedly offered a position by Sir Andrew Dexter, a handsome but autocratic official of the British Foreign Office, who suddenly appears unannounced at the school. He wants Rosilda to act as chaperone and companion to one of her school friends, Princess Marianne of Montdeaves, as it is his mission to protect her from potential enemies. The Princess is to return to...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Earl Granville travels to Windsor Castle for an audience with Queen Victoria. He had been asked by Count Yuri Unkar of Samosia, a small but significant country in the Balkans if an English bride of Royal Blood could be found to marry Prince Ivor and thus ensure the country's protection of Great Britain and the Union Jack. Queen Victoria had already sent many of her relations to sit on thrones to protect the Balkans from invasion by the Russians, who were intent on expanding their Empire at the expense of many small States. This time Queen Victoria could think of no one as she was rapidly running out of suitable relatives. However, Earl...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The beautiful Lady Sheila Rosswood's father had lost nearly all his money on 'get rich quick' schemes which did not materialise although they seemed so good at first. He tried and tried to become a millionaire, but he was never lucky as none of his investments were ever successful. When he died, Sheila found that she had no money, Rosswood Hall was in a state of disrepair and neglect and her father had sold everything that was saleable in the house including her mother's most precious jewellery. She was the only child and so her father's Earldom and Rosswood Hall passed to a cousin, whom she had never liked and her parents had consistently refused to invite him to the house or be pleasant...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The Marquis of Whisinford and his friend Lord Alfred Middleton meet at White's Club and tell each other how bored they are with the London Season and the same parties with the same people night after night. They commiserate with each other for finding life so repetitive where nothing new ever happens. Listening to them, the old Duke of Dunstead tells them that he has a solution to their problem and so he bets one of his well bred horses against one of theirs that, if they go out disguised as ordinary men, they will undoubtedly find an adventure of some kind on the open road. Because it is a bet and betting at White's is traditional, the Marquis agrees to ride North as far as Northumberland...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    When Russian revolutionaries burn down their beloved home in the Caucasus with their sick father still inside it, Ivor and his beautiful sister Weena decide to leave Russia for good and travel to England.Their mother, who was now dead, had been English and so they themselves speak the language fluently. Ivor told Weena that he had been expecting trouble from the locals for some time and had been secretly removing valuable paintings and objets d'art from their home and storing them in a warehouse at the docks. These they would bring to England and by selling them they would have enough money to live on until they both married, as Ivor insisted, to an heiress for himself and a rich...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The beautiful Iona Langdale is walking in her favourite wood the day before her wedding, which is planned to be a huge Society event with marquees and fireworks and attended by her large family and all her smart friends from London. She is musing dreamily about how happy she will be once she is married to her next door neighbour, John Moreton, whom she has known since childhood. Beside a hut by a pool in the wood, she sees her fiancé's horse tied up to a post and can hear voices coming from inside. She listens without really meaning to and it is John who is speaking to the Vicar's daughter, Mary. He is telling her how much he loves her, but he has to go through with marrying Iona because...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The beautiful Vanora is helping her uncle, Lord Blairmond the distinguished Statesman who lives in London, to write his autobiography, when she has an urgent call from her brother, Ewen, to return immediately to Scotland. He has just become Chieftain of the McKyle Clan and she wonders why he wants her. The McKyles have for years fought with the MacFiles whose Chieftain is the Earl of Glenfile. The Earl has also returned to Scotland because his father is dying and he has been tricked and deceived by two women he has been having affaires-de-coeur with in London. He comes to the decision that he will never fall in love again and trusts no one. Vanora finds when she reaches Scotland that her...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The tenth Earl of Narbrooke is a miser. He is obsessed with money and is prepared to starve himself as well as his household and will not give a penny to his family even though he is the Head of it. He has locked himself away in his vast mansion and neglects the estate until it becomes a disgrace. Colonel Euan Campbell, who had been wounded in the War with Napoleon, is very hard-up and accepts the position of managing the Earl's horses. He is given a cottage for his wife and his daughter, Devona, aged thirteen. The Colonel is killed by a wild horse that the Earl insists on buying because it was cheap and, as they are destitute, Mrs. Campbell and Devonia are taken into the big house so that...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    After the Battle of Waterloo and the subsequent Army of Occupation in France, the Earl of Monthurst returns to his ancestral home in England to find it in a very bad condition. Because labour had not been available during the war, The Hall, which goes back to Tudor times, was badly in need of repair, while the farms on his extensive estate were untenanted and the fields unploughed. Not only had all the local men been taken by the Army, but a large number had not returned. The villagers had faced near starvation and many older people had died from want of attention.The Earl had unwisely brought back with him a French Comtesse who was very beautiful and possessive and was obviously...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    Dalma Wickham, having been in Athens to learn Greek, arrives at a British Steamer to return to London to find that they will not allow her dog, Twi-Twi, on board. Because she is turned away from the British ship, she walks round the quay and sees a most magnificent yacht. While she is admiring it, a bomb goes off at the end of the quay and the seamen leave the yacht to see what has happened. On an impulse, because she realises it is her last chance of getting Twi-Twi to England, she slips aboard the yacht and hides in one of the empty cabins. The yacht goes to sea and she is just beginning to feel hungry when Twi-Twi starts barking. Dalma has made up her mind that the owner of the...read more

  • Barbara Cartland

    The Honourable Richard Brooke, the younger son of the Earl of Grandbrooke becomes a close friend of Prince Ivan of Karlova. The Prince however does not use his title as he is incognito. He is therefore known as Ivan Sazon. As is usual in aristocratic families, Richard, as the second son is ordained and is then appointed to a Parish in Oxford. Prince Ivan is often at his house and it was not long before he falls in love with Richard’s sister Elizabeth, who is very beautiful. They marry and are very happy for six years and have one child, whom they christen Tarena. Unexpectedly Ivan is called back to Karlova because his father, the King, has died and he has to take his place. He also...read more