Dollars for the Duke

Dollars for the Duke

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Following the sudden death of his rakish father, Seldon Burn unexpectedly inherits the title of Duke of Otterburn. Returning to the family estate, he swiftly discovers that the title is the only thing he has inherited – along with a mountain of his father's debts and nothing to pay them with.A brave and proud soldier, nothing has prepared the new Duke for the devastation to the family coffers caused by his late father's love of lavish entertainment, Gaiety Girls and good living. Meeting with the family Solicitor, the Duke is horrified to discover the Ducal properties are crumbling, everything of value is entailed and even the racehorses have not been schooled properly.Desperately seeking to rebuild the family fortune and honourably fulfil his duty of care to the old and infirm of the village, his cousin Edith, a sophisticated Socialite, offers a solution.She suggests that he follows in the footsteps of many an impoverished English aristocrat and marries a wealthy...
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Music from the Heart

Music from the Heart

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Sent reluctantly to stay with her aunt so that her lustrous dark red hair and green gold-flecked eyes would not distract the attentions of her stepsister's suitor, beautiful young Ilouka's stagecoach is involved in a terrible accident in which two passengers are killed.One is Ilouka's old lady's maid and chaperone, Hannah. The other is Lucille Ganymede, a glamorous dancer and understudy to Madame Vestris, the famous performer who has enchanted the theatre world of Covent Garden.They are en route to perform at a private gentlemen's party for the Earl of Lavenham at his glorious stately home, Lavenham Hall.Lucille's Manager, Mr. D'Arcy, is distraught. This engagement is his last hope if he is to avoid destitution and, since she is a gifted singer and dancer herself, Ilouka nervously agrees to perform in Lucille's place.But on arrival she takes an instant dislike to the Earl's haughty demeanour and worse still she finds to her dismay that the...
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195. Moon Over Eden

195. Moon Over Eden

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Ceylon born and bred, yet English through and though thanks to their stern father, who is the local Vicar, beautiful young Dominica Radford and her five sisters are excited when one Sunday a very handsome English gentleman comes calling on their father in their rundown Vicarage in Colombo. But excitement turns to shock when Lord Hawkston out of the blue asks for Dominica's hand in marriage for his twenty-four year old nephew Gerald Warren, who is running Lord Hawkston's estate in Northern Ceylon. Having discovered that Gerald, recently spurned by a previous fiancée, is drinking heavily, letting the Hawkston tea estate go to wrack and ruin and treating his native lover cruelly, Lord Hawkston is desperate to see him married and settled and so sees the intelligent and sensible Dominica as the perfect bride for him.Overwhelmed by his Lordship's generosity in giving her a glorious trousseau of pretty clothes, Dominica initially agrees, but soon she realises not only that she does not...
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Sweet Enchantress

Sweet Enchantress

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

When her father, a famous archaeologist, died, he left young Zaria Mansford with little other than debt, poverty, the memory of his bullying and a useful knowledge of archaeology and Arabic. She is close to starvation from lack of money and there is nothing that could help her make her lonely way in the world. But then to her amazement she is informed by her father's Solicitors that she has inherited her rich aunt's fortune, including a sumptuous yacht, The Enchantress. The yacht she is told has been chartered by a wealthy American for a voyage to Algeria and he needs an assistant with a knowledge of archaeology and Arabic as he intends to start excavating a Roman site close to the City of Algiers. Soon Zaria finds herself secretly taking the place of the young lady employed for the job and, after meeting in strange circumstances the handsome Chuck Tanner, who is in desperate need of her assistance and she then becomes embroiled in a maze of subterfuge and deceit. Before long...
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Miracle For a Madonna

Miracle For a Madonna

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

It is almost impossible to believe, but it appears that the handsome young Italian Prince Antonio di Sogino has stolen an exquisite Florentine antique necklace from Jennie, the Marchioness of Kirkham, with whom he has enjoyed a brief dalliance on a visit to London. Distraught and terrified that her ageing husband will discover the loss of the necklace, she seeks help from her brother, Lord Mere, a military hero and a close confidant of Queen Victoria. Determined to help his sister Lord Mere travels to Florence and uncovers a sinister blackmail plot by the ugly and depraved Prince Vincente Gorizia, trapping a young beauty named Florencia into an unholy marriage. Lord Mere is struck hard by this appalling injustice and smitten in a trice by Florencia's ethereal Raphaelite beauty, as he has always admired and been enchanted by Raphael's paintings of other worldly Madonnas. Heroically he proposes to challenge her persecutor and meticulously plans his campaign to rescue Florencia...
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Love Joins the Clans

Love Joins the Clans

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

After her mother Lottie's death in Paris, penniless young Clova has no one to turn to, so she heads for Scotland – to the Clan Lottie abandoned when Clova was just seven. Then fate intervenes and a vast inheritance from her dead mother's former lover makes her a rich woman.Nevertheless, she is afraid that her kin will despise her as they did her mother, who ran away with a 'Sassenach' to a life of 'sin' in Paris and Monte Carlo. But to her amazement, she is told that she has inherited the title of Marchioness of Strathblane and Chieftain of the McBlane Clan! But her new wealth and power are double-edged swords. Not only is her Clan embroiled in a bitter feud with the neighbouring McCowans, but her cousin Euan is also plotting to seize her title – by the foulest of means.Winning the hearts of her Clan with her brave leadership, she loses her own to the 'enemy' Laird – and if wicked Cousin Euan gets his way she will lose her life too.
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The Odious Duke

The Odious Duke

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

The dashing Duke of Selchester is on his way to visit Lord Upminster at Copple Hall when he is halted by a collision in the road ahead to find that a stagecoach has crashed into his own travelling carriage, the wheel of which is badly buckled.Worse still, his beloved pedigree stallion, Salamanca, needs re-shoeing.Arriving on foot at the nearest village, he finds a strikingly attractive young girl called Verena Winchcombe, who agrees to take him to the local blacksmith.It transpires that she has been awaiting the arrival of someone she calls 'the Odious Duke', who is due at Copple Hall, but who has so far failed to arrive. With horror the Duke realises that she is talking of none other than himself. So he introduces himself by his rank as 'Major Theron Royd'.When Verena confides in him about strange goings on at an old, perhaps haunted, Priory where he agrees to go along with her to investigate.And there he is bludgeoned unconscious by a...
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A Victory for Love

A Victory for Love

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Riding in the woods, beautiful young Farica encounters a handsome yet sad young gentleman called John Hamilton – whom she is sure is about to commit suicide. After intervening she is instantly, irresistibly attracted to him – but, as she explains, she is already, unwillingly, promised in marriage to Fergus, the new Earl of Lydbrooke . Not only does she not love him – she feels sure the Earl is marrying her only for her father's large fortune (it is common knowledge the Fergus is wildly extravagant and in terrible debt).Soon it is revealed that "John Hamilton!" is actually Ivan, the true Earl of Lydbrooke – thought killed at Waterloo and replaced by Fergus a nephew of the old Earl. On hearing that Ivan is alive, Fergus had tried not once but twice to murder him in the hope of holding on to the title. Now Farica is caught up in a "crusade, of right against wrong, of good against evil that we have to win!" But the real question is can Love be the victor!
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A Nightingale Sang

A Nightingale Sang

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Dejected and jobless like so many other Servicemen after the end of the Great War of 1914-18, Tybalt Hampton escapes a ball in Berkeley Square and meets a delightful young girl who has also sought refuge in the little Temple in the nearby gardens because no one has asked her to dance. It is too dark to make out her face, but in an enchanted moment they kiss in the moonlight and a nightingale sings in the trees above as if just for them. Two years later the beautiful Aleta Wayte, the recipient of that anonymous kiss, and her brother, Sir Harry Wayte, are forced to let their beloved ancestral mansion to a millionaire American called Cornelius Wardolf, disguising themselves as servants in their own home and at their tenant's beck and call. Of noble birth but penniless, Aleta still dreams of that handsome stranger. So, when Fate in the form of a road accident brings him injured to her door, her hopes are raised and then instantly dashed. In her guise as a lowly servant how can she...
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Paradise Found

Paradise Found

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

After the death of her beloved mother, the beautiful young Salrina Milborne and her father, Lord Milborne, have found themselves in straitened circumstances.And now that her father has hurt his leg in a riding accident he is unable to complete the training of the horses they depend on for their income. Reluctantly Lord Milborne has agreed to sell one of his most precious thoroughbreds and, against his better judgement, he allows Salrina to ride unaccompanied to complete the sale some distance from their Manor House. When a vicious storm strikes, Salrina takes shelter in the stables of a Posting inn and there she overhears a conversation that will change her life. An English aristocrat is scheming with a sinister Frenchman to assassinate the Prince Regent at one of his extravagant parties at Carlton House in London!In the middle of the War against Napoleon this would have a devastating effect on British morale and would hand a considerable advantage to the French...
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Terror in the Sun

Terror in the Sun

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

When Bengal Lancers Major Iain Hadleigh first encounters the beautiful young Brucena Nairn it is on a moving train in India as he forces her back into the carriage to protect her from serious rioting on the platform. Far from being grateful, Brucena is outraged, having no idea that she is contravening Major Hadleigh's own orders that no Europeans may travel to the forbidden area of Saugor.She is on her way to join her cousin, Captain Sleeman and his wife, Amelie, intending without their knowledge to work as a Nanny to their as yet unborn child and thereby escaping a fault-finding father who hates her for her beauty and for not being the boy he so desperately needs for his estate and Castle in ScotlandBut Brucena soon finds far more to fear under India's searing sun. First the unwanted attentions of the somewhat sinister Lord Rawthorne and, worse still, the devotees of Thuggee – highway murderers who strangle their victims from behind with a yellow silk scarf –It is only when,...
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An Innocent in Russia

An Innocent in Russia

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Now that her beloved father has passed away and the family estate has been sold off to provide for her future, the beautiful young Zelina Tiverton is somewhat bewildered to find herself living amid the glamour of London's Social world with her Guardian, her glamorous Aunt Kathleen, who is the husband of the Earl of Rothbury. Now her aunt has a greater shock in store for her, announcing that she is sending Zelina to Russia to stay as Governess with Prince and Princess Volkonsky in their superb Palace to teach their children English. Clearly Aunt Kathleen simply wants Zelina off her hands as she is so pretty and so reluctantly she finds herself alone and unchaperoned aboard a Steamer bound for Stockholm en route to St. Petersburg. On board she meets the seemingly imperial Lord Charnock, one of the most handsome and overwhelming men she had ever seen, but also one of the most aloof. Unknown to Zelina, Lord Charnock is headed for St. Petersburg on an urgent and secret Diplomatic...
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Only a Dream

Only a Dream

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Although her father is the acclaimed Music Hall performer, Keegan Kenway, his young daughter, Isla, who is ethereally beautiful, is never allowed even to go near the Music Halls, which were not deemed suitable places for a lady to be seen at. Now that her mother is dead, her father is close to bankruptcy and so desperate for the proceeds of a benefit show that, when his co-star is taken ill, he is reluctantly forced to allow Isla to take her place for the evening and he sings his famous sons Champagne Charlie and It was only a dream.After a supremely successful performance when Isla and he are acclaimed by an enthusiastic audience, Keegan Kenway disappears to a late night party and Isla, declining the invitation, goes home alone, where the party's host, Lord Polegate, arrives to inform her that her father has collapsed and is still unconscious. In her dismay and anxiety, Isla agrees to accompany the persistent Lord Polegate to his country house, where she gradually realises that...
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The Duke Comes Home

The Duke Comes Home

Barbara Cartland

Romance / Contemporary / Historical Fiction

Ever since the cruel death of her beloved brother, David at the Battle of Waterloo, Lady Ilina Bury's father, the fifth Duke of Tetbury, has taken out his grief on her and now he too has died and his will reiterates his contempt of her. He leaves the beautiful nothing but the extremely valuable collection of jewels that had been given to his ancestor, the second Duke of Tetbury, by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The trouble is that, although legendary, these jewels are also almost certainly mythical and Ilina and David have been searching Tetbury Abbey for them for years without any success.All but destitute she dreads the arrival of her father's heir and rather than be a burden, she decides to pretend that she is a paid employee of the poverty-stricken estate.And when the handsome new Duke finally does arrive from the Far East, he is visibly disappointed by what he sees, but worse still he says that he intends to abandon the estate, all its loyal staff and close up The Abbey for...
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