Barbara Cartland

A Kiss In The Desert

The Earl of Bracken is meeting his good friend Captain Charles Kenwood at his Club in St. Jamess Street. He has just returned from a visit to Syria where he had been introduced to Sheik Abu Hamid, the owner of the most magnificent Arab horses the Earl has ever seen. They are both keen to buy horses from the Sheik who is reluctant to sell unless his greatest wish can be fulfilled. He wants to receive a Royal Princess as his guest at his house in the desert, so that he can show his neighbours how important and prestigious he in..the Earl and Charles concoct a plan to take a fake Princess with them to Syria, but cannot think how they can find a suitable candidate for the role until Charles suggests his beautiful sister, Vanda. The Earl has another reason for this escapade and leaving England in that he is being ruthlessly pursued by the glamorous Irene, Lady Grantham, and he is becoming disenchanted with her. Charles has no difficulty in persuading Vanda, as she is most enthusiastic about Arab horses. And they set off in the Earls yacht together. They are greeted cordially by the Sheik and Vanda plays her part splendidly as the Princess. They are very impressed by all the Arab horses, but dangers soon arise as Vanda is too convincing as Royalty and their whole mission is jeopardised. How the Earl saves the day and Vanda finds the love she has always sought is told in this gripping story by BARBARA CARTLAND.
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    Kirsten Grashas quoted4 years ago
    The Earl of Bracken walked into White’s Club in St. James’s Street.
    “Good morning, my Lord,” the porter greeted him.
    “Good morning, Jackson,” the Earl replied. “Is Captain Kenwood here yet?”
    “No, my Lord, but there’s a letter for you that has just arrived.”
    He produced a sky blue envelope and the Earl took it from him and put it in his pocket before walking into the coffee room.
    There were two members of the Club whom the Earl knew well sitting in the bow window which had been made famous by Beau Brummel.
    They were deep in conversation and he had no wish to join them, so he walked quickly to the other end of the room and sat down in a corner.
    He ordered a bottle of champagne from the Steward and almost reluctantly opened the letter which had been waiting for him.
    It was, as he knew, from Lady Grantham as there was a faint scent emanating from the paper which he recognised.
    He considered it a mistake for Irene to write to him using anything so noticeable as her sky blue writing paper. She had made it specially her own and the Earl knew it was recognised by the porters in his Club as well as by most servants in houses in Mayfair.
    As he expected the letter was a long effusion of love and was mingled with urgent requests for him to come to her as quickly as possible.
    He read it through and tucked it away into his pocket.
    It was increasingly obvious that Irene Grantham was becoming somewhat of a problem and one that he was finding increasingly difficult to solve.
    After the Earl had travelled round the world at his father’s sugges

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