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Barbara Cartland

Fascination in France

The beautiful Lady Celita Dale, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Langdale, is dismayed to hear that her best friend Judy’s father, Lord Waterforde, intends to marry his daughter off against her will to the Duc de Sahran who lives in the exotic South of France and whom she has never even met.
Worse still, Judy is secretly in love with a charming young man called Clive Cunningham.
Despatched to Provence to meet the Duc at his Fairy tale château the two girls are in despair until the resourceful Celita colludes with the dashing Duc in a subtle deception.
To appease Lord Waterforde instead of proposing to Judy, the Duc declares his undying love for Celita, thus freeing Judy to marry her beloved Clive.
The ruse appears to work until the Duc’s jealous former lover lures Celita into mortal danger. Just as she realises that she has lost her heart to the handsome Frenchman, she is also about to lose her life –
138 printed pages
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Barbara Cartland Ebooks Ltd.
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  • fatimahj07shared an impression4 years ago

    I would enjoy helping him expand his stables, as he wishes to do?’ - is that a statement or question...

    “I just loved him because he was the most handsome man I had ever seen.” “And he loved you, Mama, because you were so beautiful,” Celita had replied. - usually called infatuation or a crush in this day and age.

    "Many treasures that had been collected by his ancestors over the years – and the Sahrans were one of the oldest families in France – had been lost." - treasures collected through pillaging and looting other nations...

    Because Lord Waterforde was aware of how difficult life was for the Countess since her husband’s death, fruit from the garden, eggs, chickens and young lambs from the farm came to Four Gables regularly. - how wonderful to know that we're not stuck thinking we need animal products and by-products anymore...

    "Why did a woman become boring, however beautiful she might be? She was waiting for the Duc, reclining on a sofa and leaning back against a number of satin cushions. They made a perfect frame with their soft eau de nil for the darkness of her hair and the translucent white of her skin. She was wearing a chiffon negligee that did little to disguise the exquisite curves of her body." Omg I want to laugh...

    "As he thought it over, he could imagine nothing more appalling than being married to Yvonne or her like" like himself? Yvonne's sexual nature is the equivalent of his own lol...

    “But seriously, though, of course, I have not told this to anyone else, I am considerably overdrawn at the Bank.” - perhaps stop wasting money on loose women, that would be a start...

    And Celita could feel the horses straining almost towards the clouds. - again, poor horses. Forced to race, forced to pull sh*t in the worst conditions. Appalling.

    But now, after what Celita had told him, he found himself thinking that he had been very foolish and over-optimistic. - unusual for a man in a BC novel to admit that when he has the attitude of the Duc...

    "Whatever he wanted she wanted and that she told herself was the foundation of a happy marriage." 😂😂😂

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  • Mary Augustowiczhas quoted3 years ago
    She realised that the Duc had left the curtains undrawn. The casement windows were open so that they could see the stars that filled the sky
  • Mary Augustowiczhas quoted3 years ago
    Celita gave a little laugh.

    “I have had no opportunity of doing that
  • Mary Augustowiczhas quoted3 years ago
    She thought that he would take her to his own room

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