Lady Dorianna Dale is packing her trousseau for her illustrious Society wedding to the rich Lord Buxton.
She does not love him, she cannot bear him to touch her and she hates the sound of his loud foolish voice – but unless the wedding goes ahead, she and her Mama will lose everything and will have to sell their beautiful home, Ashburton Hall.
Dorianna briefly meets the handsome and enigmatic Earl of Claremont at a London soirée and she longs to see him again. But how can this ever happen once she is married to Lord Buxton?
She must take her destiny into her own hands. Her maid, Audrey, agrees to impersonate her at the wedding, while Dorianna escapes and finds herself aboard the yacht of a mysterious stranger heading for the Continent.
Deep in the woodland garden at Ashburton Hall a Greek statue holds the key to Dorianna’s future happiness.
But will she ever find the love she dreams about? And will she ever be reunited with the mysterious Earl? Find out what happens in this delicious romantic tale by BARBARA CARTLAND.
Barbara Cartland was the world’s most prolific novelist who wrote an amazing 723 books in her lifetime, of which no less than 644 were romantic novels with worldwide sales of over 1 billion copies and her books were translated into 36 different languages. As well as romantic novels, she wrote historical biographies, 6 autobiographies, theatrical plays and books of advice on life, love, vitamins and cookery. She wrote her first book at the age of 21 and it was called Jigsaw. It became an immediate bestseller and sold 100,000 copies in hardback in England and all over Europe in translation. Between the ages of 77 and 97 she increased her output and wrote an incredible 400 romances as the demand for her romances was so strong all over the world. She wrote her last book at the age of 97 and it was entitled perhaps prophetically The Way to Heaven. Her books have always been immensely popular in the United States where in 1976 her current books were at numbers 1 & 2 in the B. Dalton bestsellers list, a feat never achieved before or since by any author. Barbara Cartland became a legend in her own lifetime and will be best remembered for her wonderful romantic novels so loved by her millions of readers throughout the world, who have always collected her books to read again and again, especially when they feel miserable or depressed. Her books will always be treasured for their moral message, her pure and innocent heroines, her handsome and dashing heroes, her blissful happy endings and above all for her belief that the power of love is more important than anything else in everyone’s life."