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The Marriage Gamble By Marina Oliver
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Luke, Earl of Frayne, is determined to recover Frayne Caste, even if it means marrying the present owner, Damaris Hallem, a girl he has never met. Luke's father, an inveterate gambler, lost the... More > Castle fifty years earlier to Damaris's grandfather, an innkeeper. As it is the first estate his family obtained Luke wants to regain it. Damaris, unwillingly obeying her grandfather's wishes, comes to London for the Season with her friend Mary, Lady Gordon, and her two young children. She will be twenty-one in July, and is looking forward to controlling her inheritance, which has been in the charge of a distant cousin, Humphrey Lee. Damaris is convinced he wants to marry her. She doesn't want any husband, who would deprive her of such control. Her first encounter with Luke is disastrous, but she soon finds a way out of the dilemma.< Less
The Cobweb Cage By Marina Oliver
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Marigold Smith, born into the small mining town of Hednesford, is devoted to her family, especially the small and delicate Ivy, for whose accident she blames herself. She is determined to try and... More > make life easier for Ivy and her middle sister, Poppy, as well as her hard-working parents. When she is given the chance of going into service in Oxford she meets the wealthy and charming Richard Endersby, whose father owns a factory in the Potteries. Despite the differences of class, education, and background they fall in love. Then comes the Great War, and Richard, a qualified pilot, joins the army. He is reported missing, Marigold's family is struck by tragedy, and she has to make an agonising decision in order to be able to help them. Through her they can escape from poverty and she can build a business to support them all.< Less
The Glowing Hours By Marina Oliver
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Nell is desperate to escape from her drunken, violent father and the Birmingham slum where they live. This is made possible with the help of Gwyneth, who has fled from her father, a bigoted Welsh... More > preacher. Both want to dance, and at the studio they meet Kitty, wealthy, but neglected by her mother and not knowing who her father is. Together the three friends soon join a chorus line and begin to dance at 1920s Music Halls. They have to overcome threats from their families, and the attractions of the men who admire them. There is Paul, a wealthy doctor, the dilettante Hon Timothy, and Kitty's cousin Andrew, saxophonist. Helping them are Marigold and Richard Endersby, who feature in The Cobweb Cage. A dream is about to come true when they are selected to dance at the Folies-Bergère in Paris, but can they overcome the many obstacles and disasters that assail them?< Less
The Golden Road By Marina Oliver
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The Golden Road When Josie Shaw's stepfather George dies, and she and her mother Dora are left with nothing but debts. Dora wants Josie to make a good marriage. Josie, however, is strong and... More > independent. George's son Leo, offers Josie a job as a secretary in his Birmingham jewellery factory. Together with her cousin Lizzie, Josie becomes fascinated by the motoring rallies popular in the 1930s, and longs to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally. Then a chain of disasters strike, and she has no job, no home, and little hope of a bright future. The contrasts of the Birmingham slums, the glamorous world of jewels, fast motor cars and the ultimate test of stamina in the Monte Carlo Rally make this an absorbing read. About Marina Oliver Marina has more than 80 novels published, all are available as ebooks. Marina has also written several guide books for aspiring writers. For more information about Marina and details of all her books see her website: http://www.marina-oliver.net< Less
Lord Hugo's Bride By Marina Oliver
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Hugo, Earl of Winton, needs a wife and an heir if his weak cousin William and his unpleasant French wife Hortense, with the son who might not be her husband's, is not to succeed him. He decides ... More > Phillipa Stannerly will be suitable. She is pretty, and an heiress. Phillipa, in love with Charles, is distraught. Then her French cousin Sophie du Plessis comes to London and promises to help her. Their mothers were twins, and the girls are sufficiently alike to confuse people who do not know them well. When Hugo sees Sophie on her own he offers her a lift home, intending to pursue his suit in the belief she is Phillipa. She maintains the deception, hoping to prove to her uncle that Hugo is not a fit husband for Phillipa. Her behaviour is, however, unlike Phillipa's shy response, and Hugo is intrigued.< Less
Lord Hugo's Wedding By Marina Oliver
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The Earl of Winton was a notorious rake at the Court of Charles II, but falls in love with Sophie when he abducts her in mistake for her cousin Phillipa. They plan their wedding, but Sophie and her... More > parents must go home to France, where her grandmother is ill. Strange happenings follow them, and they suspect Hugo's discarded mistress, Kate Trent, and Monsieur de Terville, a probable agent of King Louis XIV, both of whom wish them ill.< Less
Sibylla and the Privateer By Marina Oliver
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This privateer is not what Sibylla expects! She is in love with her brother Gerard's former friend, Randolph, and meeting him secretly. When she discovers he means to betray Gerard, who is... More > working to help restore Charles II to the throne, he dare not leave her and abducts her, taking her on a fishing boat. They are captured by Josselin, a French Privateer, who takes them to his chateau. Randolph escapes, and fearing for Gerard they chase him to St Malo, and the wide bay with its rapidly retreating tide. How can Gerard be saved and Randolph defeated?< Less
Chance-met Stranger By Marina Oliver
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Janie Tempest's idyllic cottage, left to her by her godmother, is being demolished to make way for a new industrial park, and at the last minute the removal company can't do the job of moving her... More > large items. Luckily the men dealing with her neighbour's move are willing to help. The handsome Manuel asks her out for dinner, and then becomes involved in her feckless sister's latest disaster. To make things even worse, Brian, the step-nephew of her godmother produces a will leaving the cottage to him.< Less
Louise By Marina Oliver
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Persuaded by her grandfather to supervise the coming out of Matilda, his great-niece, Louise reluctantly goes to London to take part in the season for the first time since her soldier husband was... More > killed three years before. Matilda is difficult, but Louise enjoys meeting old and new friends and the balls. But finding a husband for Matilda proved more difficult than anticipated.< Less
My Lord Tremaine By Marina Oliver
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When Edmund,Viscount Tremaine, is reported dead at Waterloo, Jane, his fiancée, is devastated. Her father's death has left her and her sister Elinor almost destitute. William, the new... More > Viscount, arrives. At Waterloo a farmer, Gervaas, helping bury the dead, finds an unconscious man who has lost his memory. He stays at the farm, hoping he will remember who he is.< Less