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No Bride, No Wedding von Cartland, Barbara (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 14.12.2015
  • Verlag: Barbara Cartland Ebooks ltd
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No Bride, No Wedding

Calina Hart's mother, the lovely Lady Carol Wood, was being forced by her ambitious father, the Earl of Hurstwood, to marry the Duke of Denholme, who is dull, boring and a poor rider - but is a Duke! Early in the morning of the day of her Wedding to the Duke Lady Carol runs away with John Hart, who is a brilliant trainer of her father's horses, as she has fallen in love with him and refuses to marry a man she does not and cannot love. The Earl is furious and the Duke is made to look a fool and Society is understandably scandalised and fascinated by the story of the runaway bride. They marry at once and then escape to Cornwall and nobody knows where they are and soon their adored daughter, Calina, is born and she becomes more beautiful every year. Lady Carol and John Hart had always been very happy together until he died of a virulent fever in Egypt whilst taking four outstanding horses he had trained to the Khedive. Calina and her mother had been about to travel to Egypt to visit his grave when her mother had died more of a broken heart than anything else. Although Calina did not have much money, she wanted to carry on with the journey that she and her mother had planned and she left on a ship bound for Cairo. As she was not chaperoned, she wore widows weeds and called herself 'Lady Hartington' after making slight alterations to her mother's passport. As she has a title, she is invited to join the Captain's table and there she meets the good-looking Marquis of Merryfield, who is gracious and charming to her and they enjoy each other's company. Later in the voyage after stopping at Naples she meets Mr. Oliver Bagshot, an American millionaire, who never stops talking about himself and he is instantly attracted to Calina and begins to pester her. How she finds Mr. Oliver Bagshot in her cabin one night after dinner with a bottle of champagne in his hand and how she runs desperately to the Marquis for help and with a most unexpected result is all told in this romantic and intriguing 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.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 198
    Erscheinungsdatum: 14.12.2015
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781782137795
    Verlag: Barbara Cartland Ebooks ltd
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No Bride, No Wedding

CHAPTER ONE 1876

Calina walked into the small cottage.

Pulling off the black hat that she had worn at the funeral, she sat down at the window and put her hands over her eyes.

She had not cried at her mother's funeral.

But now she was alone she felt that she must burst into tears even though she knew that her mother would have disapproved.

"A lady does not cry in public," she had said to her daughter not once but many times during the years that she was growing up.

Her mother had been very particular that she must never do anything that was unladylike or vulgar.

It was understandable, Calina had always thought, considering the different world that her mother was living in now to the way it had been when she was a little girl of her age.

The funeral had been simple and straightforward as Mrs. Hart was of no particular consequence.

The Parson had gabbled through the prayers and the four bearers had just dropped the coffin into the grave and stood back for the Blessing before it was covered over.

There were a few villagers there besides Calina and she knew that they were thinking it was a blessing that the poor woman should not have gone on suffering as she had this last year.

It was the death of Calina's father in a far off land that had made her mother no longer wish to live.

It was as if she had deliberately given away part of her health every day until finally, three days ago, Calina had gone into her bedroom to call her in the morning.

She thought at first that she was asleep and then she realised that her mother had passed away.

Calina gave a deep sigh and knelt down by the bed.

'How could you leave me, Mama?' she wanted to scream out. 'How could you just go away and leave me all alone?'

But she then realised that she might have expected it, simply because her mother could not live without her father.

The love they had for each other was so intense that for the moment she felt that, ever since her father had died, he had been calling her mother from wherever he was now to urge her to come to him.

It was strange, Calina thought, that her mother had been so blissfully happy in an entirely different world to the one she had been brought up in.

'If I put it into a book,' she had thought more than once, 'no one would believe it.'

It was, in fact, a fascinating story and Calina often went over it in her mind at night.

Just recently she had felt as if it was being acted out in front of her, that she was watching her mother's life and her own on the stage.

Lady Carol Wood was the only daughter of the fifth Earl of Hurstwood, who was one of the more distinguished and respected members of The House of Lords.

The Earl considered himself of great consequence and was desperately disappointed that he did not have a son.

He was therefore most determined that his daughter should make a brilliant marriage and his son-in-law would compensate for him not having a son of his own.

Lady Carol was an exceedingly pretty girl and was growing more beautiful year by year.

"When she 'comes out' she will be the belle of the Season," her father was told by almost every one of his friends who met her.

It made him even more determined than ever that Lady Carol would make an illustrious marriage.

She was born on Christmas Day and had delighted her parents as they had been married for some time before they had a child.

Her father was in the Diplomatic world.

After his appointments as the British Ambassador in various countries, he had then settled down in London and became the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

He had not married until he was getting on for forty and this was one of the reasons why he did not have a large family. As it was, three years passed before his wife gave him a daughter.

Although he

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