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Fascination in France by Barbara Cartland
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Fascination in France (1993)

by Barbara Cartland

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Oh Barbara---your stilting---prose makes--my head--hurt.

Silly, fast read about two young ladies who are sent to a rich man's house, one to be married off in the interest of a business partnership. The other sent to chaperone her cousin. Expect a classic Cartland switch-a-roo with the Duc falling for the other one unexpectedly. Yes, there will be perils for our young heroine. She will be in danger, but will pluckily save the day and everyone will live happily ever after. But if you weren't looking for a HEA, you wouldn't have read a Barbara Cartland romance.

Plus for the book being short, and the main characters not horrible in the end. Minus for the dumb cousin who was annoying and nothing but a plot device. ( )
  GovMarley | Aug 6, 2017 |
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Lady Celita Dale left Finishing School with her friend the Honorable Judy Forde, whose father said the two girls are expected in Provence at the Duc de Sahran's Chateau. Judie realised she is expected to marry the womanizing Duc, although she is in love with someone else. The Duc was known as Monsieur Parfait, for he achieves perfection in all things: his manor, his gardens, his stables, and the exquisite--and expensive--beauties he frequents in Paris. Celita had a plan to rescue her friend from this unwanted alliance, taken her friend's place, but the Duc has quite another scheme in mind... Then, just as Celita and her Duc surrender to the rapturous surprise of Love, a wicked attack threatens their newfound future. Yet two hearts must prevail, under the sign of the mischievous gods of destiny....
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0515117889, Mass Market Paperback)

Hoping to rescue her friend, the Honorable Judy Forde, from an unwanted marriage to the womanizing Duc de Sahran, Lady Celita Dale finds herself unexpectedly falling in love with the prospective bridegroom.

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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 ch?ateau 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 realizes that she has lost her heart to the handsome Frenchman, she is also about to lose her life.… (more)

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