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Never Laugh at Love by Barbara Cartland
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Never Laugh at Love

by Barbara Cartland

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It is the story of Anthea Forthingdale who drew caricatures of London society to gain an income and support her mother and sisters. Unfortunately, she drew one of her Godmother with the Duke of Axminster and now her Godmother, in order to avoid a divorce, proposes that the duke should marry Anthea!
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Anthea Forthingdale had made the most costly mistake of her life.

Granted she needed money to ease her mother and three sisters out of their impoverished existence. And granted Anthea's clever caricatures of London high society had been a smashing success: even the Prince Regent chuckled at her witty, anonymous parodies and a newspaper had offered her ten pounds outright for each drawing.

But to have submitted a caricature of her own alluring young Godmother with her illicit lover, the Duke of Axminster, for publication... Really, what had Anthea been thinking of? And now her Godmother's outraged husband was threatening his unfaithful wife with a messy divorce.

There was only one way out of this tempest Anthea had created with her silly scribblings. As the Duke proposed the solution, the poor young girl went cold with dread....
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Anthea Forthingdale and her sisters Thais, Chloe and Phebe have all been named after famous poems. They are all beautiful and, after their father's death at Waterloo, the girls and their mother, Christobel, are alone and isolated, living in poverty in a small Yorkshire village. Struggling for money and appropriate suitors for her daughter, in May 1819 Lady Forthingdale writes to an old friend, the Countess of Sheldon, in London and asks if she will have her Godchild Anthea to stay for the rest of the London season.… (more)

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