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Flame Of The East

Author: Julia Fitzgerald

Publisher: Futura Publications (1986)

STAR KEMPTON: adventurous, freedom-loving, full of energy. Her dream comes true when she sets off on a desert trekking holiday. No one can cage a Sagittarian...ZACK BARCLAY would try. Intense, sensual - and very possessive - Zack is in charge of the trek. Born under the sign of Scorpio, he is dynamic and fearless but his true emotions lie deep, beneath that chill exterior. Fiery encounters are to follow, mirrored by the savage grandeur of the North African desert. Zack has travelled widely and is loved by the nomadic Bedouin tribes for his loyalty and his wisdom. But Star would learn the ways of the desert for herself... The Scorpion and the Archer are fated to wound each other before they find love...

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Forever Yours

Author: Rita Bradshaw

Publisher: Headline (2011)

A heartbreaking saga of true love against all odds. A tragic house fire kills both her parents, but Constance Shelton escapes, rescued by her eight-year-old neighbour, Matt Heath. She is brought up by her grandparents, but the two children become inseparable and, as she enters her teens, these strong feelings turn into love. But Matt sees her only as a sister and Constance can do nothing when he proposes to another girl. When Constance discovers that the fire that killed her parents wasn't an accident, but in fact the actions of a jealous man, she finds herself in terrible danger and is forced to leave the village and everyone she knows. Although Constance makes a good life for herself elsewhere, her heart remains with the only man she has ever loved. But what will it take for Matt to realise his true feelings for her?

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Forgotten

Author: Susan Lewis

Publisher: Arrow (2010)

When Lisa Martin and David Kirby were forced to part, they never dreamed they might one day have a second chance. Many years later, they meet again and it is clear that, despite everything that's happened to them, they are still the big love of each other's life. And nothing is going to keep them apart this time around. But then they are faced with a shocking truth. However, David won't be defeated. In spite of knowing this is a battle they can't win, he decides to fight anyway, in the only way he knows how. When Lisa discovers what he intends she's so horrified. Yet, through a chink in her fear, she can see the logic of what he's suggesting. But can she bring herself to help him...?

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Fortune's Rocks

Author: Anita Shreve

Publisher: Abacus (2001)

Set 100 years ago in Boston, Fortune's Rocks is a classic of literary and romantic storytelling. Fourteen-year-old Olympic Biddeford is spending the summer with her parents at their seasonal house at Fortune's Rocks. Her father handles her education himself and is in fact a publisher of mildly liberal literature. One author he admires, who also practises as a physician, comes to visit the house. 40 years old, married with four children, he still embarks on an affair with the adolescent girl. They have a swift, passionate summer, torn apart when they are discovered together during Olympic's fifteenth birthday party. She is taken back to Boston, her parents are mortified and remove themselves from society. When Olympic is delivered of a baby boy nine months later, he is taken from her and she finds herself in exile at a ladies college and then as a governess. She decides she must get her child back, which means returning to Fortune's Rocks... This sensuality of a girl's rite of passage, the descriptions of landscape, weather, music and light, are vintage Shreve and her seventh novel will thrill her many admirers.

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Frederica

Author: Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Pan (1971)

Rich, handsome, darling of the ton, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters - the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. Until a distant connection, ignorant of his selfishness, applies to him for help. Plunged headlong into one drama after another by the large and irrepressible Merriville family, Alverstoke is surprised to find himself far from bored. The lovely Charis may be as hen-witted as she is beautiful but Jessamy is an interesting boy, and Felix an engaging scamp. And, most intriguing of all, their strong-minded sister Frederica, who seems more concerned with her family's welfare than his own distinguished attentions ...

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Frenchman's Creek

Author: Daphne Du Maurier

Publisher: Virago (2003)

The Restoration Court knows Lady Dona St Columb to be ripe for any folly, any outrage that will alter the tedium of her days. But there is another, secret Dona who longs for freedom, honest love - and sweetness, even if it is spiced with danger. To escape the shallowness of court life, Dona retreats to Navron, her husband's remote Cornish estate. There, she seeks peace in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. But she finds instead a daring pirate, hunted by all Cornwall, a Frenchman who, like Dona, would gamble his life for a moment's joy. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

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Friday's Child

Author: Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (2004)

Rejected by Miss Milborne, the Incomparable, for his unsteadiness of character, wild Lord Sheringham is bent on avenging Fate and coming into his fortune. But the very first woman he should see is Hero Wantage, the young and charmingly unsophisticated chit, who has loved him since childhood-

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Fury

Author: Elizabeth Miles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd (2011)

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems... Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better—the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend. On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed. In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen.

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Going Home

Author: Harriet Evans

Publisher: Harper (2011)

Some families warm your heart. Lizzy's makes her head spin. Home. For most it's a place of calm and safety. For Lizzy Walter, things are a bit more complicated. Keeper House – a cherished old place deep in the countryside – has always been the heart of the Walter's universe. There, Lizzy can escape from her London life and ease her heart and mind. But trouble is on the horizon. For a start, her entire family are hiding something. Then the Love of Her Life makes an unexpected reappearance – just when she thought she was starting to get over him. And now Keeper House itself is in peril. By the time the Walters gather for a summer wedding, the stakes have never been higher – for Lizzy, for her family and for love

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Grace Hardie

Author: Anne Melville

Publisher: Grafton Books (1998)

The story of a 20th century girl born into a middle class shop-keeping family struggling to discover the lines between love, convention and duty as she is caught up in the horrors of the Great War and a case of assumed infanticide. This is the sequel to "House of Hardie". Anne Melville is also the author of the "Lorimer" series.

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