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A Hazard of Hearts [Barbara Cartland] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Serena was happy at Staverley. She loved to roam the stately. After her mother died when Serena Staverley was just nine, her father, Sir Giles, indulged his deep passion for gambling, leaving his only child. Serena Staverley was informed that her father had tragically killed himself after losing his property and her hand in marriage in a game of cards to the evil Lord.

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Jan 10, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: Properly crafted romance, with all the necessary ingredients – adventure, love, passion, secrets, scheming – where the clever and brave and beautiful heroine of full 17 years decides to risk everything in order to save her true love. Zita rated it liked it Badbara 22, She lives the life of a rockstar with parties everyday, gambling, alcohol, drugs and multiple paramours, almost unapologetically.

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They confessed their love for each other after she’d recovered. Serena’s only friends are Eudora and the dog Torqo because all the servants are afraid of going against the wicked dowager.

She went on to cartlwnd myriad novels and earn legions of fans, she also wrote under her married name Barbara McCorquodale. This is the heroine, Serena: I think Amazon sells it for a ridiculous amount as it is old and hard to find.

That’s when she meets the hero. One of the most interesting characters here, Justin’ mother AKA, Snow White’s Stepmother who suffers from a mortal fear of losing her looks is one of the most intriguing books vamps I’ve ever come across.


I looked for this book for ages after watching the drama adaptation with Helena Bonham Carter and Marcus Gilbert. I recommend this sweet book that still has heart pounding intrigue.

With her freedom lost on the turn of a card, Serena is bound by a debt of honour to marry. There is evil here. That’s the heroine Lady Caroline de Faye of this story’s motto! Worse still, it seems that he went willingly, even deliberately to his death. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Delighted to find this replacement for my VHS copy. Eventually, the dowager learns that Serena has a dowry that her maternal grandfather left to her; it’s 80 pounds and the heroine’s gamblerholic late father couldn’t get his hands on it because of the legal stipulations in his father in law’s will. The movie and the book were not exactly the same! The issue of the marriage haerts put on hold for a while until they get to know each other better. It was a crazy amazing ride with this one.

Paperbackpages. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. After her mother died when Serena Staverley was just nine, her father, Sir Giles, indulged his deep passion for gambling, leaving his only child in charge of an impoverished household. After she escapes from Sir Montague, Caroline finds a dead body in the woods.

A Hazard of Hearts

Isabel was smitten and ran chasing after him! Share Facebook Twitter Pinterest.

A quick enjoyable read. As Staverley is distraught and desperate, Wrotham gives him one last chance – he will gamble everything Staverley has lost against Staverley’s daughter’s hand in marriage and her trust fund of 80, guineas. And in that moment Caroline understood the change in him. Stones were flying through the air, one after another they crashed against her, beating the Marchioness to her knees and then to the ground.


And then, don’t being able to face up, what he done, he shoot himself. In the book Barbara paints her as getting into everything, fortune tellers, drugs. Vane’s role in the book is largely to be a bit damsel-in-distress and intensely angsty and nasty at key points.

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The movie barbarq the opposite! It is not the best literary work in the world nor the most historically accurate e. Miller who’s also cousin Gervase’s lover bosses all the servants around since the H’s mother refuses to leave her bedchamber. She lost not only her home, but her father and herself. I could not believe, you see, that anyone could be so beautiful, so perfect as you – and come to me unsullied, unspoilt. I know they have not aged well especially the silly stuttering of the heroines but I choose to ignore that and remain in Read this novel and see the movie if you can as cartoand.

The world’s most famous romantic novelist, she also wrote autobiographies, biographies, health and cookery books, and stage plays and barbada an album of love songs. Miller ends up dead and the H’s biological parents can get their happy ending as well. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Or more modern writers whom give me enjoyment.