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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I gather I’m just cynical. She could run, or she could bow to the will of the brooding stranger who held her father’s debt.

Though a little different from the movie, which I expected, it was a wonderful story of love and intrigue. The appalling answer is presented by her much-loved cousin Nicholas who suddenly proposes marriage – to save Serena from a terrible fate – Sir Giles has not only lost the Staverley estate on the turn of a card, but he has also gambled away the hand in marriage of his lovely daughter, along with her eighty thousand pounds inheritance all in a last desperate bet to try and best his arch-rival at the tables, Lord Vulcan.

She also finds out that her heart beats much faster, when she is next to Justin. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x By far the best Barbara Cartland I read.

She ends up being hazarc to an inn but escapes before he can carry her off to Gretna Green and marry her by force. Julia M Ryan rated it really liked it Nov 29, Yes her own words! Staverley agrees and loses once again, but unable to face his daughter, Serena, he kills himself.

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I had just started to discover the romance genre as a young teen, so imagine how thrilled I cartlqnd that there were film adaptations of some of Barbara Cartland’s romances! The heroine’s arrival at the dismal castle infuriates Mrs Miller who is immediately jealous of the beautiful and confident Caroline, whom bxrbara thinks is just a commoner called Caroline Fry: Share your thoughts with other customers.

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And let me say, she was on my shit list from the moment, when she decided to earn some money on expense of Serena. Jul 18, Ivy H rated it really liked it Shelves: Isobel is the widowed sister of the Heartx best friend and she’s obsessed with getting Justin to propose to her.

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Oddly, although my favourite books to read are historical romances especially Georgette Heyerand although Barbara Cartland wrote an astonishing books in her lifetime, this is the first time I have actually read one.

I would re-read it every year. Fortunately, Serena manages to escape from Lord Wrotham and Justin discovers that cartlamd dearest mommy is a ratty old bitch.

A really unusual effort for Dame Barbara. I’m totally into BDSM” way this is a mainstream novel from It was bad enough that you should contrive at the seduction of an innocent girl, a child whom I entrusted to your care because I believed that with all your faults you were at least a gentlewoman.


A Hazard Of Hearts. I cannot bear any more.

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One thing I like about Cartland’s books is her stories always have historical background. Dec 07, Zsuzsanna rated it really liked it Shelves: In the book Justin had to gamble and win funds to fill the bottomless pit that was his mother! And later, when she found he was in danger of his life, she left the glamorous whirl of an heiress to find the one man who haunted her dreams. John HoughAlbert Cart,and Format: Worse still, it seems that he went willingly, even cargland to his death.

There is a movie and it’s available at Amazon. Dec 11, Hearte rated it really liked it Shelves: And Lord Vulcan so dreamy and such a perfect gentleman although a bit aloof and not very trusting. Rescued by Lord Vane Brecon, she conceals her true identity, but secretly swears to repay him.

My main complaint is that it needs a copy editor in the worst way. The H ended up going from being a mere Baron of a dismal and gothic horror castle to being the new and richer Viscount Sherringham!