58. The Keys Of Love - The Pink Collection

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When you are the sole heir of an English Lord who has made his fortune after striking oil in Texas, it is hard to know if the young men hotly pursuing you are in love with your beauty or your money. Declaring herself to be only interested in marrying a man who loves her for herself, Henrietta Radford is forced to flee Texas and return to England to escape the grasping hands of penniless fortune hunter, Prince Vasily. Beautiful, intelligent and brave, Henrietta chaperoned by her aging nanny, boards The Boston Queen bound for Liverpool under the assumed name of Harrietta Reed.Reveling in the freedom afforded by shrugging off the mantel of heiress, Henrietta quickly forms friendships with the unlikeliest of characters – and just as swiftly makes an enemy, in the shape of Lady Butterclere, a powerful society hostess intent on bettering herself and her protégé Miss Romany Foss. Entering into a pact with a talented but ruthless musician who will stop at nothing, including blackmail, to achieve his ambition to play for the Prince of Wales, Henrietta soon realises that she stands to lose her reputation and position in polite society forever if she is unmasked.Gazing towards the shores of England, Henrietta is overcome with the feeling that she is sailing towards her destiny and true love, shaped by a handsome stranger that haunts her dreams. But it is a destiny more fraught with danger than she could ever imagine, and Henrietta soon finds that her loyalties are tested to the limits as she struggles to keep her identity secret and her honour intact.Stalked by a dark figure from the past, her chances of future happiness threatened, Henrietta is faced with a choice that could cost her, and those she loves, dearly. "Barbara Cartland was the world’s most prolific novelist who wrote an amazing 723 books in her lifetime, of which no less than 644 were romantic novels with worldwide sales of over 1 billion copies and her books were translated into 36 different languages.As well as romantic novels, she wrote historical biographies, 6 autobiographies, theatrical plays and books of advice on life, love, vitamins and cookery.She wrote her first book at the age of 21 and it was called Jigsaw. It became an immediate bestseller and sold 100,000 copies in hardback in England and all over Europe in translation.Between the ages of 77 and 97 she increased her output and wrote an incredible 400 romances as the demand for her romances was so strong all over the world.She wrote her last book at the age of 97 and it was entitled perhaps prophetically The Way to Heaven. Her books have always been immensely popular in the United States where in 1976 her current books were at numbers 1 & 2 in the B. Dalton bestsellers list, a feat never achieved before or since by any author.Barbara Cartland became a legend in her own lifetime and will be best remembered for her wonderful romantic novels so loved by her millions of readers throughout the world, who have always collected her books to read again and again, especially when they feel miserable or depressed.Her books will always be treasured for their moral message, her pure and innocent heroines, her handsome and dashing heroes, her blissful happy endings and above all for her belief that the power of love is more important than anything else in everyone’s life."

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Date de parution 14 août 2012
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THE KEYS OF LOVE
BARBARA CARTLAND
www.barbaracartland.com
Copyright © 2009 by Cartland Promotions
First published on the internet in July 2009 by Barbaracartland.com
The characters and situations in this book are entirely imaginary and bear no relation to any real person or actual happening.
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THE KEYS OF LOVE
As soon as Romany was well out of earshot, Lady But terclere leaned menacingly towards Henrietta. “Now you just take heed, Miss Reed. I know your sort only too well. You intercepted that note. You aim to set your cap at the Duke and distract him from Romany. “I c-can assure you, such a thought was n-never on my mind. “Was it not? asked Lady Butterclere sarcastically. “Then would you explain to me why you were on your way to see the Dukein that provocative condition?For a moment, she was horribly confused. What did L ady Butterclere meanin that provocative condition? With dawning horror, she remembered that she had no t been able to hook up her dress she had rushed out of Kitty’s room without asking for help. Now she glanced into the mirror on the stairs and almost burst into tears at the sight that met her eyes. Her hair had come loose and now fell over her face untidily. Her dress had slipped off, exposing an alabaster shoulder and the tip of a heaving breast. What was more, she had forgotten to put on any stockings or shoes and was standing there in her bare feet. “Oh. Oh. Oh, she cried. “I should think so too, said Lady Butterclere with grim satisfaction. “You look like aa common harlot!
THEBARBARA CARTLAND PINK COLLECTION
Barbara Cartland was the most prolific bestselling author in the history of the world. She was frequently in the Guinness Book of Records for writing more books in a year than any other living author. In fact her most amazing literary feat was when her publishers asked for more Barbara Cartland romances, she doubled her output from 10 books a year to over 20 books a year, when she was 77. She went on writing continuously at this rate for 2 0 years and wrote her last book at the age of 97, thus completing 400 books between the ages o f 77 and 97. Her publishers finally could not keep up with this phenomenal output, so at her death she left 160 unpublished manuscripts, something again that no other author has ever achieved. Now the exciting news is that these 160 original unpublished Barbara Cartland books are ready for publication and they will be published by Barbaracartland.com exclusively on the internet, as the web is the best possible way to reach so many Barbara Cartland readers around the world. The 160 books will be published monthly and will be numbered in sequence. The series is called the Pink Collection as a tribu te to Barbara Cartland whose favourite colour was pink and it became very much her trademark over the years. The Barbara Cartland Pink Collection is published o nly on the internet. Log on to www.barbaracartland.com to find out how you can purchase the books monthly as they are published, and take out a subscription that will ensure that all subsequent editions are delivered to you by mail order to your home.
If you do not have access to a computer you can wri te for information about the Pink Collection to the following address : Barbara Cartland.com Ltd. 240 High Road, Harrow Weald, Harrow HA3 7BB United Kingdom. Telephone & fax: +44 (0)20 8863 2520
Titles in this series
These titles are currently available for download. 1. The Cross Of Love 2. Love In The Highlands 3. Love Finds The Way 4. The Castle Of Love 5. Love Is Triumphant 6. Stars In The Sky 7. The Ship Of Love 8. A Dangerous Disguise 9. Love Became Theirs 10. Love Drives In 11. Sailing To Love 12. The Star Of Love 13. Music Is The Soul Of Love 14. Love In The East 15. Theirs To Eternity 16. A Paradise On Earth 17. Love Wins In Berlin 18. In Search Of Love 19. Love Rescues Rosanna 20. A Heart In Heaven 21. The House Of Happiness 22. Royalty Defeated By Love 23. The White Witch 24. They Sought Love 25. Love Is The Reason For Living 26. They Found Their Way To Heaven 27. Learning To Love 28. Journey To Happiness 29. A Kiss In The Desert 30. The Heart Of Love 31. The Richness Of Love 32. For Ever And Ever 33. An Unexpected Love 34. Saved By An Angel 35. Touching The Stars 36. Seeking Love 37. Journey To Love 38. The Importance Of Love 39. Love By The Lake 40. A Dream Come True 41. The King Without A Heart 42. The Waters Of Love 43. Danger To The Duke 44. A Perfect Way To Heaven 45. Follow Your Heart 46. In Hiding 47. Rivals For Love 48. A Kiss From The Heart 49. Lovers In London 50. This Way To Heaven 51. A Princess Prays
52. Mine For Ever 53. The Earl’s Revenge 54. Love At The Tower 55. Ruled By Love 56. Love Came From Heaven 57. Love And Apollo 58. The Keys Of Love
THELATE DAME BARBARA CARTLAND
Barbara Cartland, who sadly died in May 2000 at the grand age of ninety eight, remains one of the world’s most famous romantic novelists. With worldwide sales of over one billion, her outstanding 723 books have been translated into thirty six different languages, to be enjoyed by readers of romance globally.
Writing her first book ‘Jigsaw’ at the age of 21, Barbara became an immediate bestseller. Building upon this initial success, she wrote continuously throughout her life, producing bestsellers for an astonishing 76 years. In addition to Barbara Cartland’s legion of fans in the UK and across Europe, her books have always been immensely popular in the USA. In 1976 she achieved the unprecedented feat of having books at numbers 1 & 2 in the prestigious B. Dalton Bookseller bestsellers list.
Although she is often referred to as the ‘Queen of Romance’, Barbara Cartland also wrote several historical biographies, six autobiographies and numerous theatrical plays as well as books on life, love, health and cookery. Becoming one of Britain's most popular media personalities and dressed in her trademark pink, Barbara spoke on radio and television about social and political issues, as well as making many public appearances.
In 1991 she became a Dame of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to literature and her work for humanitarian and charitable causes.
Known for her glamour, style, and vitality Barbara Cartland became a legend in her own lifetime. Best remembered for her wonderful romantic novels and loved by millions of readers worldwide, her books remain treasured for their heroic heroes, plucky heroines and traditional values. But above all, it was Barbara Cartland’s overriding belief in the positive power of love to help, heal and improve the quality of life for everyone that made her truly unique.
“We all seek love, but never never try too hard to find the keys of love, because love will find you in the end and often in the most unexpected way.
Barbara Cartland
CHAPTER ONE 1890
Henrietta Radford stifled the urge to yawn. Straight above the head of Count Majstorovic, who w as kneeling passionately in front of her, she could see her reflection in the mirror across the room. An eighteen-year old girl with long blonde tresses and sea-green eyes in a grey dress and pretty red boots. She gave a start as the Count suddenly grasped her hand and dragged it to his fervid lips. His minute kisses made her think of mosquito bites and she disengaged her hand with a barely disguised flinch. The Count looked at her questioningly. “You do not like me?” Henrietta swallowed. There was nothing at all particularly wrong with th e Count, but there was nothing particularly right either. His jowls quivered when he became heated and his hands were large and ungainly and the colour of smoked ham. And she did think that large sword he insisted on w earing as part of his Bulgarian Army costume was rather preposterous. He looked so like a figure from feudal Europe when this was Boston, United States of America, 1890! “Miss Radford, my cherub, won’t you answer me?” Henrietta sighed. “I’m so sorry, Count, but you see you are suitor nu mber four this week and I get rather muddled!” The Count bridled. “There are others?” “Oh, yes,” replied Henrietta mournfully. “Many.The Count rose majestically. “Then I salute you and withdraw. When a young lady does not see the virtue of a Bulgarian, she is blind!” The Count bowed, clicked his heels and was gone. Henrietta had been living in America for two and a half years, but it was only in the last months that she had been able to purchase some superb items for her wardrobe. She gave another sigh and leaned back in her chair. Despite the pleasure of such luxuries as handmade boots, she had grown tired of life in Boston. She missed England and her home there, Lushwood Manor, even though she and father had left it under very sad circumstances. Lushwood had once been a beacon for elegance and gaiety. Many lavish balls were held there when old Lord Radford Henrietta’s grandfather was alive. She recalled creeping out of the nursery in order to gaze down through the banisters of the great stairway at the guests arriving. Lords and La dies, Dukes and Duchesses, Counts and Countesses. She remembered one night in particular. Her mother was playing French airs on the piano in the drawing room and the sound drifted into the hall where a young man had just arrived late and was in the process of removing his cape.