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Desire of the heart [Paperback]

Barbara Cartland


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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The plot is fantastic, but the " 25 July 2014
By SandyC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Cinderella aspect of this story appealed to me. I must have first read this book in the late 70s or early 80s, and it's the one Barbara Cartland book that I've kept. The plot is fantastic, but the "..." that all BC heroines seem to speak with don't deter from how well this all comes together in the end. It was nice as well to see that the moral dilemma was addressed just before Drogo and Desiree slept together when he had no idea that she was actually his wife, Cornelia. He's not such a hero, but I loved her makeover and the way she kept him dangling as Desiree. Renee was an interesting character; I really wanted to know more about her!
5.0 out of 5 stars Familiar plot but still fun 19 Oct 2013
By K. Scoles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
How funny, I too read this book 40 years ago at the impressionable age of 16. What I remembered about it all these years was how deliciously ridiculous it was that a man would think that the perfect way to be with his married beloved, Lily was to marry someone else, who would (unknowingly,) act as camouflage to disguise his illicit affaire. When he leaves on the required honeymoon he is actually more sulky than broken hearted. Like the thwarted child he is, he proceeds to spend his evenings in Paris seeing to his own entertainment while neglecting his new wife with complete unconcern. I have no idea what she sees in him, but she decides to try to make him fall in love with her. Since he barely knows her and has never seen her except in dark glasses as well as clothing and a hairstyle that make her look frumpy, he does not recognize her as Desiree, dressed and made up in with styles that suit her skin and figure. My favorite parts are, firstly, when he brings her a diamond bracelet - the same day he brought her (as his wife,) an inexpensive little trinket that he bought at the same jewelry store...you can imagine her indignation. And secondly, when he has discovered the truth and swears he will love her forever. She asks him how he can be sure when a month earlier he thought he was in love with Lily and a few days earlier he thought he was in love with Desiree...you can imagine his chagrin!
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen of Pink at Her Glorious Elliptic Best 28 Feb 2013
By CJP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What can I say? Barbara Cartland makes me laugh. I haven't picked up one of her books in 40 years, but the recent flap about Hilary Mantel and the Duchess of Cambridge made me remember this one and, lo and behold, I found it secondhand on Amazon.com. It arrived within the week, good as new and just as hilarious as I remembered. Cornelia, an Anglo-Irish heiress, marries Drogo, Duke of Roehampton, who's really in love with Lady Lily. Cornelia wears dark glasses to hide her anger, so when she pops up later masquerading as a Parisian courtesan, Drogo doesn't recognize her. And if that doesn't have you laughing your socks off, try the final page: "'I will not ... want ... to escape...'" Cornelia whispered."

Yes, indeed, 723 books published, 160 yet to be released, and dozens of ellipses in every one. Be still, my beating heart!
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