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Grand Affair Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Paperback edition (1 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553505009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553505009
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.7 x 10.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,285,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in rural Cornwall in the 1950s, Grand Affair is the captivating story of one young woman's struggle to overcome the obstacles of her past, and face the future with her last and final love.

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Unaware of the misery that surrounded her birth, for the first four years of her life all Ottilie Cartaret knows is love. And when her mother, Ma O'Flaherty, moves her family to what she believes will be rural bliss in St Elcombe in Cornwall, their fortunes seem set fair.

Tragedy strikes when Ma dies and young Ottilie soon finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings. Adopted by the Cartarets, the wealthy couple who run the Grand Hotel, she grows up pampered and spoilt, not only by her adoptive parents but by all the visitors - with the exception of their mysterious annual guest, nicknamed 'Blue Lady', with whom Ottilie is unknowingly and inextricably linked.

But as times change, and the regulars to the now decaying hotel die off, the Carterets find they are unable to adapt to modern ways. Only Ottilie has the means to save the Grand, even though she may sacrifice too much of herself before learning once again the power of love.

Award-winning novelist, Charlotte Bingham, has dazzled readers with an array of spellbinding bestsellers, including the highly acclaimed To Hear A Nightingale, Change of Heart and Debutantes. In Grand Affair, she presents a rich and romantic bittersweet love story that once more demonstrates her unique storytelling gift.


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Donna on 18 Mar 2001
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I "discovered" C. Bingham while trying to find something to read on my trip from London to the US. Of the 3 I've read so far this was my favorite. Ottilie goes from a happy childhood, to a cold, yet privleged, adopted home, and finally in her adulthood, to happiness again. I couldn't put it down as I followed her life. I only wish Ms. Bingham's works were more readily available in the U.S. She has displaced Maeve Binchy in my list of top 3 authors--but not quite surpassed Rosamunde Pilcher!
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This is such an excellent read that I recommended it to a friend who is a member of a book club and had to find a hard copy for her which I sourced (not very easily).
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady Jane on 29 Nov 2005
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Have read many of her books and enjoy the scenarios very much. Recommended.
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