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Barbara Cartland


When their father, the Duke of Northallerton, offers his daughter Caroline's hand in marriage to his neighbour, the Duke of Lynchester, purely as a means of settling once and for all an ancient land dispute, she is appalled.
Not only because she does not love the Duke but also because she is already madly in love with another, the charming and handsome Edward Dalkirk.
Desperate to help her older sister, the aptly named young 'elfin' beauty, Lady Elfa Allerton, secretly waylays the Duke of Lynchester in his chaise and begs him to marry her instead and to leave her sister free for the man who she truly loves and adores.
Elfa from her childhood is fascinated by woods and goes to a wood to talk to the trees and immerses herself in the magic all around her and in times of difficulty she prays to the God of trees, Sylvanos, for his help and guidance and he always helps her.
Something about this young woman, Elfa, fascinates the Duke and reluctantly he agrees to do as she asks of him.
And despite the constant attentions of Society beauty, Isobel, the Countess of Walshingham, who is determined to keep him for herself, the Duke finds himself becoming enchanted by Elfa's quiet intelligence, innocence and beauty — just as she is spellbound by him.
153 printed pages
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Barbara Cartland Ebooks Ltd.
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  • Cris Loshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    🙈Lost On Me
    🔮Hidden Depths
    💞Loved Up

    So beautifully written. I had to read it in one sitting. I will think about Elfa & Silvanus, for a long time to come. ✨

  • femy bintartoshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading

  • Karinashared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💞Loved Up


  • Cris Lohas quoted2 years ago
    She surrendered herself to him, melting against him, feeling the beat of his heart on hers with his mouth holding her captive.

    Then there was only love and the soft lap of the sea.
  • Cris Lohas quoted2 years ago
    There was the scent of flowers, but it was not only of their fragrance that he was aware but that everything around them from the earth to the trees was living and breathing and he could feel their life pulsating through him.
  • Cris Lohas quoted2 years ago
    Then the light that came from them both was as dazzling as the moonlight and their love lifted them up to the stars.

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