The Hardie Inheritance

The Hardie Inheritance

Anne Melville

Anne Melville

This third novel in the Hardie series sees Grace Hardie choosing to stay out if the marriage race. Instead, she devotes her time to her work as a sculptor, living in Greystones, the mansion she has inherited but can no longer afford to maintain in the style it deserves. Her mother and brother are the only companions in her narrow existence.Then, one summer day in 1932, four uninvited guests arrive from the outside world.Lord Rupert Beverley has discovered that the Hardies are linked to his family by marriage. Andy Frith, the gardener's son who was Grace's childhood sweetheart, returns from France to see his dying father. Ellis Faraday, the son of the architect who designed Greystones, calls for permission to photograph his father's first major work. And with him he brings Trish, his charming young daughter.The arrival of the four together will change Grace's life for unexpected happiness, wealth and fulfilment follow. But so too do family squabbles and difficult...
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Grace Hardie

Grace Hardie

Anne Melville

Anne Melville

In the summer of 1898, the Marquess of Ross travels to Oxford seeking reconciliation with his only granddaughter, Lucy. On meeting her children for the first and last time, the old man's love goes out to the tiny asthmatic baby girl. This is Grace Hardie and for her he will build an English palace. Grace grows up in her fairy tale home filled with sunshine and laughter and is secure in the love of her family. But even before the horrors of the Great War, two domestic tragedies on the same day cast Grace into a sea of guilt and grief.Grace Hardie, first published in 1988, is a poignant story of one woman's struggle for redemption, for love and for an understanding of her own role in life. It is the beautiful and moving sequel to The House of Hardie.
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Lorimers at War

Lorimers at War

Anne Melville

Anne Melville

Volume Three of the dramatic saga of the Lorimer Family Scattered by War, but the Lorimer saga continues... The ball which Lord and Lady Glanville give for the 21st birthday of their nephew Brinsley Lorimer is a glittering social occasion in their country house, Blaize. But the year is 1914 and the telegram which summons Brinsley from the dance floor to the Western Front heralds the scattering of the Lorimer family. While Brinsley's 23-year-old sister Kate goes to Serbia to work as a doctor, Dr Margaret Lorimer converts her sister's opera house at Blaize into a military hospital. Only after the war ends is Margaret able to look into the future with hope for those of the younger generation who have survived... Lorimers at War is the third engrossing novel in the series which chronicles the lives and fortunes of the Lorimer family from the 1870's to the 1940's.
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The Lorimer Legacy

The Lorimer Legacy

Anne Melville

Anne Melville

Volume Two of the dramatic saga of the Lorimer Family A Legacy may be of great value and still bring bad luck... Although Margaret Lorimer has made her own way as a doctor, she does not at all approve of the ambitions of her beautiful young ward Alexa. Being an opera singer is considered a disreputable career for a young lady. But Alexa has inherited a superb voice from her Italian mother, and is determined to have her way, even if it means travelling abroad. And she has also inherited a legacy from the father she never knew - a legacy which will bring her no happiness. The Lorimer Legacy is the un-put-downable second volume in the Lorimer series which chronicles the lives and fortunes of this vibrant family from the 1870s to the 1940s.
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The House of Hardie

The House of Hardie

Anne Melville

Anne Melville

Midge and Gordon Hardie were the children of a respected Oxford vintner, but however charming his upper-crust customers were, the Hardies remained no more than prosperous trades-people. Midge wanted more. She wanted the rewards that her intelligence should bring – and the sensual pleasures that an affair with a young aristocrat seemed to offer. Gordon's love was botany – and travel. He yearned to break free of the cosiness of Oxford and travel to Tibet and China, in search of the rare specimens that seemed to stand for all the distinction he missed in his background.The House of Hardie, first published in 1987, is a sparkling story of Victorian love, ambition and loss – a gripping start to Anne Melville's fine new saga of a British family's fortunes.
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The Lorimer Line

The Lorimer Line

Anne Melville

Anne Melville

Volume One of the dramatic saga of the Lorimer Family The Lorimers are one of the richest and most powerful Bristol families... When Margaret Lorimer, daughter of the autocratic chairman of Lorimer's Bank, asks her father if she can marry a comparatively humble young Scot, he does not put up the resistance she was expecting. Indeed, John Junius Lorimer has plans for David Gregson which involve a dramatic change in his circumstances. But John Junius's plans are more complicated, and more risky, than they seem on the surface. The Lorimer Line is the enthralling first volume in the sequence which chronicles the lives and fortunes of the Lorimer family from the 1870s to the 1940s.
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