Greatheart (Annotated, Romance)

Greatheart (Annotated, Romance)

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by Ethel Dell
     
 

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This Ethel Dell romance has been enhanced for your ebook reading pleasure. We've taken pains to remove ebook formatting errors in the source material. This book includes the following:

- expert formatting for optimal display on your Nook or Nook app
- a hyperlinked table of contents
- cover art from the original novel
- a bibliography of Ethel…  See more details below

Overview

This Ethel Dell romance has been enhanced for your ebook reading pleasure. We've taken pains to remove ebook formatting errors in the source material. This book includes the following:

- expert formatting for optimal display on your Nook or Nook app
- a hyperlinked table of contents
- cover art from the original novel
- a bibliography of Ethel Dell's fiction
- a short biography of Ethel Dell
- a filmography of Ethel Dell's many works that were made into movies
- two sample chapters from another Ethel Dell novel

SYNOPSIS

In this must-read romance from Ethel Dell full of sparkling dialog at times reminiscient of Oscar Wilde, the heroine Olga Ratcliffe is the beloved niece of Nick Ratcliffe, the same Nick Ratcliffe who was the hero of Ethel Dell's first book "The Way of the Eagle". This tale of love will lead the reader down a long and winding road full of confusion and doubt. Olga's story, shocking for its time, grapples with themes of romantic love, deep friendship between woman, opium dependency, euthanasia, and more. Along the way a series of men come into her life all with the desire to be her husband, but it is unclear who will win her hand.

Major Hunt Goring, a man old enough to be her father with a highly successful yet despicable reputation with women, will try every trick in the book to get Olga to agree to be his wife. Blackmail, drugs and lies are his tactics. Will his ceaseless trickery wear Olga down and defeat her in the end?

The two Wyndham brothers vye for her hand. Max, a brilliant doctor, torments her with teasing and keeps Olga on edge. There is something in those unforgettable piercing green eyes of his that she can not free herself from, even in her dreams. And Max knows her secret, one she herself is unable to remember.

Young Noel Wyndham is the opposite of Max. A soldier by trade he is handsome, charming, light-hearted and sincere. He meets Olga when she travels to India just when she needs a friend. Will his youthful energy and devotion to her make her happy? Can he help her overcome the nightmares she doesn't understand? Read, find out and enjoy!

EXCERPT

"But this man hasn't got any manners at all," objected Olga. "And he's so horribly satirical. It's like having a stinging-nettle in the house. I believe—just because he's clever in his own line—that he's been spoilt. As if everybody couldn't do something!"

"Ah! That's the point," said Nick sententiously. "Everybody can, but it isn't everybody who does. Now this young man apparently knows how to make the most of his opportunities. He plays a rattling hand at bridge, by the way."

"I wonder if he cheats," said Olga. "I'm sure he's quite unscrupulous."

Nick turned his head, and surveyed her from under his restless eyelids. "I begin to think you must be falling in love with the young man," he observed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013983281
Publisher:
VRB
Publication date:
02/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Ethel Dell lived a quiet existence in early twentieth century England and was known to be extremely shy, yet she managed to be a bestselling author of over thirty engaging romance novels and other works, and many of her books were made into movies, nearly all of them silent films.

Born in a suburb of London in 1881 to a middle-class family, she was the youngest of three children. At a young age she began to write passionate stories of romance and love set in exotic locales belonging to the British Colonial Empire and was published in popular magazines. It became a game among her cousins to count up the number of times she used the words passion, tremble, pant, and thrill.

Her first novel, The Way of an Eagle, was rejected by eight publishers. Finally, in 1912, publisher T. Fisher Unwin bought the book for their First Novel Library. In three years The Way of an Eagle went through thirty printings. Ethel Dell had launched her career. At the height of her career she was earning 20,000 to 30,000 pounds a year -- a fortune in those days.

At the age of 40 she married a soldier, Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Savage. The New York Times printed this notice of her engagement: “The elusive Ethel M. Dell, bane of her publisher's existence because of her aversion to publicity, has come out of hiding long enough to announce her engagement.” This was the only public announcement she ever made. She never talked to the press.

Her husband resigned his military commission and devoted himself to his wife and guarded her privacy. She wrote until the end of her life when she died of cancer at the age of fifty-eight.

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