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Return to Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
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Road to the Harbour, The, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
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Never Too Late, THIRKELL, Angela
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201 6533 MITFORD, Nancy Don't Tell Alfred
Hardcover Hamish Hamilton: London; 1960; First British Edition 248 pages Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper 
Corners and spine ends bumped, pastedowns and free endpapers foxed, text block edges lightly soiled and foxed. Previous owner gift inscription on front free endpaper. Light spine crease does not damage binding, long rear board crease extends to rear pastedown, spine ends and bottom corners bumped; interior pages pale yellow but clean. Dust wrapper, price cut, is a Cecil Beaton design. Edgeworn with a few chips and short closed tears; white rear panel lightly soiled. ; We meet again some of Mitford's most delightful characters. "When Alfred is suddenly posted to Paris as ambassador, Fanny must manage the huge ambassador's residence. Troubles begin at once when the previous ambassador's wife refuses to leave, setting up a rival salon across the courtyard." 
Price: 16.75 USD
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Love in a Cold Climate, MITFORD, Nancy
202 7331 MITFORD, Nancy Love in a Cold Climate
Hardcover Folio Society: London; c1949, 1992; First Edition Thus 242 pages Near Fine 
This delightful edition has an introduction by Pauline Tennant and seventeen black and white plates by Roland Pym. Wonderful wraparound pictorial binding, clean, no binding problems. A lovely copy. No dust wrapper as issued, publisher's slipcase lightly soiled and sunned at edges.; "Love in a Cold Climate" is the sequel to, and has the same narrator as "The Pursuit of Love". Fanny's tale turns to Polly Hampton, the outstandingly beautiful, wealthy daughter of Lady Montdore, Lady Montdore's devoted attendant, Boy Dougdale--the Lecherous Lecturer, and the Canadian cousin of the Montdore's, Cedric. It is a tale of sly poking fun, charm, and absorption. Polly is a contemporary of Fanny and Linda's, with even fewer choices to pursue in the game of love and marriage. Like "The Pursuit of Love", this novel is robust in the amazing supporting cast, with the charmingly eccentric Uncle Davey at the forefront. Basis for the 1980 and the 2001 television mini-series.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS, and AT email discussion list and by several others. This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. 'I have 3 copies of Love in a Cold Climate now...' Nancy Mitford is listed on Scott's (author of the 'Furrowed Middlebrow' blog) 'Middlebrow Starter Kit'. Images are of actual copy on offer. 
Price: 28.95 USD
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Pale as the Dead, MOUNTAIN, Fiona
203 7072 MOUNTAIN, Fiona Pale as the Dead
Hardcover St. Martin's Minotaur: NY; c2002, 2004; First US Edition 278 pages Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Black remainder dot top textblock edge, tiny mark on fore-edge, very lightly bumped spine ends. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A nice copy.; The first book in the mystery series featuring genealogist / ancestor detective Natasha Blake. 'Pale as the Dead deals with the mysterious death of Lizzie Siddal, a real and fascinating historical figure whose beauty and tragic life have made her into a legend.' (She was the model for the painting featured on the dust wrapper.) 'Lizzie's death has always been shrouded in mystery. She is perhaps best known for the macabre story that tells of her husband, the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, having her coffin dug up to retrieve some poems he had buried with her. When the coffin was opened, Lizzie was said to be as beautiful as the day she died. Pale as the Dead is the story of how the disappearance of a young girl, Bethany, appears to be linked in some way to Lizzie Siddal. Natasha is hired by the missing girl's lover, Adam, whose own life seems to have plenty of dark shadows. An old diary and a famous graveyard lead Natasha into more danger than she bargains for - some people will do anything to keep a secret.'; Recommended by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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204 3993 NEELS, Betty Girl with Green Eyes, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Harlequin Press: NY; 1991; First Edition Thus Very Good+  
189 pages; No spine or cover creases, very light edgewear and rubbing. A nice copy. Harlequin Romance #3105; 'Unlike her two sisters, Lucy was happier at home if only she could find Mr. Right to share it with! But when she had almost given up her search for such a man, the eminent pediatrician William Thurloe came into her life. Attractive and dynamic, he was the answer to her dreams. But why would he be interested in her when the glamorous Fiona made it clear she was also available?'; Recommended by Lenore D. and her mother.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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205 3063 NESBIT, E. Phoenix and the Carpet
Softcover; Mass Market PB Watermill Press: Mahwah, NJ; 1988; Very Good  
219 pages; Faint spine and cover creases and very light edgewear. Clean pages a bit browned, not brittle or loose. ; The delightful sequel to Five Children and It and basis for the fim and mini-series of the same name. Of course, the carpet in the title is a magic carpet that takes the children on many exciting adventures.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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206 1376 Nicolson, Nigel Portrait of a Marriage: V. Sackville-West & Harold Nicolson
Softcover; Trade PB Atheneum: New York; (1973)1980; Book Club Edition Very Good  
B&W Photographs; 249 pages; No spine creases, cover corners slightly curled, light edgewear. ; Using letters and diaries the author gives us an account of his parents' unconventional and ultimately successful marriage. The first section of the book is Sackville-West's memoir of her passionate affair with Violet Keppel Trefusis. Recommended.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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Phoebe Junior, OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret]
207 7183 OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret] Phoebe Junior
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1876, 1989; 341 pages Very Good 
Horizontal tear at faintly creased spine does not damage binding, covers creased and a bit edgeworn. Page edges pale yellow as often seen in Virago editions; interior pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald.; Our last visit to Carlingford. They are "wonderful comedies of Victorian provincial society."; This series highly recommended by the blogger 'Desperate Reader'. This author also recommended by Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Salem Chapel, OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret]
208 7113 OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret] Salem Chapel
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1863, 1986; 461 pages Very Good- 
Spine lightly creased, covers creased and a bit edgeworn. Pages yellowed as often seen in Virago editions, edges a bit darker and soiled, bottom edges wavy; interior pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald.; The second volume in the 'Chronicles of Carlingford'. They are "wonderful comedies of Victorian provincial society."; This series highly recommended by the blogger 'Desperate Reader'. This author also recommended by Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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The Rector and The Doctor's Wife, OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret]
209 7093 OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret] The Rector and The Doctor's Wife
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1863, 1986; 192 pages Very Good 
Spine faintly creased, covers a bit edgeworn. Page edges yellowed as seen often in Virago editions; pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald.; This first volume in the "Chronicles of Carlingford' are a short story and novella. They introduce us (as well as the new rector and a new doctor) to the small town of Carlingford. The 'Chronicles of Carlingford' are "wonderful comedies of Victorian provincial society."; ' "The Rector" and "The Doctor's Family" can be compared with [Trollope's] "The Warden" & "Barsetshire Towers" in the way they set up the themes [of Church and society] & characters of the whole series.'-Lyn B.This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. This author also recommended by Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group and by the blogger 'Desperate Reader'. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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Cardington Crescent : a Victorian Murder Mystery , Perry, Anne
210 1317 Perry, Anne Cardington Crescent : a Victorian Murder Mystery
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1987; First US Edition 314 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
Signed by Author; A lovely copy. Spine ends bumped; unclipped dust wrapper has light creasing at spine head and faint edgewear. ; Dated, inscribed and signed by the author "To ___, With very best wishes, Sincerely Anne Perry" on the front free endpaper. ; Click here to see an image of this book.  
Price: 97.75 USD
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211 1326 Perry, Anne Dangerous Mourning
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1991; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
330 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; Another Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War. The author once again demonstrates her "keen understanding of Victorian manners and mores. "  
Price: 16.75 USD
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212 1328 Perry, Anne Defend and Betray
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1992; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
385 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; The third Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is again assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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213 910 PERRY, Anne Silence in Hanover Close
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1988; First US Edition 341 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
Spine ends bumped, text block edges have very light soil. Interior pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is edgeworn and rubbed with a few creases. ; 'Anne Perry's Victorian-era mysteries starring crusty, low-brow Inspector Pitt and his well-born wife, Charlotte, have proved a steady delight for mystery mavens, history buffs, and Anglophiles. Now, Inspector Pitt is back, searching for the killer of a Foreign Office employee. Not even Charlotte can help him when the trail leads to the homes of rich people protecting their own!'; Recommended by Tom J. of the ATS and AT email discussion list.  
Price: 52.50 USD
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Three Complete Mysteries; Crocodile on the Sandbank, The Curse of the Pharaohs, The Mummy Case, PETERS, Elizabeth
214 6779 PETERS, Elizabeth Three Complete Mysteries; Crocodile on the Sandbank, The Curse of the Pharaohs, The Mummy Case
Hardcover Barnes & Noble Books: NY; 1993; Second Printing 599 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped, cloth at spine tail faintly worn, light vertical crease on spine does not damage binding. Page edges pale yellow with a few faint smudges; interior pages clean. Dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, faintest soil to white portion of rear panel. A nice copy.; The first three titles in this wonderful series featuring Amelia Peabody, a detective and archaeologist in Victorian England. On this delightful and intrepid archaeologist's first visit to Egypt she meets the Emerson brothers and foils villians, a mummy, and a kidnap attempt. Highly recommended.; Will not fit safely in an int'l priority envelope. Recommended by Jerri C. of the ATS and the AT and DES email discussion groups. Book matches sample image. 
Price: 42.50 USD
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215 3609 PETERS, Ellis [Edith Pargeter] Black is the Colour of My True-Love's Heart
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Wm Morrow And Co.: New York; 1967; Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
221 pages; Spine ends bumped and worn; corners worn to boards. Page edges age yellowed, interior pages clean. Dust wrapper extremities edgeworn with a few tiny chips, a tiny hole in front panel, white rear panel is age browned. ; One of the Inspector Felse mysteries, this novel features murder at a folk music festival. ; Recommended by Jerri C. of the AT and DES email discussion groups. "Sixth in the series. This book skillfully combines the world of folk music with a murder mystery. Although Inspector Felse is the official detective, major characters in the book are his teenage son Dominic and Dominic's girlfriend since they are attending the folk music program at which mysterious happenings occur. A very good book by the author of the Brother Cadfael mysteries. "  
Price: 9.75 USD
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216 3939 PETERS, Ellis [Edith Pargeter] Holy Thief, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Mysterious Press: New York; c1992, 1994; Very Good  
237 pages; Spine and cover creases, spine a bit curved, light edgewear, page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Number nineteen in the Brother Cadfael series takes place in Shrewsbury, England during the autumn of 1144. Rising flood waters and visiting monks endanger the abbey's sacred relic, the remains of Saint Winifred. ; This series recommended by Sally C. and by Jerri C. of the AT and DES email discussion lists. ; Brother Cadfael  
Price: 4.00 USD
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217 3772 PILCHER, Rosamunde Another View
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell: New York; c1968,1989; Reprint Very Good-  
263 pages; Spine and cover creases, edgewear, pages yellowed, previous owner name on first advert page; interior pages clean, none loose. ; 'Having lost her mother at childbirth, Emma Litton has spent all of her life struggling to guarantee a place in her artist father's life. After spending much of her adult life in Paris as a nanny, she returns to England to settle into her father's studio at the Cornish seaside. ' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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218 946 PILCHER, Rosamunde Blue Bedroom and Other Stories
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: New York; c1985,1990; Reprint Very Good  
288 pages; Light spine creases, a bit of edgewear and rubbing, text block edges yellowing, no loose pages. ; 'Pilcher's writing always feels like a soft chair after a hard day. Her plots and characters offer insights into the human condition with grace and tenderness. These short stories explore themes such as the death of a loved one, overcoming prejudice, understanding children, and appreciating one's spouse. Each story ends on a note of love, faith, understanding or hope.'- (c)AudioFile, Portland, ME  
Price: 4.25 USD
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219 4512 PILCHER, Rosamunde Carousel, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: NY; c1982, 1986; Very Good  
184 pages; Faint spine and cover creases, light edgewear, a nice copy.; ' Prue Shackleton is twenty-three, beautiful and restless. Her job is challenging, her relationship with a successful banker is safe, secure--and boring. When her eccentric Aunt Phoebe invites her to Cornwall, Prue loses no time is setting out for its bright landscapes and salt air. A chance meeting with the attractive artist Daniel Cassens leads to endless idyllic days exploring the beaches and meadows. But something is troubling Daniel and Prue is determined to find out what it is.'  
Price: 4.75 USD
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220 5214 PILCHER, Rosamunde Coming Home
Hardcover St Martins Press: NY; 1995; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
728 pages; Spine ends faintly bumped, a few smudge marks to top page edges, otherwise a lovely copy. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has very light edgewear.; From Booklist 'The book's heroine is Judith Dunbar, who is a schoolgirl of 13 when the tale begins in 1935. Sent to boarding school in Cornwall because her parents are posted to Singapore, Judith becomes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis, who introduces her to a family and an estate, Nancherrow, that is to influence her for the rest of her life. Pilcher does a marvelous job of describing life in England before World War II. Readers, especially Anglophiles, will adore the care Pilcher gives to setting her scenes, decorating them with everything from Cornish wildflowers to china dogs to particular tartan plaids. The same care is evident later in the tale, as Pilcher chronicles the changes brought by the war to the fabric of British life. As Judith makes her way to adulthood in the midst of great wealth, great tragedy, and, naturally, romance, Pilcher effectively balances the demands of plot with the pleasures of revisiting a different place and time.'  
Price: 9.75 USD
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221 944 PILCHER, Rosamunde Day of the Storm
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Publishing: New York; c1975,1989; Very Good  
264 pages; Light edgewear and spine creases, a nice copy.; 'We revisit the lives of some of the author's earlier characters, artist Grenville Bayliss and his family, this time from the point of view of the artist's granddaughter. When Rebecca Bayliss' dying mother reveals to her the existence of a family Rebecca knew nothing about, she is determined to find them--and is soon deeply enmeshed in relationship s torn by passion, greed and an old family mystery. " ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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222 4463 PILCHER, Rosamunde End of Summer, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell: New York; c1971,1989; Reprint Very Good+  
233 pages; No spine or cover creases, faint edgewear, page edges lightly yellowed; covers and pages clean. A very nice copy.; 'Sitting on a California beach at summer's ends, Jane Marsh thought back to her childhood at the estate called Elvie in a remote corner of Scotland. She remembered not only the heather-covered hills and lonesome loch, but her grandmother... and, of course, Sinclair. She had secretly dreamed of marrying rakishly handsome Sinclair and settling at Elvie forever. Now an urgent visit from her grandmother's lawyer would become the catalyst for her return to Scotland...' ; This author recommended by Anne L. and several other members of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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223 3062 PILCHER, Rosamunde Flowers in the Rain and other Stories
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: NY; c1991,1992; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
305 pages; Spine creases, light edgewear, a nice copy.; Sixteen stories of love, heartbreak, marriage, relationships and romance. ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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224 948 PILCHER, Rosamunde Under Gemini
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Publishing: New York; c1976,1989; Reprint Very Good  
297 pages; Spine creases, light edgewear. ; 'Every family hides something, but Flora Waring discovered a devastating deception in hers. At twenty-two she learned she had an identical twin, Rose, who lived with the mother Flora didn't remember at all. And when Flora ended up impersonating the high-spirited, spoiled Rose, she would have to face how cruel lies can be. When she agreed to accompany Rose's fiance to meet his grandmother in a picturesque town on the Scottish coast, she would quickly fall in love with the lush green countryside, the Armstrong family, and a rare, wonderful man. But she would also confront Rose's shocking secrets and a betrayal that could break her heart. ' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 5.50 USD
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225 951 PILCHER, Rosamunde Voices in Summer
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: New York; c1984,1986; Reprint Very Good  
276 pages; Sunned spine is creased, covers have a bit of edgewear; no loose pages.; Newly married, shy, and recovering from illness, Laura Haverstock is unable to join her husband on his annual trip to Scotland. Instead she goes to his family's cottage on the Cornish coast to recuperate and eventually to learn more about his family and herself. ' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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