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Eleanor Farnes vintage Harlequin author

Updated on April 4, 2012

Early Harlequin author

Eleanor Farnes is an English writer and wrote romances for Mills and Boon, beginning in the 1930's. She started to write after marrying and having 2 children. Many of her books are set in her native England, but since she traveled extensively in Europe, many of her books are also set in European countries. Some of her Mills and Boon romances were later published as Harlequin Romances and those titles are listed with descriptions below.

But quite a few of her Mills and Boons titles were not republished as Harlequins and those titles are listed at the bottom of this site.

I am slowly reading all the vintage Harlequins and as I do I will add details to the descriptions in bold.

487 HAPPY ENTERPRISE

ENGLISH ROMANCE

When Mike Patterson went back to England to see the village where his father had been born, he was full of the ideas -- and, it must be admitted, prejudices -- natural to a highly successful Canadian business man. At first he hadn't much patience with Beech Hampden, its "great house" and its unprogressive, inefficient ways. But he grew to appreciate the beauty of the place, to understand its values ... and he fell in love with an English girl. In the course of an enchanted holiday in Italy he told her so, only to find that his own money, buying the impoverished estate, had enabled the struggling young English heir to become engaged to her. All his life Mike had been accustomed to getting what he wanted. Was he going to fail in this most important want of all? Stephanie Gifford lives in the village. She eventually goes to work for Mike on the estate, it is to become a school.

722 SONG OF SUMMER

SHIPBOARD ROMANCE

(doctor's orders)When Pat Fenley boarded the liner Walhara to take a young patient to Ceylon, she didn't expect to find that the patient would be in grave danger

753 A CHANGE OF HEART

(Dr. Max)Through Dr. Max Hartland’s friendship and her work at the school for maladjusted children, Katrina’s grief was subsiding. Then she discovered that Dr. Max Hartland was involved in the accident that killed her fiancé on the eve of their wedding!

806 GOLDEN PEAKS

EUROPEAN ROMANCE

An adventurous mountaineer, a wealthy Englishman, and a fragile adolescent complicate the life of Celia.in this exciting romance set in Switzerland .

912 THE DREAM AND THE DANCER

Sara Mervyn was a rising young ballet star. The ballet with its hard work and discipline, its triumphs and disappointments, absorbed her whole life, leaving no time for love or marriage, or so she thought.

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942 THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

EUROPEAN ROMANCE

When Andre Savary, a bachelor and by no means an old one, found himself responsible for the upbringing of three orphaned nieces, he decided that they must have someone to look after them, make a home for them and see that they did not forget their English--their mother's language. And that is how Lorna Darwell came to be installed in the spacious Savary villa on the shores of the beautiful lake of Lugano. There, and in their chalet in the Alps, she learned to feel a real and deep affection for the girls, and her care for their welfare proved to be a key that unlocked the door to her own happiness.

975 SISTER OF THE HOUSEMASTER

ENGLISH ROMANCE

A boys' public school, set in a pleasant old cathedral town, is the background for this charming story of Ingrid Southbrook, who came to keep house for her brother during his wife's illness.Sylvia Southbrook also had a brother, rather celebrity, and Ingrid had no doubt that he would be a selfish and disagreeable as Sylvia herself. But Ingrid would have been surprised to know that her meeting with Patrick was destined to change the whole course of her life.

Sylvia hurt her leg and needs help for several weeks. Sylvia is very cynical about everything and Ingrid assumes her brother will be the same. Patrick was a war hero and now designs planes.

998 MAGIC SYMPHONY

ENGLISH ROMANCE

No one suspected Erica’s heartbreak at having to put aside her musical training and career to take over family affairs. Only when the conductor, Charles Winlake, aware of Erica’s talent, brought her back into the world of music did she fully realize what she’d missed. Then she began to wonder if Charles would have a permanent place in this bright new world.

1064 MISTRESS OF THE HOUSE

Laurie thought that marriage would open the door to a happy and carefree life, but she soon acquired a loved and loving husband, but an unwelcome admirer and a jealous, desperate enemy, who between them were almost to wreck her marriage. Laurie, however, found a way to defeat them and establish her own plan for happy living.

1087 A HOME FOR JOCELYN

ENGLISH ROMANCE

Aunt Irene was just as selfish as Aunt Jane, just as determined to exploit Jocelyn to the uttermost under the pretext of "giving her a home". Still, Jocelyn felt that in leaving Jane for Irene she had made a change for the better. There was the lovely country house instead of Bloomsbury; there was kind Uncle Philip; and there was Richard Barnewell. And whenever he spoke to her, she could say to herself, happily: "This could never have happened at Aunt Jane's."

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1109 FORTUNES OF SPRINGFIELD

ENGLISH ROMANCE

David Springfield of Springfield was ready to take on the tough job of pulling together the family's neglected estate. But to look after his brother's three orphaned (and rather unmanageable) children as well would, he felt, be beyond him. So he was delighted when pretty, competent Caroline came on the scene as housekeeper.

1142 SECRET HEIRESS

ENGLISH ROMANCE

Fiona Chard was a nice girl, a very attractive girl - but she was also very rich. Which was why her father had his doubts about her love for Guy, who wanted to marry her, and about Guy's love for her - and why he had challenged her to move outside her own small, exclusive circle and get a proper job for at least three months before she committed herself to marriage. And so Fiona found herself working for Peter Webber, who she soon realized was more attractive than Guy in every way - but who didn't know who she really was. Would her father's experiment be successful, or would it only bring her unhappiness?

1171 WINGS OF MEMORY

ENGLISH ROMANCE

A night of heavy snow, and dogs barking outside an old Cotswold farmhouse.... When Nancy and her two sisters went out to see what was the matter, they found a handsome stranger unconscious in a snowdrift. They and their parents saved his life; but when he recovered consciousness, he could not remember anything about himself. He stayed on to get work on a neighboring estate-- and so began a warm and tender love-story.

1207 YOUNG INTRUDER

ENGLISH ROMANCE

Alison Vale was a welcome addition to the home of her guardian, Peter Malliner - welcome to Peter himself and to his brother Douglas who was slowly recovering from an air crash, even, after a time to fussy and fluttery Cousin Priscilla. But to Lydia Peyton, Alison was far from welcome. Lydia intended to become Peter's wife, and she planned to get rid of this obstacle. But she had not bargained for Alison possessing considerable good sense as well as sweetness..

1246 CONSTANT HEART

ENGLISH ROMANCE

There were three conflicting interests in Alex's life: two men -- and her career as a dress designer. Terence offered her his love, but Charles Viddell could help her career. She knew that Charles found her attractive -- but she also knew of his reputation as a breaker of hearts, and she had no intentions of getting emotionally involved with him. Alex thought she could control the whole situations - but could she?Or would her heart take over from her head?

1280 FLIGHT OF THE SWAN

ENGLISH ROMANCE

Considering her narrow, rigid upbringing, it was not surprising that Philippa had been a complete "ugly duckling", but now, in her new-found independence, she was rapidly turning into a swan. She found a pleasant job, with an agreeable family, and a most attractive man was taking an interest in her. And then, just as her happiness was at its height, the jealousy of another woman threatened to destroy it.

1335 THE RED CLIFFS

ENGLISH ROMANCE

Since she lived and worked in London, Alison did not really have any use for the delightful Devonshire cottage that had come to her after her brother's death. But as soon as she met the detestable, overbearing Neil Edgerton, who seemed to think he had some claim on the place as well, she determined to go to any lengths to stop him getting his hands on it!

1458 ENCHANTED ISLAND

ENGLISH ROMANCE

Even in his dreams, Andrew Kane could not escape the memory of his young wife Ingrid, who had died so tragically. Then he met Tessa Thornton, who was the image of Ingrid, and gave her a job. Soon it was evident that the feelings between them were rather more than those of boss and secretary. But was it only because Tessa looked like Ingrid?

1497 DOCTOR'S CIRCLE

ENGLISH ROMANCE

The coolness between the Knight and Huwlett families had been going on for a long time, but it looked as if the younger generation, Gay Knight and Ivor Huwlett, might at last bring it to an end. Then they both found themselves on opposite sides of the fence in a dispute over something they both wanted, and the quarrel grew deeper than ever.

1584 A CASTLE IN SPAIN

SPANISH ROMANCE

Plenty of English girls go to Spain for their holidays—and many of them—like Venitia Hamilton, think nothing of going alone. But few holidays turns out as romantically as did Venetia’s. when she went to stay at the family castle of Don Andres de Arevalo y Liorento.

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1639 VALLEY OF THE EAGLES

SPANISH ROMANCE

Juliet went to Spain and got involved with two men: Harry who was nice and calm and kind, and who loved her; Miguel who was like his mountain home -- wild and dark and stormy.Yet might not the ease she felt with Harry be all too much like the situation between brother and sister? And the difficulties she experienced with Miguel be a guard against deeper feelings?

1662 SERPENT IN EDEN

ENGLISH ROMANCE

When Tim Burnet-Wilde callously broke her young sister's heart, Andrea decided to pay him back in his own coin; so she got a job as his secretary, intending to make him fall for her and then leave him flat. But what if Tim didn't react as expected?

1765 SPLENDID LEGACY

FRENCH ROMANCE

Cristina's unexpected legacy from her grandmother brought about her trip to France.And it was there that she encountered Alastair, who was as committed to Sylvana as Cristina was to Vernon. But ?

1787 RUNAWAY VISITOR

ITALIAN ROMANCE

Victoria thought she could look after her young brother and sister while her parents were abroad. They decided otherwise. So Victoria found herself in Italy, entrusted to the care of the disagreeable Charles Duncan, who was anything but pleased at having these juveniles thrust upon him.

LIST OF MILLS AND BOON ONLY TITLES

Eleanor Farnes wrote many titles for Mills and Boon, but only some were published in North America under the Harlequin Romance series. These titles sometimes are available in the United States, so I am providing a list of the titles below.

1930’S TITLES

MERRY GOES THE TIME

TANGLED HARMONIES

3 HAPPY PILGRIMS

ROMANTIC MELODY

HESITATION WALTZ

THE CRYSTAL SPRING

I WALK THE MOUNTAIN TOPS

1940’S TITLES

BLOOM ON THE GORSE

RECKLESS ADVENTURE

FRUITS OF THE YEAR

THE DOCTOR’S WIFE

SUMMER MOTLEY

BRIEF EXCURSION

THE QUIET VALLEY

STORMCLOUD AND SUNRISE

JOURNEY FOR 2 TRAVELLERS

THE DEEP, WIDE RIVER

THE OPENING FLOWER

THE WAYWARD STREAM

THE FAITHLESS FRIEND

CAPTIVE DAUGHTER

1950’S TITLES

THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE

THE MIST OF MORNING

A SEASON OF ENCHANTMENT

THE WAY THROUGH THE FOREST

THE PERSISTENT LOVER

THE BLESSING IN DISQUISE

A STRONGER SPELL

THE PAINTED CEILING

1960’S TITLES

LOVERS’ MEETING

THE TANGLED WEB

THE DARING DECEPTION

THE PURSUIT AND THE CAPTURE

LOVING AND GIVING

THE ROSE AND THE THORN

RUBIES FOR MY LOVE

1970’S TITLES

THE SHADOW OF SUSPICION

HOMEWARD BOUND

THIS GOLDEN ESTATE

THE AMARANTH FLOWER

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