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Kathryn Blair vintage Harlequin romances

Updated on May 14, 2011

AUTHOR OF AFRICAN AND MEDITTERANEAN ROMANCES

Kathryn Blair is a pseudonym for Rosalind Brett, who also wrote under the name Celine Conway. The author is from South Africa. 26 books were published in the 1960s under this name.

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633 CHILDREN'S NURSE

EUROPEAN ROMANCE

Linda’s ideas on child care were quite different from the Marquez de Filano’s, and this young English nurse’s quiet obstinacy was a totally new experience for him. So, he began to study this girl—with an unexpected interest.

650 THE GOLDEN ROSE

AFRICAN ROMANCE

A holiday in Mozambique! To Gwen, the prospect of a visit to Portugeuse East Africa would have been an exciting one at any time, but now she hoped, too, that it would help her to recover from an unhappy love affair. (her sister stole her boyfriend). As for the motive behind her uncle's invitation, it seemed a straightforward one. He wanted to send his small motherless son home to England for an English education. True, he had hinted at oppostion from his wealthy Portuguese in-laws, but surely, thought Gwen, it was only a matter of putting his foot down? Not until she arrived did Gwen realize that the real danger to her uncle's plans came from a different quarter.....from the powerful and self-assured Duque de Condeiro, whose position as the boy's godfather made him a doubly formidable opponent. But Gwen was determined to help her uncle, and ...incidently...to get the better of that annoying imperious autocrat.

667 WHITE ORLEANDER

TROPICAL ROMANCE

(Nurse Laurie) Unexpectedly, Laurie Fielding was invited to the island of Mondego to look after the small son of her sister, Stella. But when she arrived Stella mysteriously denied any relationship between them, even calling her by the name of Laurie Bell.Yet, in spite of her misgivings and Stella's devious ways, Laurie found romance and happiness

682 PLANTATION DOCTOR

AFRICAN ROMANCE

Did she really want to be left alone. Lynden Russell was dismayed on her arrival in West Africa to discover that all the arrangements made for her had fallen through. However, she certainly wasn't going to admit that to the intimidating Dr. Adrian Sinclair! When he took the solution to her difficulties into his own hands, she was very angry at his high-handed interference - but she soon began to wish that his care of her were not quite so impersonal.

700 TAMARISK BAY

SOUTH PACIFIC ROMANCE

The long, feathery fronds of the tamarisks waved above Jenny's head as she sat where the Sumatran jungle met the sea. She was trying to take in all the implications of her plight. She looked at the black silhouettes of the palms, at the starlit sea, at the pale sand spreading back into the quiet of the forest. Until a ship came by - and who could say how many days or weeks that would be? - she was cut off here with an unpredictable stranger. He had said that in a crowd they might not even notice each other, but Jenny knew better. Almost certainly that arrogant gaze of his would pass over Jenny Manson, but there wasn't a woman anywhere who could come within a dozen yards of him and not be conscious of his magnetism. In any case they weren't in a crowd! They were alone, quite alone on a tropic beach

717 THE HOUSE AT TEGWANI

Force of circumstance had obliged Sandra Cunningham to take a post as typist-companion to an elderly author, but her new life on the prosperous Tegwani Citrus Estate in South Africa turned out to be most pleasant. Mrs. Tremayn, in fact, thought so highly of her that she began to engineer a romance between her and her nephew, Philip. The only fly in the ointment was the owner of the Tegwani Estate, Brin Masterson, cynical, arrogantly sure of himself, and making no secret of his contempt for helpless English girls and his dislike of the philandering Philip. Nevertheless, Sandy soon began to wonder if he were not right in his opinion of Philip - to have, in fact, second thoughts about both men. But could she walk out on Philip now? And as for Brin, how could she ever hope to attract him - especially once his old and dear friend Katrina had arrived on the scene?

749 WILD CROCUS

EUROPEAN ROMANCE

Phil and her sister Justine in San Marco on the Portugues coast. Both sisters were to love the same man, Ricardo de Vallarez. Phil feels sure he will love her sister Justine, beautiful and a singer of renown and prepared to go to any length to get her man

766 THE ENCHANTING ISLAND

TROPICAL ROMANCE

Claire Wyndham, young and inexperienced, went to the lovely island of Santa Catarina as companion to the daughter of a local aristocrat. She was quite enchanted by her surroundings and got on well with the local people - with one notable exception. In no time at all, Claire had crossed swords with the charming but far to imperious Conde Manuel de Castro. From the beginning there was a polite antagonism between the two of them, and it was only when a beautiful opera singer arrived on the scene as Manuel's guest that Claire began to realize what Manuel really meant to her. But by then it seemed that she had bestowed her love on a man who did not, and never would, want it.

786 THE SURGEON'S MARRIAGE

ENGLISH ROMANCE

The Senior Surgeon had to have a wife to accept a position at the Research Hospital in the Channel Isles. Josie accepted his proposal—but, did he love her?

805 LOVE THIS ENEMY

TROPICAL ROMANCE

Kay found her situation incredible. She was marooned on an island in the Indian Ocean with two men of utterly different personalities. There was Jeff, handsome and lazy, who loved good times and never talked of marriage; and that other man, big and dark and incalculable, and apparently not at all fond of women. They would get away eventually, she was sure; but what would happen in the meantime?

823 DEAR ADVERSARY

AFRICAN ROMANCE

Grant was an important man in the Copperbelt of Northern Rhodesia, he was used to managing people and things. When he tried to manage Morny Blake, she instinctively resisted him, for a woman will be mastered only—when she is loved.

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843 A NURSE AT BARBAZON

EUROPEAN ROMANCE

(A Summer at Barbazon) Susan had come to spend three months on the coast of Portugal as nurse-companion to a Portuguese noblewoman. Her patient gave her no trouble, but her brother-the imperious Visconde Eduardo de Corte Ribeiro-was a different proposition, and she found him oddly disturbing. It was safer, she decided, to see him only as a stony-hearted aristocrat who used his charm to keep others in subjection. Safer, but none too easy.

861 BEWILDERED HEART

AFRICAN ROMANCE

Veronica was going home in defeat. She'd come with such high hopes to Nigeria--to help her brother, Stephen, through the last six months of his assignment there. Her presence in the small masculine society at Murabai had been disturbing. But not nearly as devastating as the effect Clin Peterson had on her. Of course, she'd been a fool to fall in love with the coldly commanding district officer. Well, there was always a career, for she'd never love again. Perhaps away from Africa the pain of loving would fade....

878 THIS KIND OF LOVE

CANADIAN ROMANCE

( the dangerous kind of love) Sue Preston knew she could not marry Nigel Tevior until she had cleared up the mystery of her sister-in-law's death in Canada some years earlier, so she went out there to try and sort things out. Sue needed help - and she found it in Bill Wightman, the attractive lumber-man. but it was a friendship that was to produce a new peril - this time to Sue herself..

893 SWEET DECEIVER

SOUTH PACIFIC ROMANCE

Julian Stanville, Chief Commissioner of a group of islands in the South Seas, was an ambitious schemer out to advance his career by marrying the Governor's daughter, or so Elizabeth and Amanda were told. To teach him a lesson, they planned to exchange identities and watch him making love to the wrong girl. Unfortunately they left out of their calculations the possibility that "the wrong girl" might fall in love with him.

920 THE MAN AT MULERA

AFRICAN ROMANCE

It is a far cry form a Kensington kindergarten to a plantation in Nyasaland, but at hardly a moment's notice Lou Prentice found herself going from one place to the other, her cousin's little boy had been left tragically an orphan and it was up to Lou to fly out and bring him home. But when she arrived in Nyasaland to bring Keith home, she found somebody barring her way .

941 MAYENGA FARM

Rennie Gaynor found Kent Bradfield's criticisms of the way she and her father ran their farm quite intolerable. It was true that they were rather poor and unused to South Africa, but Kent's assurance and good looks annoyed her. It was not until Rennie's sophisticated friend Jackie came to stay with the Gaynors and showed a distinct interest in Kent, that Rennie herself found that her feelings for Kent were something deeper than anger.

954 DR. WESTLAND

AFRICAN ROMANCE

Tess Carlen is invited to recuperate in Tangier after suffering almost fatal injuries in an accident. On the voyage, Tess agrees to look after a small boy, and to deliver him to his father on arrival. By doing so, Tess becomes deeply embroiled in the mystery of Tangier which cloaks Dr. Philip Westland and his young son.

972 BARBARY MOON

AFRICAN ROMANCE

“I suppose Morocco is a better place than most for a plunge into the passionate unknown. It’s a pity girls of your age have such a lack of knowledge. The Barbara moon plays tricks.” Said Alexander Barron scathingly to Carolyn, who knew he was referring to her relationship with Leo Morgan. The trouble was that, because of something in the past, Carolyn was not at liberty to explain that Leo meant nothing to her life at all. The only man who did was standing there before her—and she knew without any doubt whatever that her feelings for him were no trick of the Barbary moon.

988 THE PRIMROSE BRIDE

SOUTH PACIFIC ROMANCE

Karen was young and vulnerable and very much in love with her new husband, and it was a shattering blow when she found, only a few days after the wedding, that he had only married her to further his own career---as a Government official in the romantic South Sea islands. What was she to do now? One thing was certain—she could never stop loving him

1012 NO OTHER HAVEN

AFRICAN ROMANCE

From the moment Lindsey Gresham and Stuart Conlowe met, on board the ship that was taking them both to Cape Town, they felt attracted to each other. And when Lindsey received a cable informing her of the death of her aunt to whom she was traveling-an event which left her alone in the world and penniless---Stuart at once suggested that she could marry him. They were, he said, very good friends, and their marriage would remain on a purely friendly footing until their mutual liking had grown into love. But marriages in name only, rarely prosper; and the difficulties in Lindsey's case were further complicated by the advent of the other woman in Stuart's life.

Lindsey's twin brother was in the service with Stuart. Stuart had saved the brother's life and he told his sister all about Stuart. The brother died about 2 years later and Lindsey is now alone in the world except for the aunt. She meets Stuart on the boat from England , he is going to South Africa to see his mother.

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1038 BATTLE OF LOVE

On the death of her husband, Catherine and her small son are offered a home by her father in law, Leon Verender, co-guardian of the boy. Chaos develops rapidly between them, caused by conflicting ideas on how to raise a child. Leon’s scheming fiancée then delivers an ultimatum to Catherine—making life for her and her son impossible.

1059 THE TULIP TREE

AFRICAN ROMANCE

The tulip tree in Dr Ruth Masters’ African garden obstinately refused to flower. Sarah Knight wondered if it were symbolic of her love for Brent Milward—doomed, it seemed, to come to nothing, since for her sister’s sake she must soon leave Africa and never see him again.

1083 DEAREST ENEMY

AFRICAN ROMANCE

When Fenella Harcourt travelled to Mozambique with her father, she made many surprising discoveries. But the most amazing of them all was the irresistibly charming, infuriatingly autocratic, Carlos Pereira who lived like an overlord in a palatial dwelling.The love story of Fenella and Carlos unfolds against the colourful backcloth of Portuguese East Africa, where the sub-tropic climate and the Latin temperament combine to keep emotions running high.

Fenella's father has given up his successful practice to become a medical missionary. His hospital is on the grounds of the estate of Carlos. Her father invites her out to stay for a few months in Mozambique. Fenella can't stand Carlos because he refuses to allow her to help her father in his work.

1107 THEY MET IN ZANZIBAR

AFRICAN ROMANCE

“You’re safe next to Steve” Peg’s father told her when she was first introduced to Steve Cartland at the Zanzibar hotel.. “so long as you lock your door and keep a gun beside the bed.” Certainly, Steve was a man of immense attraction, but when he acquiesced in the proposed sell-out of her father’s plantation and then calmly announced that he would be the new General Manager, Peg felt impervious to all the attraction he could bring to bear. Yet

1148 FLOWERING WILDERNESS

AFRICAN ROMANCE

A rubber plantation in Africa was no place for a woman as far as David Raynor was concerned. Nicky Graham had a great deal of courage, and she was determined to stay. Alas, before long, Nicky was forced to leave, but now she was very much in love with David Raynor.

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