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Katrina Britt Vintage Harlequins

Updated on July 26, 2011

ENGLISH ROMANCE AUTHOR

Katrina Britt was an English author who wrote about 30 romances for Harlequin. Her heroines were usually gentle English girls. I would consider her to be in the mold of Betty Neels; her heroines were sweet and her heroes were less aggressive than many heroes in other romances of the times. Most of her titles were published in the 1970's.

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207 GIRL IN BLUE

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

Felicity knew that the voice on the telephone had been that of Nora Staffordly. Although Felicity had never really doubted her husband's faithfulness, Nora's words filled her with unrest. A brilliant young lawyer, Curt found that his work and his clients made great demands on him. Though she didn't like the situation. Felicity accepted it, realizing that there were times when she simply had to share Curt. But she was not going to share her husband with another woman!

1300 A KISS IN A GONDOLA

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ITALY

Venice was marvelous--but somehow Diana's holiday there wasn't working out as planned. Torn between the resentment of her jealous Aunt Vera and her hopeless love for the aristocratic Mark del Moreno, Diana decided she would be better of at home. She blasted herself for having fallen for Mark despite all the warnings she had received.

Both of Diana's parents have recently died and she has been close to her uncle Max. So he and his wife invite her to stay with them for awhile. But Diana's aunt soon makes her feel unwelcome. She is jealous of Diana's close relationship with her artist uncle. Mark is their landlord and he is helping her uncle get a showing of his paintings. Everyone warns her that Mark is engaged to her ward, Felicina. Mark asks Diana to be his ward's companion.

1393 HEALER OF HEARTS

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

The attractive French surgeon Reeve d'Artanon had been described as a "healer of hearts" by a grateful and adoring patient. But he looked more like a breaker of hearts to Trisha, his latest victim!

Trisha's sister in law, Marie, was in a car accident so Trisha comes to care for her while her brother is away on business. Marie is not happy with her husband and Reeve is an old boyfriend, so her husband is afraid he will lose her. Trisha is to keep an eye on Reeve. He ends up staying the night when Trisha surprises a burglar in her brother's house. They are seen and there is gossip, so Reeve announces that they are engaged.

1490 THE FABULOUS ISLAND

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Greer's delightful employer wanted her to marry her nephew, Lloyd Blair -- and it looked as if that odious Mike Fenton did too, as he was always implying that Greer had only come out to this job in the West Indies to find herself a husband. If only they would all leave her alone to choose a husband for herself!

1525 THE UNKNOWN QUEST

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

"Every girl sets out on an unknown quest without knowing it until she meets the man of her heart," someone told Gaye - but Gaye, spoiled and pampered by her father, was not particularly looking for any other man. Was she really so independent, or would she one day meet a man who could get the better of her?

1626 A SPRAY OF EDELWEISS

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Gerda needed the job at the Schloss Rosenburg in Austria - but her employer, the stern Baron Max von Holzbauer, was another matter. How could she bear to be there, caring for the beautiful, tragic Helga von Daberg, in the knowledge that this was the only woman Max ever seemed to care about?

1679 THE GENTLE FLAME

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Vicki was thrilled to be going to the South of France for her beloved sister's wedding to an attractive Frenchman -- until she met an even more attractive Frenchman, Guy Ransart, who, alas! had no time for Vicki at all.

1703 RELUCTANT VOYAGER

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET ON SHIPBOARD

Freya had joined this cruise to Portugal and North Africa to convalesce from a bad bout of 'flu - but it was hardly going to help the recovery process when the first man she met - the Captain himself - turned out to be Derek Leighton, whom she had put out of her life a year ago. And he soon made it clear that he wanted to stay out of her life.

1727 STRANGE BEWILDERMENT

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Martina was perfectly happy in Venice, looking after the lovable little Marco Vortolini -- if only that annoying man, Dominic Burnett di Ravenelli, would mind his own business and stop telling her the boy really needed a -- male--tutor. But although Martina might resent Dominic, she certainly couldn't ignore him!Martina is visiting her friend, Eunice. Eunice and her husband are looking after his nephew, whose father recently died in a fire. Eunice does not like children and thinks the child is ruining her marriage.

"Love is the strange bewilderment which overtakes one person on account of another."

James Thurber

1760 THE GUARDED GATES

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE set in spain

Dionis Ward was an interior decorator, and a very good one, too; so when her sister got engaged to a Spaniard it seemed the natural thing to get Dionis to make the trip to Spain and do up the villa they planned to live in. But the villa's landlord, Don Juan Vicente de Velez y Strebelo, had other ideas! Title of book is from poem, saying "when Eve passed out of Eden beside its garden gates."

Dionis has a very selfish sister, Angela, who expects her to decorate the house. She meets Don Juan when she gets sunstroke in the villa garden, he takes her to his house to recover.

1793 THE KING OF SPADES

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN MONTE CARLO

Did she love enough to forget the past? Sara Everette was stunned by the suicidal death of her best friend, Maura Penhurst. and she knew who to blame for it. Maura's last letter had told of the heartbreak she had suffered when she was jilted by Armand Romond de Poulain. So when Sara met Armand on a holiday in Monte Carlo, she was determined to seek revenge. But fate turned the tables and somehow she found herself in love with a man she hated!.

1866 THE GREATER HAPPINESS

HAREQUIN ROMANCE SET IN SWITZERLAND

Emmy’s delicate small nephew (has asthma) was a great responsibility, and she had firmly decided to keep any ideas of love and marriage in the background for the next two years until the child’s health improved. But when she made the vow she hadn’t foreseen going to live in Switzerland—and meeting the impressive Duc Breul de Polain et Bouvais!

1892 THE HOUSE CALLED SAKURA

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN JAPAN

The man she loved had changed. Why? When Laurel traveled to Japan to marry Kirk Graham, a British diplomat, she was afraid he might have forgotten her. Their summer romance seemed so far away. As soon as she saw him again she knew she loved him more than ever. But he had changed drastically, and she hardly knew this enigmatic, troubled man. Perhaps it was the beautiful Nina he preferred now. But Laurel didn't intend to give up without a fight! !

Laurel was living in England and caring for her invalid mother when she met Kirk. She was rushing to fill a prescription and he was visiting his uncle. Laurel’s parents had been in a train crash and her dad was killed. Her mom has brain damage from the accident. After Kirk goes back to Japan he writes to propose. She refuses because she must take care of her mother . But her mother attacks Laurel and then dies.

Laurel is hurt by the attack and then has a break down. Kirk’s uncle takes care of her and when Kirk proposes by letter a second time she accepts. She is still rather fragile from her illness and grief. But when they marry he doesn’t touch her and this confuses Laurel and leads her to suspect he is involved elsewhere.

1906 TAKE BACK YOUR LOVE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Two years ago Annabel had met and fallen in love with the fascinating Pierre Devigne, only to discover that he was not the marrying kind. Now she came into contact with him again and found that his views on matrimony had changed. But the girl of his choice was to be the wealthy Marilyn Firbank. Did Annabel still care enough to fight for him?

1969 THE SPANISH GRANDEE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN SPAIN

The imposing Spaniard, Don Rambn de Biver y Aldenez, had once been an important and romantic figure in Venetia's young life. Years later, in his own country, they met again.Now all his thoughts were for his tragic young fiancee, and it was unlikely he would have any time for Venetia.

2017 THE EMERALD GARDEN

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

For years a bitter family quarrel had kept Vinney apart from her mother and her sister, Denise. But now they were all together again, and Vinney was hoping for a happier relationship at last. But all she succeeded in doing was to fall in love with the man Denise was going to marry....Vinney has been living in Malta with aunt and uncle, who died recently. They left her everything. When Vinney was 11 years old her dad had to rescue her from the sea,which caused his death. After that, mom said she never wanted to see her again.

Now Vinney is 21 and wants a relationship with her family. Her sister,Denise, is a spoiled, jealous nasty woman. She is the reason their dad drowned. She pretended to be drowning so Vinney, who is not a strong swimmer, would come out to rescue her. Then Denise laughed and swam back, leaving Vinney in thewater. Nick Wentworth believes what Denise has said about her sister. Both Denise and her Mom are complete bitches, even before the drowning, the mother didn't like Vinney. She only ever cared about Denise.

2039 IF TODAY BE SWEET

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ITALY

When Lori went to stay with her brother in Venice, he warned her that the romantic atmosphere of the place blinds one to reality. But almost immediately she found herself falling in love with the handsome Prince Mario Doniletti Volleano--who was just the kind of man her brother had warned her about.

2070 THE VILLA FAUSTINO

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN AFRICA

Joanna loved her Canary Island home and valued her old friendship with Ramon, the handsome and imperious Marques de Orleron y Faustino. But she still hoped to revisit London, her birthplace. Yet she felt reluctant to leave, because the beautiful Candida was making no secret of her intention to marry Ramon. Did Joanna's own feelings for him go beyond friendship? Joanna lives with her painter father in a house on his estate. Ramon calls her Juana and has known her since she was 4 years old and he was 16.

2121 THE FAITHFUL HEART

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN FRANCE

She must forget him But how could she? To Fran, the job on the French Riviera sounded ideal. Perhaps there she'd be happy again. Finding Rick Roman living next door, the matrimonial target of the woman she worked for, was disturbing. For this man had walked out of her life once. Worse still, Rick thought she'd followed him. "Look," Fran said angrily. "You told me to forget you and I'm doing just that" But how could she love and hate a man at the same time? Rock is from New Zealand and they had met in London. They dated for months, suddenly he said he was leaving. she took job as companion to forget him..

2143 THE SILVER TREE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN SPAIN

"I misjudged you," he said. "Forgive me." Diane had looked forward to meeting her pen pal, Maria, for the first time. She had not expected to have her whole world turned upside down. Unfortunately, from the moment she met Maria's imperious and disapproving brother, the Duque Alonso de Valmardi, that was exactly what happened. Surely she couldn't be in love with a man she disliked! Then why was she jealous of Bella Vangroot who seemed likely to become Alonso's wife?

Diane is a fabric designer who has just been laid off. Her friend Maria sent her a ticket saying that Alonso had seen her photo and fallen immediately in love. Diane takes this with a grain of salt, but on a whim she goes to Madeira to visit Maria. It turns out that Maria just said that because she really wanted Diane to come to see her. Bella owns a neighboring estate and Alonso really wants to buy her out. It turns out that Maria was telling the truth in her letter.

2171 THE ENCHANTED WOODS

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND AND FRANCE

High time she found herself a husband! Raised in an orphanage, Sally's need for a home and family had always been uppermost in her mind. Now she felt she should delay no longer. She had three possible candidates for a husband--childhood friends all, apparently more than willing to accommodate her. She had only to choose one. But her decision was hampered by the disturbing presence of Mark Fawcett Miller. How dare he upset all her careful plans!

Sally is a nurse and Mark is a surgeon at her hospital. Mark has asked Sally out in the past and she always refused. The 3 candidates were all raised with her in the orphanage and she goes to visit them. First she goes to see Keith who is a gardener on a big estate in the English countryside. He is more interested in his plants than Sally. Mark turns out to be staying in the area also. Next, Sally goes to Paris to visit Adam. He is glad to see her but he has a jealous female patron who discourages any romances. Sally starts nursing again for a female patient of Mark. Sally had told Mark of her mission before she left the hospital and he keeps popping up to discourage her and interfere.

2212 OPEN NOT THE DOOR

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN SCOTLAND

Laraine wondered if Harvey was right He had warned her that she'd accomplish nothing by dashing off to Scotland to care for the Moira girl injured in the accident After all, Moira had been driving the car that ran into them. Laraine and Harvey had not been hurt; but now Moira lived in a wheel-chair. Somehow Laraine felt partly responsible. It was true she d managed to interest Moira in a few activities. But she'd also managed to fall in love with Charles McGreyfarne, the man Moira was to marry!

The accident happened just after Laraine refused Harvey’s proposal. He was upset and had been drinking but Moira was on the wrong side of the road, so she was blamed. Laraine answers an ad to be companion to Moira. Moira is staying with Charles and it is possible she can walk again.

BOOK EXCERPT

OPEN NOT THE DOOR

"You haven't been in love," Charles said. " Most of you city dwellers have emotions that skim lightly over the surface."

He had come too close to her now for comfort and Laraine stood up in a state of panic. "For someone who lives so far away from city dwellers you know a lot about them. If some girl once let you down, don't take it out on me--"

Before she could move he had swept her into his arms. His lips on hers were firm, ruthless and demanding.

Life with Harvey had been like drifting on a quiet lake. In Charles's arms, the emotion she now knew as love, was not a bit like that. It was a raging, relentless current that swept her frighteningly along.....

2238 THE HILLS BEYOND

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN AUSTRALIA

“I think you’ll make a terrible husband!” Serena informed Bren Robart loftily. “I’m glad I’m not marrying you for real!” Serena had come to Australia with her friend Dee to seek adventure and romance. Then family illness called Dee home and Serena was left on her own. But not for long. When Bren asked her to participate in a mock engagement to make his girl friend jealous, Serena agreed. What better way to see the country than as a wealthy grazier’s fiancée? Then she made the mistake of falling in love!

Serena meets Bren when she is knocked down in a crowd and her shoulder dislocates. She passes out and he pops the shoulder pack in place. His Aunt Julia’s daughter is a brat and his aunt wants them to marry. He doesn’t want to marry Sadie. Sadie sees him going into Serena’s room late at night to put more blankets on her. Sadie sees this and the next night at a party, gets drunk and tells everyone that Bren is sleeping with Serena. So Bren announces their engagement.

2269 THE MIDNIGHT SUN

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Shani’s words stuck like a mortal blow! “David married you out of chivalry.” Shani pointed to the scar marring Sabina’s cheek “Why else would be marry a woman who looks like you?” Her full mouth quivered with distaste. “Your looks wouldn’t inspire passion in a man!” Calmly Sabina met Shani’s scornful gaze. “Marriage isn’t based on sudden lust or a need for an affair.” She said huskily. “It’s based on love, David married me because he loves me.” But in her heart Sabina knew that she was convincing neither Shani nor herself…..

2305 THE MAN OF THE PEAK

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN CHINA

She loved the man she had divorced. Suzanne hadn't planned to meet her ex-husband, Raoul de Brecourt, in Hong Kong. She'd gone there for a holiday. But there was no escaping Raoul's overpowering presence. From the start their marriage had been a mistake--for the wrong reasons. She had fought against his arrogance and his devilish charm. And he had treated her like a spoiled child. Now, when it was too late, she realized she loved him. Worse, she had to watch him court the charming Sylvana Lapport!

Raoul had treated her like a brat because she was a brat. But After her father got ill, Sylvana grew up. She works for charities and is now in Hong Kong visiting an aunt of Raoul's. Raoul and her father had a business merger and she thinks that Raoul married her just because of the merger. Raoul never told her he loved her and she didn't realize she loved him until the marriage was over.

BOOK EXCERPT

THE MAN ON THE PEAK

I'm known now as Suzanne Dawson."

She managed to keep her voice even and to look into his handsome inscrutable face.

Raoul raised a dark eyebrow in his tantalizing way. "Not regretting our divorce, are you?" he asked lazily.

Suzanne was glad of the sunglasses, which hid her expression. "I liked quite a few men when I married you. But I knew quite clearly at the time that I was not in love with any of them--including you."

"Love can be a matter of propinquity," he retorted."Put 2 people together for a length of time and they can grow together."

Suzanne felt herself on dangerous ground "Not you, of course?" Nothing had changed, Suzanne realized. Raoul still didn't love her.

2343 FLOWERS FOR MY LOVE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Davina wasn't free to marry anyone. After the death of their parents, Davina Mawne was sole provider for her young sister and brother. It took long hours of hard work, but Davina was proud of her success in keeping her family together. She had little spare time for a social life and none at all for romance. Then she met handsome, charming Nick Tabor, who was quite determined to marry her. It should have been the answer to all her problems. Instead, it seemed only to add to them.....

Davina owns a flower shop, her sister also works in the store. Davina's brother wants to be a doctor. Davina and Nick quickly get engaged, but soon Davina found out that Nick knew her shop was going to be sold out from under her and he didn't tell her.

BOOK EXCERPT

FLOWERS FOR MY LOVE

"I am not your type of woman!"

Davina spoke breathlessly. "I'm a working girl who has the responsibility of caring for a brother and sister. Their future is my prime concern and you would find me very dull company indeed."

Davina's eyes widened. "But--"

"Wait. Don't tell me you have no interest in men or marriage," Nick said. "Life is for the living, my girl."

"But, Mr. Tabor," she murmured, "I don't even like you."

A little smile lifted at the corners of his mouth. "You're wasting your time if you think you're going to change my mind," Nick replied. "I never could resist a challenge."

2371 ISLAND FOR DREAMS

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

Only when she arrived on the island did Nora learn that part of her inheritance from Uncle Jake depended on her marrying a Manxman. There was no lack of candidates. Even, it was suggested, Jony Cesar, who inherited the estate moneys if Nora failed to comply. Unfortunately, Juan Cregeen was the one who attracted her most. He seemed to have no visible means of support and was a confirmed bachelor. .

Nora never met Jake Kelly. He loved Nora's mom, she was born on the Isle of Man and had left it to marry Nora's dad. She is to share the estate with Jake's adopted son, Jony. He has the farm and she gets a apartment. They divide investments and income from land rental. She meets Juan when he rescues her. She fell into water reaching for a scarf, one of the last presents from her parents.

BOOK EXCERPT

ISLAND FOR DREAMS

"You could do worse than marry a Manxman."

As Juan spoke, Nora looked up, startled. "Are you telling me this is on your own behalf? That someone will get a prize if they marry you?"

Juan threw back his head and laughed. "Lord, no! But there's always Jony," he paused and smiled wickedly. "No doubt he'll find time for you."

She quivered. "You make me feel like some rich heiress who could be held for ransom!"

Juan raised an eyebrow. "You mean like someone abducting you to force you into marriage in order to share your inheritance?"

Rich color swept over her and she said, "Charming! Nice to know that I need money to boost my sex appeal!"

"You don't need anything," he said as he pulled her close. Then his mouth closed over her own trembling one.

2397 THE WRONG MAN

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN CANADA

She loved him, but love wasn't enough. Rachelle should never have married Pete Standring. She'd known he was a Canadian oil prospector, but she hadn't realized it was his whole life. Moreover, she hated oil-field living. So she left him to resume the budding career she'd had in London. When she finally discovered she couldn't live without the man she loved--it was too late. If she'd lost him to Nancy Bigland it was her own fault!

2449 HOTEL JACARANDAS

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN SPAIN

Julie and Felipe were poles apart. Julie had never reconciled herself to her parents' divorce, so her holiday in Majorca with her father and his new wife was filled with underlying sadness. Her sadness, Julie soon found, was nothing compared to the heartbreak of falling in love with the dashing Spaniard, Felipe de Torres y Aquilino. They were from different worlds, had nothing in common. Yet Julie knew her life would never be complete without Felipe ...

Her father has run away with her best friend, Dale. They had worked in a bank together. Her father runs the Hotel Jacarandas, which Felipe owns. Dale seems to be unfaithful to her father.

BOOK EXCERPT

HOTEL JACARANDAS

She wanted the moment to last forever....It wasn't fair, Julie thought, that such a wonderful moment of enlightenment should be so brief. Evidently Felipe did not share her own feelings of joy at the discovery of her love for him.

Instead he spoke about Majorca, and she asked, "Have you always lived on the island?"

"No," he said, "the family home is in Cadiz. I spent my holidays her with my grandparents."

"How nice that such a place as beautiful as this should hold such happy memories for you." she remarked, envying the island because it had known him far longer than she had.

"I trust the island will hold happy memories for you, also," Felipe replied softly.

And Julie wondered whether she would have happiness to remember--or tragedy.

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