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Updated on May 18, 2011

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Marjorie Lewty was born and raised in Liverpool. Lewty started writing during the worst part of WWII and continued after she married and had children. Eventually she started to concentrate on romances, some set in England. Other books have been located around the world, with an English girl as the main character. Marjorie Lewty died in 2002.

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140 THE FIRE IN THE DIAMOND

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS

"I don't think you and I have anything to say to each other, Mr. Lawrence," Toni replied. She didn't want to cross any more swords with him. There were no doubt plenty of girls who were ready to fall for his charms. She just had to be very careful that she wasn't one of them. Antonia Warren wanted to be loved, completely and as herself -- but not as an imitation of the wife he had lost.

875 ACAPULCO MOONLIGHT

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS SET IN CARIBBEAN

Just how far was she expected to go? Karen knew she had to avoid antagonizing millionaire Saul Marston at the Acapulco conference if she wanted him to save her financially troubled company. And she was prepared to put aside her personal dislike of the man and be accommodating in order to create a favorable impression. But that didn't include sleeping with him. He couldn't make that a condition for investing in the company, could he?

932 VILLA IN THE SUN

HARLEQUIN PRESENTS SET IN FRANCE

They'd been so happy early in their marriage Villa Favorita on the Riviera had been their private paradise, the place where Hal and Joanna had shared all their feelings. Yes, Hal had showered Joanna with mink and diamonds, too, but her real happiness had always stemmed from his love. Then, three years ago, when Hal's fortunes had plummeted, her husband not only lost everything--he drove Joanna away. Which made it doubly hard for her to be the real estate agent handling the sale now that Villa Favorita was again on the market. Could she help sell their villa to a total stranger? Not a chance--not once Hal showed up.

953 ALEX RAYNER,DENTAL NURSE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

When Alex first started working for Dr. Gerard Trent she wasn't at all sure that she approved of him; then, she began to like him very much indeed. But he was engaged to the glamorous Marilyn Lattimer.

1146 IMPERFECT SECRETARY

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

Carol Waring was an, attractive girl, warm-hearted, generous, lively. But perhaps too young and impulsive to be built up into the perfect secretary? Clive Benedict thought he could do it, and Clive Benedict was usually right. Would he succeed with Carol, or would he find that people are less calculable than the bricks and mortar, facts and figures about which he knew so much?

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1183 NEVER CALL IT LOVING

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

On the day of her friend Eileen's wedding, Mandy was a little damped at being paired off with a gloomy and silent best man. But it didn't really matter, nothing mattered, for her darling Robin was coming home and soon she too would be married. Would things work out as Mandy expected? Or would her life take an entirely new direction after that eventful day?

1203 THE LUCKY ONE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

There had always been a particularly special bond between Linda and her twin sister Ann -- for Ann was fragile and delicate where Linda was strong and practical, and always Linda had mothered and protected Ann.Then Ann fell in love with the man Linda herself cared for. Should she back out -- or was it time, at last, to let Ann stand on her own feet and try to solve the problem for herself?

1297 DENTAL NURSE AT DENLEY'S

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

Everyone at Denley's was wondering what the new dental surgeon would be like. But when Alison Blake learned that his name was Christopher Stevenson, she knew only too well--and her heart sank ...

1489 TOWN NURSE---COUNTRY NURSE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

After a disastrous love affair, Kate had felt she never wanted to live in the country again, and firmly turned herself into a town girl. So when her dental surgeon boss suggested that she help out, temporarily, a colleague of his in a small country town, she was deter mined to stay there no longer than was necessary.

1725 THE EXTRAORDINARY ENGAGEMENT

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

When he had broken off their engagement, Terry had told Liz, "It's not dishonest to marry where the money is, it's just plain common sense. I don't believe there's a man alive who'd pass up a chance like I've got." Now the boot was on the other foot; Liz had the key to a large fortune and Brett Denton was asking her to marry him. Would Terry's cynical remark also be true of Brett?

1752 THE REST IS MAGIC

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

Desperation forced Miranda to encamp for the night in Jason Steele's office suite, but unfortunately he found her there, and after the unholy wrath that resulted she never dreamed that a few months later she would become his wife. For Jason was reputed to be a rake where women were concerned. What chance of happiness had Miranda?

1819 ALL MADE OF WISHES

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

"He gets under your skin," Averil's sister Sara had said of William Randall, and Averil's reply had been, "Well, he won't get under mine!" Yet she was to find this disturbingly attractive man was in her thoughts all too often as her visit to Cornwall continued. How did William feel?

1914 FLOWERS IN STONY PLACES

HARLEQUIN ROMANCES SET IN ENGLAND

When Adam Royle came to Kings Worthy School as temporary headmaster Samantha, as school secretary ,was naturally anxious to cooperate with and help him. But she found him far more disturbing as a man than as an employer. He was reputed to be quite irresistible to women—and certainly she could see why! But after all, she had Richard, hadn’t she? And why Adam told her firmly that he was absolutely allergic to feminine flattery, Samantha was able to assure him that he was safe from her. But was Samantha—and her heart—safe from Adam?

Set in England. Her sister warns her about Adam. She says that he treated a friendly very shabbily when he was last in the area. When Adam first sees Samantha he yells at her, he obviously thought she was someone else. She avoids mentioning she has a sister.

2075 TO CATCH A BUTTERFLY

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

Kate openly admitted her prejudice against business tycoons. And Damian St. Ewan-despite his attractive, charming and forceful appeal-was a business tycoon. But Kat had always adored Cornwall, and when Damian offered her a 2 month job there, she accepted cautiously. When she got there, it came as quite a surprise that a secretarial position was not precisely what Damian had in mind.

2144 THE TIME AND THE LOVING

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

"A time for everything...a time to love" Daniel's eyes gleamed as he quoted the words. At seventeen Cassandra had fallen in love with Daniel Marshall. She had been bitterly hurt by his rejection of her in favor of his career. Seeing him again, Cassandra, now personal assistant to a famous interior designer, realized she was as vulnerable as ever where Daniel was concerned. And there was no guarantee that this time would be any different....Daniel is an architect, his family was depending on him so he felt he couldn't ask Cassandra to wait for him to return from Canada. When they meet again, Cassandra lets him believe she is involved with her boss.

2196 THE SHORT ENGAGEMENT

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

Annabel's beautiful dream had ended....Cornwall and the sea, the cottage, her innocent romance with young artist Toby Trevine....Now Dr. Robert Fames, her late father's partner from whom she'd fled, had discovered her hideaway. Annabel feared his determination to run her life, his persistence in wanting to marry her.She looked in vain for help from Toby. It was his brother, Bart, who rescued her--a man Annabel found so vitally attractive she'd never even dared to include him in her dream!

2282 A VERY SPECIAL MAN

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN SPAIN

Chloe had given up on ordinary men! Experience had taught Chloe that ordinary men were a sadly selfish bunch. So she conjured up an ideal. He would have to be rich and generous; tall, dark and handsome; kind to children and animals. And he would possess a sense of humor. She and her sister had a good laugh over the requirements. They both knew full well that such a man could never really exist! At least that's what Chloe thought--until she met Benedict Dane.

Chloe had just broken up with her fiance because he wanted them to live together without marriage. He was also mad at her for going to help her sister Jan. Jan was ill and alone with the kids. While visiting she goes to visit old estate where her mom was housekeeper. It is up for sale and she is caught by Benedict in the estate kitchen. She had noticed it was full of trash and she wanted to clean it up.

Benedict immediately asks her to marry him. He has told his ailing Spanish grandmother that he was engaged to an English girl and asks Chloe to fill the role.

2331 A CERTAIN SMILE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

It was a whole new world for Amanda Meeting her father for the first time at age eighteen was quite an experience for Amanda Dawson. She was catapulted from life in a quiet Devonshire village into the urbane sophistication of her father's world. Amanda's fresh innocence had not prepared her for wealth, tycoons or wild parties. Nor was she prepared for a man like Blair Craddock, her father's business partner. It was easy to fall in love with him--but he was planning to marry his lovely colleague, Juliet!

2382 PRISONER IN PARADISE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Her stepfather lived in a fairy-tale world. Ralph Francis had snatched Sara from her boarding school and thrust her into his jet-set life-style. She was delighted with her stepfather's generosity--and the excitement of their life together. Until Tim Knight came along. Ralph objected to Sara's friendship with Tim--and so did Tim's formidable brother Jason. Jason thought Ralph was dishonest and that Sara was in league with him. Suddenly, truth and tragedy eliminated both Ralph and Tim--leaving Sara at Jason's mercy.

2421 LOVE IS A DANGEROUS GAME

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN CHINA

"After all, what have you got to lose?" Kate had been asked that question when she'd been trying to convince herself that she was doing the right thing. At least she knew she was helping her brother and father. But posing as Paul Caister's fiancee in Hong Kong was proving dangerous to her mental health. The man was impossible! And also, she found, surprisingly lovable.... Well, she had certainly lost her heart, captured by Paul. What else was left but heartache?

2450 BEYOND THE LAGOON

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET ON TROPICAL ISLAND

"God preserve me from rich men's daughters!" Only Susan saw the irony of Gideon North's contemptuous statement. She wasn't rich at all--but she was pretending to be Della Benton, who was. A free holiday on Grand Cayman island had made the deception seem worthwhile, until she had to fool the attractive yet arrogant Gideon. For Della's despicable father had made some kind of deal with Gideon--using Della as bait! "And God preserve me!" Susan prayed.

2498 A GIRL BEWITCHED

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Loving him meant heartbreak for sure! Lisa's letters to her cousin Emma were full of glowing details about the new man in her life, Trent Marston. Then Lisa suddenly decided to marry Richard Southall. What had happened? All Emma had to do was meet Trent Marston to know. He was the callous, self-centered type who merely amused himself with women's affections. And her dear uncle had hired this man to manage the family firm! How was Emma going to cope with working for him ...and loving him?

Emma had been away on business during her cousin's romance. She returns for Lisa's wedding where she meets Trent for the first time. Emma overhears Trent at the wedding being very brutal to Lisa, telling her the relationship is over. Unfortunately Emma ends up working with Trent and going on a business trip with him to Mexico.

BOOK EXCERPT

A GIRL BEWITCHED

She got up and walked beside him down the steps of the veranda and along the path that skirted the side of the house. He didn't take her arm, or touch her. He simply said," Wish me luck,Emma. By the time we meet again maybe Fairley Brothers will have a new look. There's a lot to be done, but I'm looking forward to it."

"Of course I wish you luck," she told him rather woodenly. This was what she had asked for, wasn't it? To be his business partner and nothing more. Conrado was sitting in the big black car. "Your bag's in the back, Senor Trent," he grinned cheerfully, leaning over to open the door.

Trent put a hand on the door. Then he bent and kissed Emma briefly on the cheek. "Au revoir, Fairy Queen," he smiled. "We'll be in touch."

He got into the seat beside Conrado, and the engine began to purr. Conrado pushed in the gear, but as the car moved forward Trent said quickly, "Stop a minute, amigo." He leaned out of the open window. "Just remember, Emma, that you've got me all wrong. You think I've been trying purposely to play the fool and mislead you. But the truth is that I've meant every word I've ever said to you. Cross my heart, my darling girl. Every single word. Think about that while we're apart, will you?"

Emma just stared at him, in stunned silence, her eyes wide. He had surprised her many times, but this was the biggest shock of all.

2546 MAKESHIFT MARRIAGE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN CHINA

Maggie agreed to marry Blake Morden and accompany him to Hong Kong even though he couldn't say, "I love you." She'd share his life, if not his love. Then, on the eve of their wedding, Blake changed his plans -- he wanted out. And pride flew out the window when Maggie realized she couldn't survive without him. So she refused, and risked the worst thing possible -- his hate.

2579 ONE WHO KISSES

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN FRANCE

He would do anything to get what he wanted. Piran St. Just had told her so himself, and Polly was soon to find out how true his words would be. A wife would make it easier to win custody of his nephew Jules, and the little boy had become very attached to Polly during her stay in Paris. Barely a week after meeting Piran, and almost without her realizing what was happening, Polly was being fitted for her trousseau!

2587 DANGEROUS MALE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

"Working for me will be a baptism of fire. " That was Harn Durrant's promise, and he proved to be a man of his word. But the position gave Gemma the experience she needed to begin her career -- and the chance to pay Harn back for firing her stepsister.Yet her vengeance was soon displaced by a disturbing attraction, even though Harn would always regard her as a teenager. "I've never gone in for cradle snatching," he'd said. And Gemma quickly learned that the consequence of mixing business with pleasure ... was heartache.

Gemma goes to Harn's office to confront him about firing his father's old secretary, Beth.Harn has taken over the firm after his father's death.Beth left school at 17 and dedicated her life to raising her infant stepsister,Gemma, and Gemma is furious she was fired. Gemma has quite graduated from secretarial school yet but she takes on the job so she can start taking caring of Beth and for the work experience.

BOOK EXCERPT

DANGEROUS MALE

The smoke-room was empty except for a couple of farmers sitting at the bar and exchanging quips with the barmaid. Harn put down his glass and took Gemma's hand. "I brought you her," he said "because here in public I can't very well do the thing I've been longing to do."

She glanced up at him then, her eyes wide. "Which is," he went on," to take you in my arms and hug the life out of you." His voice dropped a couple of tones. "Oh, Gemma, if you knew what I'd been through since you walked out of the office yesterday with your pretty nose in the air!" He put out a finger and touched the tip of her nose very gently. "It seemed that I'd made a hopeless mess of everything and you'd gone off with that oaf--correction--with that very nice young man Derek Underhill. I whisked you away to London to get you away from him in the first place, and then, just as I was plucking up my courage to tell you I was in love with you, there he was again, holding your hand, putting his skinny arm round you. I had murder in my heart yesterday when I walked into that waiting room and found the two of you!"

Here it was ,then--the danger was out in the open for her to see. She could have this man if she wanted--for how long? A week--a month? And then? She would be discarded, along with the rest.

2650 RIVIERA ROMANCE

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN FRANCE

As and ordinary though competent secretary, Avis didn't normally expect glamorous foreign travel as part of her job -- so she was delighted to be sent on a business trip to Menton on the French Riviera -- and in the middle of winter too! Her client, Mrs. Clavell, couldn't have been more charming either -- which was more than could be said for her disagreeable son Holt, who seemed to go out of his way to be as suspicious of Avis as he could. Yet why wasn't Avis more excited when the charming Paul Taudevin did make his attraction so obvious?

2678 LOVER'S KNOT

HARLEQUN ROMANCE

She'd had enough pain and regret If a knot couldn't be untied it had to be cut, and that was exactly what Holly intended to do: cut the legal ties that bound her in partnership with her late husband's stepbrother, Jared Kent. She wanted nothing from this hostile and ruthless man or his thriving textile business, and she had to get away before she made the mistake of becoming involved with either!

2746 A LAKE IN KYOTO

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN ENGLAND

She should have been happy to be back home. Sue had been delighted when Luke Masters arranged her return to England. Now she was miserable. Luke was a good organizer. She wondered if he'd organized their wedding yet. If so, he hadn't mentioned it--and his ex-wife's words rang in Sue's ears. "He's adept at wriggling out of things at the last moment." Surely he wouldn't, Sue told herself desperately. Luke was brave, honorable, everything a man should be. But, in reality, she didn't know Luke at all. Only that she loved him....

2848 IN LOVE WITH THE MAN

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN JAPAN

This was one adventure her heart hadn't planned As a junior programmer, being chosen for the Tokyo fact-finding team represented the career opportunity of a lifetime for Pippa Marsden. And the prospect of sharing the exciting East with Adrian, the amiable group leader, was a bonus! Pippa looked forward to this trip with all her heart. But when corporate chief Matt Vane high-handedly announced his plans to take Adrian's place and make Pippa his personal assistant, Pippa's heart skipped a beat--the man positively unsettled her!

2985 BITTERSWEET HONEYMOON

HARLEQUIN ROMANCE SET IN EUROPE

Bride for a honeymoon, or was there more? When Fleur Gold agreed to fill in as Eliot Stevens's bride, she didn't count on emotions being involved. They were to take a honeymoon trip to visit his ailing father. In exchange she'd receive assurance that her mother's flower shop would not be threatened by Eliot's development plans. An expert in building restoration and construction, Eliot was an informative companion and perfect host on the trip through the French Riviera and Italy. He kissed her only for his father's benefit. But Fleur, unexpectedly tiring of the charade, began wishing it was for real .. . .

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