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A glamorous, fast-paced international epic set in a world of opulence and adultery!perfect for fans of Penny Vincenzi and Barbara Taylor Bradford Meet the original gliterrati set American Heiress Delia Chandler leaves Virginia to marry Lord Ivor Conisborough,completely unprepared for life in London and her new place within the royal circle.But beneath its dazzling facade, Delia quickly discovers a world steeped in scandal. It seems everyone has a secret, including her husband. When Ivor is sent to Cairo as an advisor to the King, Delia must follow with her two young daughters. Like their mother, Petra and Davina are fiery beauties who long to escape the elegant streets and palatial villas of Garden City for the exotic, wild beating heart of Cairo. But their desires will lead them into dangerous territory, shattering their world as they know it, forever. Drenched in glamour, secrets and scandal, A Dangerous Desire is an irresistible combination of real historical events and masterful storytelling. Lead title / A dramatic and absorbing novel of desire, secrets and scandal set against the exotic backdrop of Cairo /In the bestselling vein of Penny Vincenzi's Spoils of Time trilogy and Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substance /Stunning packaging will ensure real stand-out in store / Review coverage across national press and magazines / Competition: Penny Vincenzi, Kate Morton, Imogen Parker

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By Rebecca Dean

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From London to Cairo, in the glittery world of high society before WWII, Dean taps into an exotic and distant world in her page-turning debut. After 18-year-old Virginia belle Delia marries older British aristocrat Ivor Conisborough, they decamp to London and get to work on producing an heir for the aging viscount. Delia is agog at her new friends in high places, but her idyll is trampled when she learns a painful secret about Ivor. Even so, Delia is endlessly infatuated with London, and she eventually has two girls, Petronella and Davina. The family, to Delia's chagrin, is relocated to Cairo on a long diplomatic mission, and here the novel really sings, as Hitler's campaign hits closer to home and everyone seems to have ulterior motives. Davina and Petronella, meanwhile, grow into young women who think of Cairo as home and fall in love with men they meet there. Dean beautifully captures the mood and color of the era--her descriptive passages are marvelous and complement the layered intrigue, romance and deception. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

/ 'An impressive, epic debut' Daily Mirror / 'An immensely satisfying, sweeping saga ...it is one of those engrossing tales that never seems to let up on incident as we belt through four decades full of fascinating detail, skilfully written. A book to curl up with and lose yourself in' Sarah Broadhurst / Fans of Barbara Taylor Bradford will devour this epic as I did' The Sun

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