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Beautiful, resourceful, treacherous, vulnerable. She was a woman full of contradictions and he would never stop loving her. As a young girl Diana is irrepressible, untameable and, to the orphaned John, endlessly fascinating. Only daughter of a wealthy businessman, she is drawn both to a rigorous outdoor life in the west country with her horses and the glittering London society that will be her destiny. They spend a magical unconventional childhood together but Diana’s ambition, her passion for life that makes her so desirable, pulls her away from all that makes her happy. The fierce friendship that grew inevitably to love, develops as inevitably to conflict and a betrayal that will mark them both – until the trials of war offers them redemption.

Reviews

Praise for R F Delderfield:
R.F. Delderfield is a born storyteller
<i>Sunday Mirror</i>
He built an imposing artistic social history that promises to join those of his great forebears in the long, noble line of the English novel. His narratives belong in a tradition that goes back to John Galsworthy and Arnold Bennett
<i>Life Magazine</i>
Seldom has the enchantment of young love been so tenderly drawn as in this story
<i>Literary Guild</i>
Sheer, wonderful storytelling
<i>Chicago Tribune</i>
Highly recommended. Combines tension with a splendid sense of atmosphere and vivid characterisation. An excellent read
<i>Sunday Express</i>
'A charming novel . . . recaptures with refreshing simplicity the awkwardness, excitement and delights of youth.'
<i>New York Times</i>
It is always a pleasure to read R F Delderfield, because he never seems to be ashamed of writing well . . . Today he is a bestseller wherever English language books are read
<i>Books and Bookmen
Mr Delderfield's manner is easy, modest, heartwarming
<i>Evening Standard</i>