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The Golden Illusion

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Linetta was alone in the world. Her dying governess instructed her to go to Paris and seek the help of her niece, Marie. Had that good lady known what had happened to simple, good-hearted Marie -- now the toast of the Paris demi-monde, paramour of men twice her age -- it would have been the last place she'd have sent Linetta! But her instructions were carried out, and inno ...more
Paperback, 155 pages
Published 1976 by Pan Books
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Vânia Nunes
Feb 24, 2016 Vânia Nunes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seguindo a mesma linha de enredo, a mocinha do livro, jovem demais e inocente, encontra-se numa situação aterradora para ela e busca num cavalheiro a ajuda para livrar-se de outro que a importunava.
Separaram-se quando chegaram em Paris, mas ele deixou uma forte impressão na jovem Linetta, enquanto que Salvin Darle, o Marquês de Darleston, ficou intrigado ao ver uma jovem tão linda viajando sozinha.
Encontram-se em outro momento de situação difícil para ela, quando ele decide "resgatá-la" de uma v
Tuhina Neogi
Jan 09, 2014 Tuhina Neogi rated it liked it
Barbara Cartland, I must say, has got an 'eagle's eye' for writing. Anyone who's reading this review should definitely understand the figurative language of using this phrase. Just as an eagle is able to see even the minute objects on the ground, Barbara too does not miss out on a single detail. While reading the book, I wondered whether she visited every nook and corner of Paris before writing it.

Barbara has "KISS"-ed (Keep It Short & Simple) The Golden Illusion. This is my first book of he
Sep 19, 2014 Sumit rated it it was amazing
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Loved our Heroine Linetta...and our dashing Marques.A sweet and simple love story and yet effective.

A few moments/lines that touched my heart:

"I will spend my whole life trying to make him happy,"she said."But help him,God,to love me as I love him,with all my heart and with my whole being."

Linetta knelt down in the first pew she came to ,and as she bent her head to pray she felt as if her mother was besides her.It was a feeling she had not had when her mother died......"....(the bonds never die
Feb 01, 2013 Carla rated it did not like it
Generalmente en las novelas de Barbara Cartland el romance se produce de inmediato, como "mágico y diferente" según lo describen sus protagonistas. Y eso es algo que odio, puesto a que pienso que para llegar a un amor tan "apasionado y mágico" la pareja debe conocerse mejor, que exista esa trama que atrape y cautive, que enamore. No sólo cosa de unas horas.

Esta historia me decepcionó, no me tragué la ridícula relación entre el Marqués y Linetta, nadie ve a alguien y ya piensa en que es el amor d
Arshad Usmani
Jul 22, 2015 Arshad Usmani rated it it was ok
Its not a good one by Barbara Cartland. Because we have enjoyed so much enchantment in the past from her and we don't get it in this book the things we expect so we feel a bit disappointed. A few paragraphs are repeated in this book from her previous book so it felt like am I reading the previous book again. Example-- When Linetta and marquis kiss each other then a whole paragraph about "she felt thrill like quicksilver ran through her" is also repeated in 'The Bored Bridegroom' and many others ...more
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Moc velká limonáda :o)
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Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland was a English writer, during her long career, she wrote over 700 books, making her one of the most prolific authors of the 20th century. She sold over 1,000 million copies throughout the world, earning her a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The world's most famous romantic novelist, she also wrote autobiographies, biographies, health and cookery books, and ...more
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