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Initial post: Jun 5, 2011 9:45:16 AM PDT
MaryG says:
...for the length and vagueness of this post.

In recent years I've thought of and tried to recall a book read in the early-to-late 1970's.

The publishing date would have been late 1960's to mid-1970's or thereabouts.

Author - frequently Victoria Holt, Georgette Heyer - that ilk.

When: 1700's or 1800's (?)
Where: Probably England or America

Male protagonist: Most likely 30's, wealthy, landowner - estate
Female protagonist: 20-ish (?) - loyal, basically sensible

How they got together:

She was sent for, brought to his manor. He offered to send her brother to a prestigious school or place of employment in exchange for her marrying him. Uncertain how she came to his attention, perhaps her father had been in his employ or had been a tenant and then died. Her brother may be the only close family she has remaining to her. Male made it appear to be primarily a business deal - he helps her brother and she gives him an heir.

Wedding night - don't remember details, but was apparently business-like as opposed to seductive or violent. I remember that the morning after, at breakfast she was embarrassed to be around someone who had touched her intimately. He matter-of-factly told her that it would get better in time.

Their marriage continues and the relationship does seem to be improving. Then, of course comes the crisis. He was away from the house (on his land or a trip elsewhere) and a man comes and visits with her. She does not know that he is her husband's enemy. The baddie may want to get the estate, either by fraud or killing her husband.

He has gone when the husband returns. Either he found out about the bad guy being there, or she told him. He accused her of plotting against him. A violent rape occurs - don't think it was more than a sentence or so - and then he rides off after the other guy. A female servant helps her, getting ointment or salve for the damage the "hero" inflicted on her. Despite being in physical pain, the heroine believes that she has to save his life. She rides off after both men. No idea what happens, I assume that the other guy was killed or imprisoned.

The husband is shocked that she would care what happened to him, after he had raped her and so brutally. He tells her that he had wanted her very badly before they were married, but that he was "trying to not scare her off" by being too amorous. He had been trying to gradually lead her into a closer, more sexual relationship.

The only other clue that I can recall is the feeling the word green may have been in the title...seems to me that the estate or at least the coveted/disputed part had Green in the name.

Up until the rape, I had enjoyed the book well enough. It was working as a character study and I remember wishing that the melodramatic elements had not been introduced into the story. Realize that this filtered through several decades and literally an untold number of books in the interim.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've tried to locate the book using various search parameters, but so oftentimes the older books do not contain a synopsis. This was a library book, and seen for perhaps a week or two.

Thanks in advance,


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2011 10:29:07 AM PDT
MaryL says:
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Posted on Jun 5, 2011 9:24:52 PM PDT
MaryG says:

Admittedly, most of the so-called details are actually generalities. Hadn't thought about it in years, but reading some older books brought this to mind.

Before the last part of the book it was well written (to a young teen's mind), and even then did not degenerate into purple prose.

Anyway, thanks again.


Posted on Jun 5, 2011 10:05:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 5, 2011 10:06:17 PM PDT
Redwithabook says:
It sounds like a good read I hope someone knows this one!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 1:15:25 AM PDT
JennyG. says:
Do you remember anything else? Are you sure it was published around 1960s-1970s and not later?


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 8:23:00 AM PDT
MaryG says:
Hi Jenny,

The only absolute as far as publishing date goes is that it was before January 1981 - the reason being that it was a library book from California, and my family moved from there at that point in time. Also it was checked out by my mother - under 16 years of age, collections were delineated. That would place it pre-1976.

Sorry to be so vague.

Take Care,


Posted on Jun 6, 2011 9:12:03 AM PDT
E. Burns says:
It actually sounds like a book I read in HS around 1973 or later.... I remember the much of what you've posted--- it was an AVON book and the woman on the cover was a blonde (I thought the book was cool and my soon to be a missionary best friend thought it was trash!)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 9:52:15 AM PDT
MaryG says:
Thank you!

I was clueless as to who the publisher might have been - that gives me an additional search parameter.

Take Care,


Posted on Jun 6, 2011 9:56:43 AM PDT
E. Burns says:
I can still see the cover, green and blue with a blonde woman on the cover (getting out of a carriage). I remember the arranged marriage and the coolness in the beginning. The rape too (though I don't remember the reasons why). If anyone remembers the book-- I'd be thrilled too! I think it was published around the time of The Flame and the Flower and Sweet Savage Love (1972-1974)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 10:25:15 AM PDT
JennyG. says:
Could it be one of Barbara Cartland books?

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 10:29:34 AM PDT
E. Burns says:
The sex was graphic (she was injured and bleeding in the genital area). I don't think Cartland went that far.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 10:43:37 AM PDT
MaryG says:
Hi Jenny,

Definitely not Barbara Cartland. Different style of writing and circumstances.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 10:47:51 AM PDT
MaryG says:
The cover description may be why the word "Green" pops up in my memory <g>.

Another faint impression - the other guy may have been either a relative of the husband (inheritance issue) or his steward (fraud).

Seriously, checking the local ubs with what you've mentioned will be helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 10:54:06 AM PDT
JennyG. says:
Maybe Devil's Desire by Lauri McBain?

It was first published in 1976 and re-published last year. It's been awhile since I read it but I think it has some if not all of the elements you describe.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 11:01:52 AM PDT
MaryG says:
Thank you Jenny, but reading the description this was definitely not the book.


Posted on Jun 6, 2011 11:05:36 AM PDT
E. Burns says:
I graduated HS in 1974 and I remember sitting outside on break reading it and passing it to friends (we'd each read a chapter and pass it). So it was before then.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 11:18:53 AM PDT
Now I'm frustrated, because I can almost remember reading this book, but can't for the life of me remember the name! If I'm remembering rightly, Hero met Heroine because her father owed Hero gambling debts, and when the father died, Hero came to collect.

If someone remembers this book, I want to know the name, too!

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 11:37:11 AM PDT
E. Burns says:
Is there a listing of when books were published by a publishing house?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2011 11:56:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2011 11:57:17 AM PDT
JennyG. says:
You can visit and use their search. Type in Avon and the year and a list of books will appear. You then have to wade through them. Not all of the books have the synpsis available but maybe an author's name or title might trigger a memory.

I tried doing it but lost the patience. I'll try again later.

I hope we find this.

P.S. Did this book feature multiple partners, cheating and/or rape of the heroine by another man/men?


Posted on Jun 6, 2011 11:59:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2011 12:22:13 PM PDT
Jenny_C says:

Maybe this will help??? I tried Googling "books published in 1973" as a guess... got a link but I cannot access Goodreads at work..... the hospital blocks it.

Also maybe

If it is Heyer, I found some on this site with blue/green in the covers

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 12:03:16 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Do you remember the H or h's name by any chance?

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 12:06:15 PM PDT
E. Burns says:
>>P.S. Did this book feature multiple partners, cheating and/or rape of the heroine by another man/men?>>
Nope. Just her and her hubby as the main characters.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 12:52:12 PM PDT
Denise H. says:
Check out Fantastic Fiction and under book search type in green. The will list all the books with the name green in the title. Plus they also list the year the book was written. I have found several books that way.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 1:04:36 PM PDT
boogenhagen says:
Fielding's Folly by Frances Parkinson Keyes was published by Avon in 1975, right after Rosemary Rogers Dark Fires. I can't find a synopsis, just a blurb stating it is a marriage between a Northerner and a Southerner, the hardback cover is green though.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 1:16:24 PM PDT
MaryG: Please let us know when you find it. Thanks, Angela
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