Three intertwined stories to celebrate the the centenary of romance publishing house Mills & Boon. The first concerns Charles Boon's tempestuous relationship with his wife Mary, and is ... See full summary »
Wealthy widower Richard Keaton engages young widow Elizabeth 'Liz' Guinness as the 4th consecutive nanny for his pre-teen, equally science-devoted son Andrew, with instructions to disturb ... See full summary »
Set in mid-1950's England, this story tells of the wealthy, socially upwardly-progressive Ratcliffe family. Their youngest daughter, seventeen year old Vanessa, feels alienated from her ... See full summary »
Journalist Meredith Tolliver is sent to do a story on wealthy wine vineyard owner Francois De Paul. Francois is a mysterious, gentle man who never talks about his personal life and seems to... See full summary »
Robert Cannon has had two misfortunes befall him, his brother has been killed and an important project that his brother was working on has fallen into the hands of the competition. The ... See full summary »
Rich Hungarian-born orphan Katya Davidov commissions Jordan Kirkland to research her past starting from a photograph, showing her as a child next to an elusive Fabergé music box. Luckily ... See full summary »
Just after the First World War Fred Roberts goes for a job as a newspaper journalist and tells the sub-editor how, in the trenches in 1916, he discovered a printing press in working order. ... See full summary »
Andy De Emmony
Three intertwined stories to celebrate the the centenary of romance publishing house Mills & Boon. The first concerns Charles Boon's tempestuous relationship with his wife Mary, and is complemented by story lines set in the 1970s and the present day. Written by
When we see characters moving into new office accommodation in c. 1908, one character unpacks a telephone that he has brought with him. Prior to 1982 in the UK all telephones were provided and installed by the telephone company and remained their property at all times. See more »
What a clever idea! The story of the founding of the Mills and Boon empire is told in three separate ways. First, the real story of the early days of the company from 1908 to the 1920s is dramatised, then a parallel story is introduced of a 30-something 21st century university lecturer leading discussions on the Mills and Boon phenomenon. A third story also unfolds as a would-be author acts out her fantasies in the 1970s. The way these stories are resolved is very satisfying and believable. In their way, they are all Mills and Boon stories and all tell the history of the company's success by demonstrating the attraction of the age-old themes. All acting is first class and the attention to detail in the First World War era is admirable. I've never read a Mills and Boon novel but I would no longer be ashamed if I had.
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