BARBARA CARTLAND A HAZARD OF HEARTS BOOK
A Hazard Of Hearts by Barbara Cartland. Serena Staverley was happy at Staverley Court. She loved to roam the stately gardens of her family. Serena was happy at Staverley. She loved to roam the stately gardens of her family manor and dream of her future love. But then a cruel fate dealt her shattering. A Hazard of Hearts is a made-for-television romantic film starring Helena Bonham Carter in one of her first major roles. Based on a novel by Barbara Cartland, it was released in "This was my first costume book" said Cartland, "so I put in everything - highwaymen, jewels, the kitchen stove." It was intended to be the.
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A Hazard of Hearts book. Read 38 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Serena Staverley was happy at Staverley Court. She loved to roam. A Hazard of Hearts [Barbara Cartland] on cittadelmonte.info *FREE* So she has a special place in my heart and this book being my very first has a special place. A Hazard of Hearts [Barbara Cartland] on cittadelmonte.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now.
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This one is really great. Exciting with a brooding and somewhat dark storyline. The events that occur during story are put together to keep you reading.
Paperback Verified Purchase. Still has it after all these years. Fun read. This story is beautiful and romantic. I love how the setting is described. I can see in my mind what I am reading. A good read. I cut my romance-reading teeth on Barbara Cartland and that was wa-ay back when. So she has a special place in my heart and this book being my very first has a special place on my keeper shelf. I purchased it for re-reading. This is one of the earliest BCs which makes for great reading because these stories were written with a sort of earnestness and greater care lacking in later stories.
These early Cartlands were followed by prolific output via Bantam books which were shorter stories though still fun.
After Bantam The thing about Barbara's heroines is that they are just too young, sweet and spirituelle for the 21st century. It doesn't help that heroines dialogue is overwhelmed with But everything else in her stories is bang-on. The dialogue, vocabulary, phrasing is beautiful British English, I like her plots, adore her fascinating trivias about historical figures and events, her stately home descriptions are to-die-for, I love her masterful aristocratic heroes who in my mind's eye look either like Lord Granville Leveson-Gower or the Duke of Grafton.
Barbara depicts that whole early 19th century world with admirable familiarity instead of mere book-source knowledge. The lovely bookcovers are in themselves highly collectible. If one admires Barbara's works and is looking for a very similar author whose heroines have slightly more gumption wouldn't go amiss with Caroline Courtney's Regency romances.
One last thing- Hazard was made into a movie starring a very young Helena Bonham Carter and the fact that it's a B-movie in no way affects its watchability. I watched the movie and wanted to read the book. It turned out to be a good story. Classic, romantic.
One person found this helpful. I purchased both the DVD and later the book Both are among my favorites and I play the DVD frequently. I am a fan of Barbara Cartland and have quite a few of her novels in my collection, but this one was among her first and is a 'great read'. Difficult to find but worth the search. As an author, I appreciate her writing skills and her ability to run plots and develop characters.
Normally I would not read Cartland but I came across some of the plot whilst researching the Regency Era and then saw similarities there that forced me to investigate the book. Before getting it I saw the cheesy film version which is much more readily available in the teens of the 21st century then the book is.
Where once Cartland was recognized as a queen of the genre, i do not think she holds up well. We have added more history and attention to the details of the period than Ms. Cartland seemed to have here in this sampling of her style and tale.
A Hazard Of Hearts
Where it might be fine for those who like their romances in such a way that there is a hero, a villain, and a heroine, I can't seem to allow Cartland to have a hold on me as either Austen or Heyer does of writers who have left us.
The HEA, when it finally arrives, does so after a storm of drama and action that's bound to appeal to the most jaded of readers. As a teenager I've read many of this author's books and generally enjoyed the light hearted and mostly clean romance that she served up Now, almost 20 years later, I find that I still appreciate her writing style. This may not be the ultimate romance novel, but it can hold its own through its sheer storytelling power.
I really enjoyed the plot as ridiculous as it was in certain portions and I certainly don't mind revisiting and re-reading some of her other classics that I'd read so many years ago.
Four stars. Jan 03, Neringa Neringiukas rated it really liked it. I find about this book, when first I saw movie. And I loved the movie. So, I got the book and love it too. Serena lost everything, when her father lost a game of cards. She lost not only her home, but her father and herself.
Her father was hooked on gambling and in the moment of weaknes, he pawned his own, only daughter. And then, don't being able to face up, what he done, he shoot himself. Yeah, I'm pissed here too. Put his own daughter on game of cards, lose her a I find about this book, when first I saw movie. Put his own daughter on game of cards, lose her and then take an easy way out?
Leaving her alone to slurp his shit? What a piece of cowards shit. And the man, who win the house, Serena, is an old pervert, who drooled over her for a long time. But Serena don't wanna have anything to do with him.
And maybe some angel was looking after her, because on the same night someone else offered to the old boar, to play cards with him. And that someone is a rake Justin, Marquise of Vulcan. And he wins. Justin wasn't especting, that his new charge is a young beautiful woman. So, he doesn't know what exactly do with her. He takes Serena to his home, Mandrake. Which isn't as it seems at first sight. Mandrake has a lot of secrets. Which Serena slowly finds out one by one.
She also finds out that her heart beats much faster, when she is next to Justin. Justin is a cynical and jaded, by greedy women. Which one of them his own mother. What he ever saw, was how she never having enough money. She needs more and more and more.
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And let me say, she was on my shit list from the moment, when she decided to earn some money on expense of Serena. Which leads to her being abducted by that old boar, when Justins bitch of a mother solds her. You are pissed, right? Because I so wanted to wack the bitch and then kick in the nuts of old boar. But don't worry. Serena had a rescue from unsuspected source. And back to Justin. After spending time with Serena, he starts to see, that she is a rare diamond in a fake high society.
And he would be an idiot to letting it go.
A Hazard of Hearts (Saga of Hearts, book 1) by Barbara Cartland
If you love historical stories, this is a must read. PS Now I'm not sure, but it could be that some parts I mentioned could be from the movie. So, watch it too. Yeah, yeah. I wanna you to watch it too. Oct 24, M rated it liked it. One thing I like about Cartland's books is her stories always have historical background.
Hazard of Hearts is fascinating and successfully keeps me glued to it, and I daresay this is one of the best books she writesLord Vulcan is awesome, the plot is quite complex, and I like it when the lovey-dovey scene is put at the end of the story, which makes the whole story 'dignified'.
And I've just realized that Madame never used such word as "orgasm", instead she replaced it with "heavenly". May 26, SallyB rated it really liked it Shelves: Barbara Cartland absolutely outdid herself in HofH. This is my favourite book of hers. I would re-read it every year. It took me a little searching to find an e-book version and finally found a gritty uploady version which was worth it. I think Amazon sells it for a ridiculous amount as it is old and hard to find.
Highly recommend for vintage lovers. May 20, Syarifah rated it it was amazing. I looked for this book for ages after watching the drama adaptation with Helena Bonham Carter and Marcus Gilbert. When I finally got a copy of this book and read it, it was even better. Apr 23, LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it Shelves: By far the best Barbara Cartland I read. Good plot, interesting characters that are not overly simplified, as can be.
A very good historical romance, which I recommand. It is obviously demure. Jun 25, Carolyn rated it really liked it. Love Love Love this romance!
Having said that, there are some parts in the book that I did not like and that didn't make sense. So, this story is about a young woman Serena Staverley who has lost her mother in child birth and lives with her father, who just loves to gamble.
There's this evil man in the story, Lord Wrotham who has always beat her father and one day Serena's father bets everything he owns including his daughter's hand in marriage. So in comes the hero Justin Vulcan, a man known to be cold and has never lost a bet in his life, he overhears the bet, and when Lord Staverley leaves, he bets Wrotham and beat him, but it's too late, because Mr.
Staverley gets into a 'stupid' fight and gets killed. That's the part I didn't like. So Lord Vulcan wins a house and the hand of a stranger he's never met. Serena, is a strong and curious young woman strongly accepts her fate to be indebted to Lord Vulcan even though her cousin tries to save her by marrying her, she meets him and he said she should move into their family home, where his mother is. This is where the story picks up pace.
Justin's mother is an addicted gambler and gangster.
In the book Barbara paints her as getting into everything, fortune tellers, drugs. Some of it is just too far out for me. Serena learns that the rumors about Justin just isn't true. At various parts of the story he says romantic things in a strange way, to her..
There is a big, dark secret at Mandrake, and Serena His mother wants to remain the 'queen' of Mandrake and doesn't want Justin to ever marry anyone and when a terrible abduction occurs and Justin defends Serena the inevitable happens as she goes to rescue him and gets compromised.
How far will his mother go to stop it? There is a movie and it's available at Amazon. It's much better 'organized' than parts of the book. Near the end of the book when Serena is running for her life, Vulcan's mother chases her and stops midway and goes in another direction.
In the movie, she keeps chasing her until she reaches her fate. It just makes more sense that way. And as usual all's well that ends well. You will not be disappointed if you pick up a copy of this book. Apr 06, D. Normally I would not read Cartland but I came across some of the plot whilst researching the Regency Era and then saw similarities there that forced me to investigate the book.
Before getting it I saw the cheesy film version which is much more readily available in the teens of the 21st century then the book is. Where once Cartland was recognized as a queen of the genre, i do not think she holds up well. We have added more history and attention to the details of the period than Ms. Cartland seeme Normally I would not read Cartland but I came across some of the plot whilst researching the Regency Era and then saw similarities there that forced me to investigate the book.
Cartland seemed to have here in this sampling of her style and tale. Where it might be fine for those who like their romances in such a way that there is a hero, a villain, and a heroine, I can't seem to allow Cartland to have a hold on me as either Austen or Heyer does of writers who have left us.
Or more modern writers whom give me enjoyment. The tale revolves around the plot line of a woman being lost to our hero over the turn of the play at cards. I think we are assured now in our study of the regency that even were such play to be done, it would be considered debasing against all sides, and that would mean the hero we learn to know in this story, Lord Vulcan, would never engage in such.
Or should he try, countless other gentlemen witnessing this would stop them. Cartland, though may not have stopped at such a study of the Regency in order to create her plot and tell her tale. I think that is the disconnect. Suspend my disbelief, but do not force me to think that this is an alternate universe. Thus in the end, I can not recommend this work to others who like the Regency, and since it was difficult enough for me to find, 65 years after it was first published, seeing it fade away from the canon of regencies we read might be better than urging any to find it and read it as well.
Jun 19, MissKitty rated it it was amazing. I used to read a lot of Barbara Cartland - they're all fluff. This one is much better. It has a very gothic feel and there is a lot of meat to the story. Truly evil villains, mystery and action. The hero is a bit aloof but it's in keeping with his character and he is always tender towards the heroine.
The heroine is also appealing. Although young, she is capable and level-headed, she also doesn't unnecessarily martyr herself. All in all pretty good read. WAY better than the cheesy movie adaptation, I used to read a lot of Barbara Cartland - they're all fluff. Jul 14, Teinevai rated it really liked it. Jun 21, Strangerealms rated it liked it Shelves: It might sound strange but I prefer the background love story between the brother or the cousin of the heroine and a lady he has his eyes on, it's much more interesting than the main boring love story between the heroine and the guy she ends up with.
Nov 10, Carolina Morales rated it really liked it.