Format: PAPERBACK 5.5 x 8.5, 212 pages
It is the first decade of the twentieth century. The Countess de Sampaolo, heir to the throne of an Italian isle, is a ravishing beauty graced with wit, charm, and a fi erce independent streak. Knowing her ancestors to be usurpers, she decides to single-handedly restore the rightful count of Sampaolo: Anthony Craford, a cynical young landowner exiled in rural England. Under an assumed name, she rents a house on Craford’s estate and sets a ‘little scheme’ in motion… to make him fall in love with her.
First published in 1905, The Lady Paramount is widely regarded as Henry Harland’s romantic masterpiece. It exhibits all of the glittering dialogue, evocations of the English and Italian countrysides, and Brideshead-like nostalgia for old Catholic mores and manners one expects from Harland’s mature romances.