The Happy Fortress

. . . an Iris Bromige title


The Happy Fortress (1978), cover art by BIRO
Hodder and Stoughton (1978)

Elizabeth had never met the Rainwood family to whom her uncle Derek was related by marriage. But her Aunt Pamela lost no time in rectifying the omission when they came up to Northumberland for the funeral of Elizabeth's father. With his death a busy, useful but protected life ended for Elizabeth, leaving her to find a new home and a new career. But happily two of Aunt Pamela's Rainwood nieces had both married in the north and, what was more, Christine and Giles Coalville over at Castleton needed to take on an assistant in the office of their Cheviot tree nursery. It seemed a perfect opportunity for Elizabeth who took to her new-found Rainwood relations with gratitude and real pleasure.

The problem of her younger sister, Carol, was not to be solved so smoothly, however. For Carol had taken up it appeared with a highly unsuitable older man - a rake, Elizabeth thought him, despite Carol's mockery at the old-fashioned label. But Charles Menteith was a rake, Elizabeth was certain, and when he appeared at Castleton the surface composure of her new life was to be more than ruffled.

IPC Magazines - Woman's Weekly Library
Vol 7 No 14 (1980)

After the death of her father, Elizabeth Blayde knew she would have to find a job. She would have liked to move away from the place which held so many painful memories, but she had her young sister Carol to consider. Carol helped run a boutique and had fallen prey to Richard Menteith, a man with the reputation of being an experienced charmer. Elizabeth visited her cousins, Christine and Giles Coalville, in nearby Cheviot Hills, and explained her problems. Giles kindly offered her work in the offices of the tree nursery business they ran, and she was glad to accept. At the Coalvilles' anniversary party the following weekend, Elizabeth met Richard for the first time, and her fears for Carol increased - he really was a most dangerously attractive man!

The Happy Fortress (1982)
Coronet (1982)

Elizabeth is certain that the handsome Charles Menteith is nothing more than a disreputable rake, and that his growing friendship with her young sister Carol is something to be discouraged.

But when she begins her new job at Castleton the ne'er-do'well of her imagination makes an unexpected appearance, and Elizabeth is forced to reconsider. And more surprises are to follow. Indeed, there will be many ruffles to her composure before Castleton can truly lay claim to its second name - The Happy Fortress.

The Happy Fortress (1984)
Ulverscroft Large Print (1984)

Elizabeth had never met the Rainwood family to whom her uncle Derek was related by marriage. But her Aunt Pamela lost no time in rectifying the omission when they came up to Northumberland for the funeral of Elizabeth's father. Needing to find a new home and a new career it was a perfect opportunity to find that one of Aunt Pamela's nieces and her husband required an assistant in the office of their Cheviot tree nursery. All seemed tranquil until Charles Monteith [sic] appeared on the scene.

The Happy Fortress (1991)
Severn House (1991)

Elizabeth had never met the Rainwood family to whom her uncle Derek was related by marriage. But her Aunt Pamela lost no time in rectifying the omission when they came up to Northumberland for the funeral of Elizabeth's father. With his death a busy, useful but protected life ended for Elizabeth, leaving her to find a new home and a new career. But happily two of Aunt Pamela's Rainwood nieces had both married in the north and, what was more, Christine and Giles Coalville over at Castleton needed to take on an assistant in the office of their Cheviot tree nursery. It seemed a perfect opportunity for Elizabeth who took to her new-found Rainwood relations with gratitude and real pleasure.

The problem of her younger sister, Carol, was not to be solved so smoothly, however. For Carol had taken up it appeared with a highly unsuitable older man - a rake, Elizabeth thought him, despite Carol's mockery at the old-fashioned label. But Charles Menteith was a rake, Elizabeth was certain, and when he appeared at Castleton the surface composure of her new life was to be more than ruffled.




Date Publisher Binding Remarks
1978 Hodder and Stoughton hardback
1980 IPC Magazines paperback Woman's Weekly Fiction Series (Vol 7 No 14)
1982 Coronet paperback
1984 Ulverscroft Large Print hardback
1991 Severn House hardback




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