A New Life for Joanna

. . . an Iris Bromige title


A New Life for Joanna (1957)
Hodder and Stoughton (1957)

Coming to thye Scilly Isles to work for her living indeed made a new life for Joanna, after her previous existence as a rich man's daughter. Yet it was neither the work not the poverty that were so hard to bear but Don's dislike and disapproval of her.

On the back flap of the dust wrapper:

A few minutes later she heard the front door close. Don would choose to come in now, she thought angrily. She couldn't even enjoy the luxury of a peaceful cry. She sprang up, feeling hunted. She would rather die than have him see her like this, defeated, confirming him in his poor opinion of her capabilities. Had she been less tired and wrought up, she would not have behaved in such a panic-stricken fashion, but as she heard Don's footsteps in the hall, she thrust the spoiled pages under the cover of the typewriter and switched off the light, praying that he would not come into the study. The light from her room would not have been visible if he had come up through the garden from the beach. She heard the door of the study open, and remembered that she had left the light on there when she had fetched the tea.

"You there, Joe?"

All might have been well had she stayed sitll, but, determined at all costs to avoid him, she crept across the rooom, opened the window as quietly as she could, and was half-way through when two hands seized her waist ...

A New Life for Joanna (1959)
Hodder and Stoughton (1959)

Joanna was a rich man's daughter, but now she was poor and had to work for her living. Coming to the delightful Scilly Isles to do so indeed made an entirely new life for her. But it was one that she would have enjoyed immensely, if only her employer did not so obviously distrust her capability for hard work. Yet it was through the disapproving Don that she found the happiness that she had thought impossible.

A New Life for Joanna (1973)
Beagle Books (1973)

Joanna's once-happy life has changed terribly. Her engagement was broken for reasons she dared not divulge. Her expected inheritance went to pay creditors. And now she was forced to beg for work - from a man ready to believe every bad thing about her - and whom she loved....

From inside the front cover:

"Why are you so anxious to believe the worst of me? Last night, I thought ..." she faltered. "Now, because of Melanie's story about my broken engagement, you treat me like a criminal."

"Not a criminal," Don said. "Just a dangerous honey pot to the worker bees. You always did like the sound of their buzzing - but you very sensibly preserve the honey for the highest bidder ..."

IPC Magazines - Woman's Weekly Fiction Series Omnibus
Vol 4, No 2 (1981)

An exciting job in the Scilly Isles was the challenge Joanna had often dreamed of. But, to her bitter disappointment, no matter how hard she tried, Don, her new boss, constantly found fault with her. It was devastating to be misjudged so unfairly - especially by the man she most wanted to impress.

IPC Magazines - Woman's Weekly Fiction Series Omnibus
Vol 12, No 2 (1988)

An exciting job in the Scilly Isles was the challenge Joanna had often dreamed of. But, to her bitter disappointment, no matter how hard she tried, Don, her new boss, constantly found fault with her. It was devastating to be misjudged so unfairly - especially by the man she most wanted to impress.




Date Publisher Binding Remarks
1957 Hodder and Stoughton hardback Published 4 April 1957
1959 Hodder and Stoughton paperback
1973 Beagle Books paperback
1981 IPC Magazines paperback Woman's Weekly Fiction Series Omnibus (Vol 4, No 2)
1988 IPC Magazines paperback Woman's Weekly Fiction Series Omnibus (Vol 12, No 2)




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