The Tangled Wood

. . . an Iris Bromige title


The Tangled Wood (1969)
Hodder & Stoughton (1969)

Alison was Mirabel Rainwood's granddaughter and, said Great-Uncle Arthur, very like Mirabel when she had been young. Because he considered Alison "one of the spunkiest of the clan" and saw that she was having a bad patch, Arthur impulsively bequeathed her his collection of books, a couple of hundred pounds and the use of his Sussex cottage at a peppercorn rent. He urged her to start a lending library of her own, which was a pleasant prospect, and not let up on his long-standing fued with the big house, Larchmere. This last request presented a problem, for Alison soon found that simply having nothing to do with her nearest neighbours wouldn't work. Moreover, Mark Ridgmont - a foxy character, according to her great-uncle - seemed prepared to call a truce.

The Tangled Wood (1975)
Ballantine Books (1975)

Could she trust anyone?

Outside the air was biting cold. As quickly as Alison's small feet trotted over the frozen ground, so her thoughts spun through her mind. The evening's events confused her. Such contrasts: - one man demanded her attention, the other gave her all of his; one man flattered her apearance, the other appreciated her mind. But still she felt wary, as though both men concealed a hidden menace.

She closed her eyes to quell the rising tears that were not just from walking in the bitter air. Then she took a short little breath, held it, eyes closed, and felt a desperate need to cling to someone ... to sob and sob into the arms of a man she could trust ... but could she ever trust anyone again?

IPC Magazines - Woman's Weekly Images of Love
Vol 5 No 9 (1988)

Alison Blayde, one of the youngest members of the Rainwood clan, began her new venture, running a library and tea-room, with all the enthusiasm and optimism she could muster. The disapproval from her family and the unfriendliness of neighbour Silas Helmsdale only served to goad her on in her endeavours.

The Tangled Wood 1990
Severn House (1990)

Alison was Mirabel Rainwood's granddaughter and, said Great-Uncle Arthur, very like Mirabel when she had been young. Because he considered Alison 'one of the spunkiest of the clan' and saw that she was having a bad patch, Arthur impulsively bequeathed her his collection of books, a couple of hundred pounds and the use of his Sussex cottage at a peppercorn rent. He urged her to start a lending library of her own, which was a pleasant prospect, and not let up on his long-standing fued with the big house, Larchmere. This last request presented a problem, for Alison soon found that simply having nothing to do with her nearest neighbours wouldn't work. Moreover, Mark Ridgmont - a foxy character, according to her great-uncle - seemed prepared to call a truce.




Date Publisher Binding Remarks
1969 Hodder and Stoughton hardback
1971 Ballantine Books paperback First printed August 1971. Second printing February 1975.
1988 IPC Magazines paperback Woman's Weekly Images of Love (Vol 5 No 9)
1990 Severn House hardback

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