Love at the Ritz
Publisher: Barbara Cartland
After her father, the Earl of Cuttesdale, suffers a riding injury, his lovely young daughter, Lady Vilma, accompanies him to Paris, where they are to stay at a friend’s Rue St. Honoré house while he receives treatment from a Parisian expert on backs. Because he is a proud man the Earl wants no one to know that he is temporarily disabled so they travel under one of their lesser-known names, calling themselves ‘Colonel and Miss Crawshaw’.To Vilma’s astonishment the celebrated hotelier Cézar Ritz arrives at their door with a strange request which is to borrow one of the house’s chandeliers for the hotel. After agreeing to help him, Vilma soon finds herself at the Ritz Hotel, where she has an unpleasant encounter with an over-amorous French Comte – and is rescued just in time by a dashing Englishman, the Marquis of Lynworth. Assuming that Vilma is a lowly electrician’s assistant, the Marquis is nevertheless taken with her and soon he is escorting her around Paris, introducing her to all the sights, the restaurants and sophisticated Society. And, although the handsome Marquis has all London’s Society ladies, not to mention the cocottes of Paris at his feet and, despite the fact that his mother has promised his hand in marriage to Princess Helgie of Whitenberg, he finds himself bewitched with Vilma and her enchanting beauty.. For her part, she too is deeply in love – but how can she tell him now that everything he knows about her is a lie?