. . . an Iris Bromige title
As secretary to Lucille Pallys, rich owner of a chain of highly successful beauty shops, Philippa had a fascinating job, with lots of travel, social life and glamour. She was the most competent and devoted girl Friday Lucille had ever had, and she run through dozens. Then at a Rainwood family wedding, Philippa and Rupert met, and his first impression of her coolness and composure was soon replaced by the knowledge that beneath this, Philippa had her own kind of charm, high spirits, and a great capacity for enjoying simple things. But why had she deliberately sunk her identity into coping with Lucille's business empire? Why her reserve and uncertainty and refusal to reach personal decisions? Rupert was sure of his own feelings and as clear minded as a young solicitor should be. What was needed with his "April Girl" was something different: patience, understanding, a refusal to be discouraged. Lucille, who had other plans for Philippa's future, was implacably opposed to the courtship. In her sister Grandma Rainwood, who held the family clan together, Rupert had an invaluable ally.
Rupert first met his 'April girl' at a family wedding in Northumberland. As a secretary to a wealthy beauty-salon owner, Philippa led a busy and exciting life. Her cool poise stood her in good stead when she accompanied her employer on business trips and stayed in luxury hotels.
But a chance meeting in London two months later drew Rupert and Philippa together. Behind her cool exterior he glimpsed a vulnerable and sensitive girl. For her part, Philippa responded to his growing feeling for her. But always the hidden shadow from the past darkened her mind and threatened their happiness.
Sunshine and uncertainty - she was a true April girl.
|1967||Hodder and Stoughton||hardback|
|1967?||Romance Book Club||hardback|
|1970||Coronet||paperback||Second Impression 1974|
|1972||IPC Magazines||paperback||Woman's Weekly Author of the Month (Vol III)|
|1973||Hodder and Stoughton||hardback|
|1974||IPC Magazines||paperback||Woman's Weekly Library (No 1088)|
|1987||IPC Magazines||paperback||Woman's Weekly Fiction Series Omnibus (Vol 10, No 5)|