Diana Comes Home

. . . an Iris Bromige title

Diana Comes Home (1955)
Hodder and Stoughton (1955)

Diana went away to escape tyranny at home, and left behind her a broken engagement.

Now, with a mind of her own and the excitement of a life devoted to a great artist, she was a different person returning to Bryn Goed, to home.

Her father, the tyrant, was dead, but what of the man she was to have married?

She feeared that she had hurt Paul's pride far too deeply for it to be possible for her to live peacefully in the same village as he.

On the back flap of the dust wrapper:

There will be no ghosts to haunt you, her mother said. It was true that her father's death had removed from Bryn Goed a gloom that had cast its shadow on the whole household, but what of Paul?

It was the thought of meeting Paul which had kept her away from Bryn Goed all these years.

Her father she would have faced, as she had often faced him in the old days, for the sake of seeing her mother and Penny again, but Paul Stafford was the sword which kept her at bay.

But five years should have blunted that sword, she thought. And she might never have to meet him.

Diana Comes Home (1974)
Beagle Books (1974)

Marriage to Paul, a respected writer, would rescue Diana from her hellish family life. But a few weeks before their wedding, she realised that was no basis for married life. And Paul, a busy man wrapped up in his own work, didn't see what was happening - nor was he there the day she ran away.

Now Diana was coming back home. In a few short years, she'd become wiser and more sophisticated. She had changed and the home she was returning to had changed. But what about Paul? Would he ever understand why she had left - and would his pride allow him to forgive her ...?

IPC Magazines - Woman's Weekly Fiction Series
Vol 7, No 23 (1980)

Before Diana left home she was young and inexperienced, dominated by her father and her fiance, Paul Stafford. But after five glittering years in Paris, working for a famous singer, she found her own identity. Yet memories of her Welsh home were never far away and, when the great musician died, she gave in ato the call of the distant purple hills. Diana was coming home at last - amture and confident. She was certaon that Paul would have forgotten her and the hurt she had inflicted on his pride. And if he hadn't? - well her new-found independence was strong enough to cope with his reactions, whatever they were.

Date Publisher Binding Remarks
1955 Hodder and Stoughton hardback Published 7 April 1955
1974 Beagle Books paperback May 1974
1980 IPC Magazines paperback Woman's Weekly Fiction Series (Vol 7, No 23)

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