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Disclaimer in each edition:

As I have personal experience of one Research establishment, I wish to make it clear that the Research Station portrayed in this book, its employees and the incidents connected with it, are purely imaginary, as are Marchwood and its inhabitants.


Marchwood (1949)
Hodder and Stoughton (1949)

Celia had thought she wanted nothing more than to live out her life in Marchwood, to dig her roots in there where she belonged, to be part of it and its way of living.

Looking back, it seemed odd that one man could have caused such havoc in her life.

On the back of the dust wrapper:


Dr. Laurence Deverel was a man's man. Being a scientist, he based his conclusions on experiments which had gone before, and his conclusions about women were not favourable.

The young men Celia had known had always treated her as an equal, given her free companionship she took for granted as the natural order of things. It was not until long after she had crossed swords with Laurence and found hers a double-edged one that she realised the real quarrel between them.

Could two such conflicting personalities make a success of friendship, love, or marriage?

IPC Magazines - Author of the Month
III (1972)

Celia Howard loved every inch of her old home and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. After the war, and her A.T.S. service, she asked no more than to settle back into the quiet pleasures of village life. But her idyll was shattered when her father retired from the nearby Research Station where he had been head scientist for many years. His place was taken by Dr. Laurence Deverel, a younger, more forceful man, with an apparent dislike of women. Celia was determined not to be browbeaten by the man, either at work where she ran the Research Library, or socially when he came to live in the village. And then, to her horror, she heard that the Research Station was planning to expand, threatening the beauty of the neighbourhood she had known from childhood. She was determined that this shouldn't happen, and her verbal skirmishes with Laurence Deverel turned into outright war.

Marchwood (1974)
Beagle Books (1974)

Hate turned to love.

Celia's quiet life in the beautiful town of Marchwood was interrupted by the arrival of Dr. Laurence Deverel. He was arrogant, high-handed, and worst of all, he usurped the very job held by Celia's own father.

Since she was employed by the same company, it was Celia's daily distasteful duty to be polite to Dr. Deverel. And so it was doubly disturbing to find her feelings toward him turning to love - now that he thought of her as a liar and the thief....

Date Publisher Binding Remarks
1949 Hodder and Stoughton hardback Published November 1949
1972 IPC Magazines paperback Author of the Month (III)
1974 Beagle Books paperback

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