The Stepdaughter

. . . an Iris Bromige title

The Stepdaughter (1966)
Hodder and Stoughton (1966)

Mirabel Rainwood was a born matriarch, and it was her influence which kept the family together. Living within a small radius, the numerous members of all generations met not only for Occasions but for Mirabel's traditional tea at Brendon Lodge on the first Saturday of every month. Bridget, 'the stepdaughter', had always remained on the fringe of the family. It was when Felix's engagement to Susan Rainwood surprised them all that they began to feel that they should really do more about Bridget, keep an eye on her. For everyone had expected the boy-and-girl friendship between Felix and Bridget to end in marriage, and indeed Bridget herself had never thought otherwise. To have the family's attention focused on her, both at the wedding and later, proved to be a mixed blessing to Bridget, although Mirabel's concern for her was genuine, and the sympathy of Robert Rainwood came to mean a great deal.

The Stepdaughter (1969)
Hodder Paperbacks (1969)

Mirabel Rainwood was a born matriarch, one who used a heavy-handed influence to keep her family together.

Bridget Armadale was "the stepdaughter", one who remained silently on the fringe, nursing her dreams of a marriage to Felix.

But when Felix announced his engagement to Susan Rainwood, the family finally realised that Bridget was someone who desperately needed the strength that could be derived from family solidarity, and they clustered around her in the manner of a mother bird towards her brood. And it was then that Bridget was made to realise that there were many more suitable men than Felix.

The Stepdaughter (1972)
Beagle Books (1972)

When Bridget was a child, her widowed mother married into the wealthy and tightly knit Rainwood family. But Bridget always felt apart from the Rainwoods and remained silently on the fringes, dreaming away her time - dreaming of marriage to her childhood friend Felix.

And then her world crumbled - Felix married Susan Rainwood - and Bridget would have to forget him. But the Rainwoods would not let her forget - they insinuated, spread rumours, and finally accused her of an illicit liaison . . . .

IPC Magazines - Woman's Weekly Fiction Series Omnibus
Vol 1 No 1 (1978)

Bridget Armadale had always felt an outsider when she met the many and varied members of the Rainwood clan. The family connection was slight but Mirabel Rainwood, delightful matriarch of the clan, felt it her duty to offer assistance when dark days surrounded Bridget. Her advice was accepted but Bridget felt less grateful when Robert Rainwood, that lordly, sharp-eyed lawyer, offered his guidence in her affairs. Patronage she could do without!

Date Publisher Binding Remarks
1966 Hodder and Stoughton hardback
1969 Hodder Paperbacks paperback
1972 Beagle Books paperback
1978 IPC Magazines paperback Woman's Weekly Fiction Series Omnibus (Vol 1 No 1)

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