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Rosalind Laker Books In Order

Publication Order of Warwyck Books

Warwyck's Wife aka Warwyck's Woman (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Claudine's Daughter (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sovereign's Key (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Far Seeks the Heart (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ride the Blue Riband (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sail a Jewelled Ship (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shripney Lady (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fair Wind of Love (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smuggler's Bride (1975) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warwycks of Easthampton aka Warwyck's Choice (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Banners of Silk (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gilded Splendour (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jewelled Path (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What the Heart Keeps (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Shining Land (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tree of Gold (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Silver Touch (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Dance with Kings (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Circle of Pearls (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Tulip (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Venetian Mask (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sugar Pavilion (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frenchwoman (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fortuny Gown aka Orchids and Diamonds (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fragile Hour (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New World, New Love (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
To Dream of Snow (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brilliance (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Garlands of Gold (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House by the Fjord (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Rosalind Laker is the pen name used by a renowned English author named Barbara Ovestedal for writing her romance and historical fiction novels. Initially, Barbara used to make use of the pseudonyms Barbara Paul and Barbara Douglas for writing her books. But, when the original Barbara Paul came to the writing scene and became famous, Barbara changed her pen name to Rosalind Laker. Author Laker was born on 3rd October, 1921 in Bognor Regis, UK, and she died on 23rd November, 2012. Laker wrote her first book when an 18th century manor in her seaside birthplace was in the talks for getting demolished. She was aware that the house had a rich history being the home of the town’s founder, who was a rich merchant. In 1784, the merchant had invested a huge amount of money for turning the fishing village into a rich seaside resort. Author Laker decided to tell the story of the merchant and his house through a young girl, who grows up amidst the numerous changes that take place around her. The book, called Sovereign Key, was published in 1970 and has become an instant success. Local bookshops had sold out on the very first day and there was a big line of fans waiting to get their books signed by author Laker. She has said she didn’t have any idea that the same would happen when she was invited into various places in the US to talk about her writing and her books. It was because of this book’s success that the ancient house gained the support of the local public, who came forward to help restore it. The success also helped author Laker in setting a common pattern in her future books by developing them as a fictional story having an authentic background of historical origin.

During the early days her career, author Laker was involved in writing serials as well as short stories. Once, she was asked to pen 3 teenage books. The books had originated as her serials in a popular magazine known as Petticoat. The readers flooded the books’ publishers, requesting them to publish more. It looked like they had fallen in love with the dashing heroes described by author Laker in those books. After this, Laker wrote a few books under her original name. She liked writing teenage books and would have continued to complete a few more in this genre, but she was falling short of the deadline to complete a travel book for Batsford. Due to this, she could not give any time to the teenage novels. Between 1975 and 1978, author Laker wrote 4 Gothic novels as Barbara Paul. Later, she used these books extensively for the St Martin’s Press, USA. By this time, author Laker had developed a deep love for the historicals and had acquired a contract from Doubleday, USA to write several historical novels. After this point, Laker’s books began to get translated into different language. Whenever author Laker used to conduct any research work for her novels, she used to feel that the people around her were very helpful and kind. Throughout the years of her writing career, many doors were opened for her, whenever Laker asked. And Laker liked to mention it was one of the factors behind her success as a writer. In 1996, author Laker was working on the story of her book The Fragile Hour when her husband had fallen ill. Laker had to put a halt on everything else for taking care of her dear husband. He went on to make a full recovery, but al ot of time had passed. So, author Laker could not make a return to writing. However, she kept getting requests from her loyal fans to start writing again. Finally, it was after a lot of requests and encouragement from her agent named Juliet, her publishers, and her husband that author Laker began writing again. Laker once stated that the name Rosalind Laker was the name of her great-grandmother.

An initial novel written by author Rosalind Laker is entitled ‘The Golden Tulip’. It was first released in the 1992, and then again in 200y by the Broadway Books publishers. Author Laker has set this book’s story in Amsterdam and has described the primary characters as Francesca, Johannes Vermeer, and Pieter van Doorne. At the start of the book’s story, it is shown that the father of Francesca is a painter and gambler in Amsterdam. Their house seems to be in economic chaos. Francesca has learned some lessons from her father’s studio and this has prepared her for studying with Johannes Vermeer, who is known as the master of Delft. When Francesca begins her apprenticeship, she becomes surprised to find that the rules of the art form were written by her father. It indicates that she must give up all the freedoms that she enjoyed in her home. Also, she has to forget Pieter van Doorne as her friend. Pieter works as a tulip merchant. Francesca does not seem to be aware of the terrible bargain that her father has made for her future. She continues to pursue her affection for van Doorne along with learning the painting skills from Vermeer. As Francesca develops her talents, the land gets swept by the tulip mania. What appears to be a boon for van Doorne later turns out to be a form of betrayal planned by Francesca’s father. As Francesca and van Doorne realize the reality of the hardships in their path, one of the patrons of the dad of Francesca becomes determined to all that he can to make sure Francesca remains within the limits laid down for her.

Another excellent book written by Laker is called ‘Warwyck’s Woman’. It was published by GK Hall & Company in 1984. In this novel, author Laker has mentioned the main characters as Kate Farrington and Daniel Warwyck. At the beginning of the story of the book, it is depicted that Kate Farrington was a young girl when she was put up for auction in a market town of England. It was during the auction that Kate saw Daniel Warwyck for the first time. Kate gets sold to the highest bidder, who is none other than Warwyck. He is known to be the most brilliant prizefighter of England. Daniel Warwyck claims Kate as is much needed wife with the intention of regaining his legacy. Now, Kate had become the property of the hot-blooded, handsome man, neither Kate nor Daniel had any idea of what they were about to experience. Intrigue and danger arrive in their lives in the form of a young heiress, who threatens to destroy the burning desires of Kate Farrington and the driving ambition of Daniel Warwyck.

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