|Title:||The Serpent In The Garden|
|Publisher:||The Ryerson Press|
When lovely Gabrielle Dermot left the shelter of the English vicarage where she had been brought up, to go to the Italian Riviera, three people awaited her with very different feelings. Her mother, who had left England years before with Count Gaspare Voltano, dreaded her daughter's arrival at the Count's villa, which to her had become a hated prison; the Count himself was eager, for he knew of Gabrielle's young beauty, and knew too that she could be a valuable assistant; Pierre Ronceau of the French Secret Service waited for Gabrielle's admission to the inaccessible villa above the Point des Sirenes to round out one of the most hazardous cases of his career.
These, and Pierre's English half-brother Peter, who was unwittingly drawn into an international plot because he loved Gabrielle as soon as he saw her, play varied roles in the sinister course of events which threatened to destroy Gabrielle before she escaped to happiness.--foreward. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Dell, Ethel M.
Ethel Dell (1881-1939) was an English novelist. She was born in Streatham, London. She was taught at home by her mother and then attended the Streatham College for Girls where she wrote stories for her classmates. Her first novel, "The Way of an Eagle" was rejected 13 times by publishers. After numerous redrafts it was published and became an instant bestseller. She published 35 more books as well as collections of short stories and poems. Her novels invariably had happy endings. The form of her novels followed popular social ideals with marriage reigning supreme and her heros and heroines rarely indulging in sex before marriage. In 1922 she married Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Savage and they retired to the country. She continued to write books and published her last novel in 1939, the year of her death. (The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers)
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