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!Read E-pub ⚜ Spring at the Villa ï Elizabeth s joy in finding the sister she hadn t seen since child hood was quickly overshadowed by shock For she found out that Diana was in love with the same man as Elizabeth herself and most of the cards were stacked in Diana s favorIn such a tangled situation could they each find happiness 3 Stars Orphaned when she was a toddler, Elizabeth was raised by her Aunt and had thought she had no other living relatives She d trained to be a children s nurse and when her Aunt became ill Elizabeth learnt she had an older sister who had been about nine when their parents died Diana had been taken in by an Uncle, whose wife felt an older girl would be easier to manage than a demanding toddler Elizabeth s Aunt had begged to keep the girls together, and even offered to keep both if only th 3 Stars Orphaned when she was a toddler, Elizabeth was raised by her Aunt and had thought she had no other living relatives She d trained to be a children s nurse and when her Aunt became ill Elizabeth learnt she had an older sister who had been about nine when their parents died Diana had been taken in by an Uncle, whose wife felt an older girl would be easier to manage than a demanding toddler Elizabeth s Aunt had begged to keep the girls together, and even offered to keep both if only the Uncle would offer financial support, but the Uncle s wife had taken a shine to the very pretty Diana and the girls were separated Elizabeth grew up to be a very generous and kind hearted young woman cherishing the value of family So upon learning about Diana, she decided to seek her out, however the last news had been that they d all moved to France where the Uncle s wife was from To help in her task, Elizabeth took the position of children s nanny for two very young children in Provence and upon arriving she sent advertisements to various newspapers across France seeking any information on Diana.Elizabeth loves France and she adores the children she s caring for They re staying in a Villa owned by an elderly Aunt while the parents are travelling extensively Life had settled into a routine, until the Comte d Anelle nearly runs Elizabeth over Elizabeth doesn t know he s the Comte, just some wealthy arrogant man so when he scolds her, she insults his driving Later, the man who introduces himself as Louis, comes to the Villa to check that she is okay, and again his manner rubs Elizabeth the wrong way and she spars with him It s not until the next morning when the local paper arrives that she learns that the man she s been rude to is the Comte who has returned to his Chateau with several high society guests, one a particularly beautiful blonde The Comte insists on drawing Elizabeth into his circle with invitations to lunch and dinner at the Chateau The elderly Aunt insists that Elizabeth accept, as this brings the Aunt also into the Comte s circle But Elizabeth doesn t care for the blonde beauty, Mimi, who doesn t hide her infatuation with Louis, even in front of her doting husband When Mimi seeks out Elizabeth and tells her that she s Diana and that she doesn t want anything to do with her, Elizabeth is shocked Mimi married Augusts for his money, but now she s in love with Louis and nothing is going to stop her from having him This is a charming vintage romance with a young woman who suddenly finds her very ordinary self in the midst of wealthy important people She learns though that she rather prefers her quiet life compared to the pettiness she encounters, especially from her own sister Seeing the ruthless woman her sister is, shatters Elizabeth s dream of being a part of a family and leaves her with a bitter taste Louis is enchanted with Elizabeth and misinterprets her loyalty to the artist for love He tries very hard to get rid of the artist and doesn t hide his dislike for him Elizabeth confounds him, as the only woman who seems uninterested to be in his company What he doesn t realize is that Elizabeth thinks that it s Mimi that he loves and that he only tolerates her because he s the Comte and it would be rude not to There s some high drama around the secret of Mimi but it all sorts out and Louis and Elizabeth get their HEA.Edited to add 3 1 2 Stars Browsing through my vintage collection, I came across this one again and found myself enjoying it all over again In 2015, I gave this 3 Stars I ve upgraded that a half star as, for me, this story was still able to charm me Elizabeth is working as a children s nurse with a family on the coast of Provence She took the job to find her estranged sister who was adopted by French relatives after the death of their parents.She meets Louis de Sergeron one day when a party of rich socialites arrive at the village to stay at the nearby castle of the Comte d Anelle.She is charmed by Louis until she realises that he is the Comte and therefore far out of her reach When she learns the glamorous blonde who is his constant comp Elizabeth is working as a children s nurse with a family on the coast of Provence She took the job to find her estranged sister who was adopted by French relatives after the death of their parents.She meets Louis de Sergeron one day when a party of rich socialites arrive at the village to stay at the nearby castle of the Comte d Anelle.She is charmed by Louis until she realises that he is the Comte and therefore far out of her reach When she learns the glamorous blonde who is his constant companion is her sister Dianne it only makes thingsimpossible.Dianne is determined to do all she can to entrap the Comte despite being married to a rich, but much older man She enlists Elizabeth s help relying on her family loyalty.Also complicating matters is an artist of weak character who the Comte despises and believes Elizabeth has feeling for, though she feels only pity and a comradeship because he is English.As you would expect, things get pretty angsty before all comes good for our happy ending Enjoyable I love this old style writing.