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Published: 1975



If Emily hadn’t gone to Annie Richmond’s party, she would never have met the impossibly irresistible Rory Balniel; would never have married him and been carried off to the wild Scottish island of Irasa to live in his ancestral home along with his eccentric mother, Coco, and the dog, Walter Scott.

She’d never have met the wild and mysterious Marina, a wraith from Rory’s past, nor her brother, the disagreeable Finn Maclean; never have spent a night in a haunted highland castle, or been caught stealing roses in a see-through nightie…

Yes, it all started at Annie Richmond’s party.

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I first read this when I was a teenager and really enjoyed it. Picking it up now, I still like it. A quick, easy read with characters I love to revisit!


Emily was my first 'grown up' book and I loved it. I read this one and the others in the series at least every couple of years for nostalgia. Great holiday books.


With Jilly Cooper's deft touch and humour, this is a thoroughly enjoyable romp that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.


I love the way Jilly Cooper write, really colourfully and with great humour. I read and reread her when I need a lift.


This is perfect escapism. It is easy to pick up and put down.