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Five People

By Marjorie Bowen

Three countries, five people, one kaleidoscopic love story.

Set among the cosmopolitan elite of England, France and Belgium, Five People tells the story of Helen St. Luc, a woman with the virtues of wealth, beauty and youth.

She is happy, though doubt lingers in the back of her mind, for she cannot decide whether her love for the handsome, yet troubled, Louis Van Quellin, is in its entirety, true.

And when Helen receives a letter from her long-lost cousin, Pauline, living in poverty in London, her life is set on a course that could destroy the happiness she has enjoyed.

As ghosts of the past threaten to come between the two, and engulf Louis’ frail sister, Helen and Pauline must find a way to discover the truth – about their shared history, about their feelings – and so reconcile their differences.

Born in 1885, Marjorie Bowen (pseudonym of Margaret Gabrielle Vere Campbell Long) was one of Britain’s most prolific authors of the twentieth century. Writing was more than just a hobby: her works were the primary source of financial support for her family. Between 1906 and her death in 1952, Bowen wrote over 150 books, garnering much acclaim for her popular histories and historical and gothic romances. Alongside masterful descriptions and concise, efficient prose, she deftly rendered larger-than-life subjects in the minds of her readers. To this day, aficionados of the genres covet Bowen’s work.

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