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Folly / Alan Titchmarsh.

By: Titchmarsh, Alan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2008Description: 340 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780340936863.Subject(s): Auctioneers -- Fiction | Vendetta -- Fiction | Family secrets -- Fiction | Bath (England) -- FictionGenre/Form: Domestic fiction. | Romance fiction. | General fiction.DDC classification: 823.92 Subject: Jamie Ballantyne and Artemis King were never meant to fall in love. The feud between their families has run for generations. But whatever Jamie's head might tell him, his heart will always belong to Artemis. After fifty years, perhaps it's time for the Kings and the Ballantynes to bury the hatchet. But when they begin to uncover their shared past, what they find will rock the foundations of both families, as a web of deceit and intrigue is ruinously exposed.
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For three generations the family-run auction houses of the Ballantynes and the Kings have been fierce rivals. The grandparents Henry Ballantyne and Richard King were once best friends, despite their different backgrounds but then they fell for the same girl, Eleanor Faraday. Eleanor eventually picked Henry and the seeds were sown for a bitter feud that flourished between the two clans for over six decades.
But as both firms prepare to celebrate their half century, two of the grandchildren, Jamie Ballantyne and Artemis King, decide it's time to bury the hatchet and arrange a shared party for both families. Things don't go according to plan though and revelations at the party rock the foundations of both families, as a web of deceit and intrigue, forgery and fraud are ruinously exposed.

Jamie and Artemis uncover secrets that were better left undisturbed, but their discovery brings them closer together and they find themselves falling in love. Will their love be strong enough to survive the scandal they have unwittingly revealed?

Jamie Ballantyne and Artemis King were never meant to fall in love. The feud between their families has run for generations. But whatever Jamie's head might tell him, his heart will always belong to Artemis. After fifty years, perhaps it's time for the Kings and the Ballantynes to bury the hatchet. But when they begin to uncover their shared past, what they find will rock the foundations of both families, as a web of deceit and intrigue is ruinously exposed.

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Publishers Weekly Review

British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.