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* Contents derived from the Chippendale,Inner Sydney,Sydney,New South Wales,:Pan Macmillan Australia,1993 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A tale of one woman's driving ambition and all-consuming passion. Sexually abused by her father and raised by her Irish landlady (later discovered to be the owner of Sydney's most notorious brothel), Lenore Hamlyn is determined to escape her sordid past. Defiant and determined, she emerges from her working-class background to become the charismatic and calculating Anthea James - Australia's most powerful and highly-paid media personality. Driven by her dream of achieving freedom for all women, Anthea James has her sights set on gaining the ultimate in political power. But out of Anthea's past emerges the only man she has ever loved, who now has the power to destroy her. (Source: Trove)
'Her mother was a legendary screen goddess who gave up her career to follow the man she loved. Her father was president of a country at the mercy of powerful forces determined to overthrow him. But Noella de Bartez, still guilty over a long-ago sin, no longer feels she has a rightful place in the family dynasty. Wild and wilful, she rejects the land of her birth for the temptations of Paris and London. There, her uncanny likeness to her late mother opens doors to high society, but also entraps her in a decadence capable of destroying all her father has worked for.
'Then a single shattering event changes everything and Noella must find the courage to become a woman who will honor the family name and do her duty to her country in its darkest hours.' (Publication summary)