Peacham Place: unlock your wildest desires.
Beautiful young flower-seller Poppy Field cannot believe her luck when chance throws her into the arms of the dashing Lord Reginald Rover. All her life she has longed for an elevated existence and now, under the patronage of His Lordship, she has the opportunity to be schooled in the ways of the Edwardian nobility.
And one of those ways is a certain liberty in social connections. The upper classes, she soon discovers, are encouraged to be more generous with their affections than the lower orders. In these circumstances, Poppy's ravishing titian curls, classic hour-glass figure and complaint nature guarantee her popularity. Indeed her new life would be perfect, were it not for the compromising exploits of her shameless twin sister, Lily...
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.