Peacham Place: unlock your wildest desires.
In the days of good King Teddy, when only ladies' corsets were strait-laced, the Edwardian upper classes knew how to handle their affairs. But Viridia, the new Lady Parker, has not yet learned the meaning of discretion. In her cosy love-nest in Peacham Place, the voluptuous hostess is always at home, and gentlemen-callers are received with open arms.
With her perfect hour-glass figure and an insatiable appetite for erotic diversion, wealthy young Viridia becomes a bosom friend to many - including the fortune-hunting Bertilla Sayer. But unless she learns to play by the rules, the naive and beautiful Viridia may soon find herself stripped of all her assets...
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.