Violet Elizabeth Vandyke was born on 10 November 1903 in Calcutta, British Raj, daughter of British parents, Elizabeth Lynch and Frederick Reginald Vandyke, a colonial officer. During the Great War she studied music in London, but refused a musical career and returned to India where she married in 1928 Henry Dunlop Raymond Mallock Cadell, and they had a son and daughter. After she was widowed ten years later, she returned to England.

Elizabeth wrote her first book 'My Dear Aunt Flora' during the Second World War in 1946, there after producing another 51 light-hearted, humourous and romantic books which won her a faithful readership in England and America. In addition to England and India, many of his books are set in Spain, France, and Portugal. She finally settled in Portugal, where her married daughter still lives. She died on 9 October 1989, aged eighty-five.

Book List in Order: 58 titles


  • A proper London solicitor meets a topsy-turvy widow... Into the ordered life of thirty-three-year-old Edward Netherford comes the Brockman family loud, brash and demanding the return of three Impressionist paintings which have been retained -- ill...



  • In the village of Outercrane a wedding reception is taking place after the marriage of George and Stella Deepley's youngest daughter. Stella is making plans for a holiday to enjoy the sights and relax in the sun of southern Italy. Eager to rep...



  • In the village of Outercrane a wedding reception is taking place after the marriage of George and Stella Deepley’s youngest daughter. Stella is making plans for a holiday to enjoy the sights and relax in the sun of southern Italy. Events take a dis...



  • In a sleepy village of Downpass, 23 year old Gianna decides to throw a Christmas party. Beatrice Risdon, James's forceful sister and steely doyenne of Downpass life, stands aghast as friends from London and Paris descend en masse for the occasion...



  • With no idea of what awaits her, Philippa Lyle returns to her hometown, the quiet English village of Montoak. Anticipating nothing more than an uneventful visit with her mother and some childhood friends, she discovers that all Montoak is in a state...



  • Richly evocative of colonial India and England, 'A Lion In The Way' is the engaging story of Edwin Brooke, a widower and music teacher in Calcutta, and of Annerley, his bright, beautiful daughter. Raising a daughter on his own, on a modest salary, an...



  • Natalie Travers had only just had her house in Brighten converted into flats, and installed five sets of tenants, when her younger brother Julian sent her an appeal for help. Newly deserted by his wife of one year, he was finding it impossible to cop...



  • A protesting Laura Seton is packed off to France in an attempt to uncover an art fraud and avert a family scandal. En-route she runs into wealthy bachelor, Finch Falconer, the new owner of the Seton family home. Usually easy-going, Laura has already ...



  • Celia Pressley's cottage in the suburban town of Longbrook was not quite what Nigel, just back from Brazil, considered the ideal home for his mother. But incurable optimist that she was, she overlooked the draughts, the tangled garden, the ricket...







  • Natalie Rome, timid and retiring, discovers that a new life at forty is not, after all, as difficult an achievement as she had feared. With new relations and a new home, she finds security and happiness. She also finds a step-daughter as timid as her...



  • At the helm of the family's sprawling import business, London bachelor William Helder unexpectedly finds himself next in line to track down a priceless family heirloom. Missing since 1702, a last antique silver flagon is needed to round out a set of ...



  • For Jeanne, Parson's House on the cliff-top had been a seaside haven. Years later, returning there from Canada, divorced and with twin four-year-old daughters, she could hardly expect the place and the people to be the same. But she was quite unprepa...



  • On his retirement, George Ainstey had moved to Ellstream, hoping to escape from the tensions of London life. His only neighbors were Lady Charlotte Merrion, who lived in the mansion on the site of an eighteenth-century ruin, and her daughter-in-law, ...



  • Vitorina's escort from Lisbon to London wore a cloak of respectability which convinced the child's father and aunts, but even before the ten-year-old girl had made her disconcerting discovery of his theft from the rich, private chapel of her home, sh...



  • Madame Landini's memoirs promised to be sensational. Rodney, who had captured them for his publishing house, and Oliver, his literary agent friend who would handle the business side of the book, could congratulate themselves on a brilliant coup. B...



  • An independent, spirited beauty, Ellen Berg seemed the least likely girl to fall in love with an historic ruin in a small English village. But that was before she was told of her deceased mother's regal ancestry and her legacy of a fifteenth-century ...



  • Neither Stapling Manor nor any of the fine family possessions of this stately home really belonged to Lady Laura, but for more than twenty years she had enjoyed them undisturbed. No one was worried except old Cosmo Brierley, trustee of the estate, wh...



  • Spirited and beautiful Stacey Marsh made a mistake -- she should never have come home for her wedding. She had forsaken her hometown of Dorsham, England, long ago because it was too quiet, too provincial, not at all the kind of place for the likes of...



  • Young, beautiful Emma Challis should have been happy about her engagement to Gerald Delmont. After all, wasn't he a brilliant and sophisticated young man and wasn't his legal career one of the most promising in all of London? Everyone seemed to agree...







    • / Contemporary Romance
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    The Mostyn family were placid, undemanding, without curiosity or malice and totally unconcerned with the outside world. Only two of its members had ever broken free of its benevolent but tightly-held reins. The first was Madeleine, who returned to th...



    • / Contemporary Romance
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    "The Golden Collar" is about to settle round Henry Eliot's neck in the form of beautiful, spoiled Marly Stoner and her formidably rich father, Sir Bertram. As a wedding present for the young lovers, Sir Bertram has decided to buy a desirable piece of...



  • Gail Sinclair was young, attractive and intelligent. She led a well-ordered and enjoyable life in London. But an innocently granted favour plunges her into a totally different world. It started with Anita Stratton, a seemingly charming and modest...



  • Gail Sinclair was young, attractive and intelligent. She led a well-ordered and enjoyable life in London. But an innocently granted favour plunges her into a totally different world. It started with Anita Stratton, a seemingly charming and modest...



  • Tomorrow Lucille Abbey was supposed to be in romantic Paris with the handsome, correct London stockbroker who had asked her to be his wife. But at the last moment she had to fly to the huge country home of Professor Hallam to straighten out a tangled...



  • For beautiful Elaine Tracy, it was a Cinderella story come true. Even in her wildest dreams she had never imagined that she would win in contest a luxury cruise to Las Palmas for her fiance and herself. But they quarrel, and Elaine breaks off the eng...



  • A ROMANTIC REUNION Soon Annabelle Baird would be the wife of Philip Ancell, a dynamic international businessman whose work took him to the most glamorous capitals of Europe. But first he wanted her to meet his employers, and so she flew to Port...



  • James and Christine loved each other almost more than life itself. But James' Scottish lord of a grandfather loved money more. He wouldn't dream of his grandson of him marrying a girl without a title. A holiday in Portugal is planned by Chris...



  • James and Christine loved each other almost more than life itself. But James' Scottish lord of a grandfather loved money more. He wouldn't dream of his grandson of him marrying a girl without a title. A holiday in Portugal is planned by Chris...



  • Attending the quiet second marriage of her own father, Claire wondered despairingly what was delaying her own wedding. She and Grant Hewitt had been engaged since February. Now it was May and ever since his mother's death in February Grant had been...







  • This diary of a mixed marriage is written with all Elizabeth Cadell's verve and good humour. The time span it covers is the year following the announcement of Eleanor and Afonso's engagement; with all the intricacies that result from an Anglo-Portugu...



  • HOLIDAY FOR LOVE Edmund Forth, a successful architect, was wealthy, handsome, but dull. He had everything, including a cool, titled, fiance, the beautiful and efficient Angela. Then he went on vacation to bright, hot Portugal -- and Francesca Nash...



  • HOLIDAY FOR LOVE Edmund Forth, a successful architect, was wealthy, handsome, but dull. He had everything, including a cool, titled, fiance, the beautiful and efficient Angela. Then he went on vacation to bright, hot Portugal -- and Francesca Nash...



  • Jendy Marsh was worried about her sister Nancy. Six weeks before her wedding day, Nancy had broken off her engagement to Allen Harvey and gone away to Spain. Nancy and Allen were the two people Jendy loved most in the world, and there was little she ...



  • The village of Greenhurst, headquarters for the Wayne family, is aflutter with excitement and festivity in anticipation of Miriam Arkwright's coming marriage to an Italian count. All the Waynes descend on brother Nicholas, including red-headed Jul...



  • Jody Hern was a girl noted for her good sense as well as her charm. Yet, awakening one day from a bad fall, Jody was left with a lingering sense of fear and the vision of an impossible scene... She was ready to put it aside as the hallucination ...



  • Three girls decide to share a flat in Chelsea: Denny, the sensible daughter of a famous actress; Chess, the long, lean, tempermental daughter of an Earl; Marya, the beautiful daughter of an Argentinian millionaire. The light-hearted story of thei...



  • The six Waynes, with no parents to guide them, are six violent individualists ranging in age from nine to twenty-four. Head of the household is Lucille, red-headed and forceful, who had mothered them all since she was sixteen. There was no money, an...



    • / Contemporary Romance
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    The Hurst's are one of those pleasantly leisured English families who never have to worry about where the central heating is coming from. They love each other, but don't interfere with each others antics. While in the bleak wilds of Yorkshire...



  • The Green Empress coaches specialised in taking clients of wealth or importance across Europe in luxury. When Angus Graham became “liaison officer” for one of these coaches he did so lightheartedly, but the dangers and difficulties of the journey...







  • It looked so peaceful from the outside, a perfect setting for a charming family. But a time was to come when a stranger stirred up the concealed undercurrents, forcing them to the surface. The wide repercussions had a sudden and unexpected effect ...



  • Kate Verney left her home in London at Christmas time to travel to Buenos Aires to meet her first grandchild! On the voyage she makes friends with Lindy and Rex Barron, two young adults who lost their mother and are on their way to live with their fa...



  • Greenhurst, a sleepy English village, had not changed since a year ago when the Waynes of Wood Mount fought so fiercely to keep their home together and undesirable characters out of it. But now the place was buzzing with news of Miss Cryden-Smith'...



  • Jessica de Vrais rose early on a cool September morning and eloped, taking with her a small suitcase containing her bridal array, and, just in case "Hubert" did not come up to scratch, some diamonds for her return ticket. Panic ensued when...



  • Jessica de Vrais rose early on a cool September morning and eloped, taking with her a small suitcase containing her bridal array, and, just in case "Hubert" did not come up to scratch, some diamonds for her return ticket. Panic ensued when...



  • Trysting Mansion, is historic family Hampshire seat which has the family silver, which is just as historic as Trysting mansion; Raymond Trysting, age 35, the present Lord Falcon. Raymond is an attractive young man with plenty of presence and an in...



  • After a short but happy marriage, Lorna Salvador and Roderick Saracen quarrelled, and separated, and Lorna, all too hastily, left her husband and two sons and fled to Spain to start a new life in the beautiful Andalusian estate, Casa de Nuestra Señ...



  • Into the small English village of Polden comes Mr. Donner and his beautiful daughter Coolie from Arizona, USA. Mr. Donner wants to learn something of the past of a former resident of Polden who, emigrating to America and dying in Mr. Donner's hom...



  • LADY IN THE DARK Paul took the paper and read the paragraph indicated, and as he read, the kitchen seemed to perform a slow revolving movement, and come to rest with a grinding jar. It looked a very nice announcement. "The engagement is ann...



  • Rae knew a good deal about Richard Ashton. Sharing his sister Judy's flat, she'd lived for a year with his photograph: a dark, handsome, somewhat commanding young man. She'd listened to long extracts from his letters and built up a pictur...







  • A tedious journey brings together a handsome man and the trio of young children in his charge with the disdainful, autocratic Mrs. Belchamber who obviously disapproves of his methods of handling children. Mrs. Belchamber was not invited but Mrs. Belc...



  • A memorable story of three delightful girls, growing up against the exotic background of India. The two English girls and the lovely French girl, contrasting strongly with each other and with the exotic, teeming life of Calcutta. Inseparable, they...



  • An engaging story of strange happenings in an English village. But Deepwood is no ordinary village, the flat-dwellers at the Lodge are no ordinary tenants, and there is the matter of two extraordinary gentlemen not of this world at all. Tourists f...



  • An engaging story of strange happenings in an English village. But Deepwood is no ordinary village, the flat-dwellers at the Lodge are no ordinary tenants, and there is the matter of two extraordinary gentlemen not of this world at all. Tourists f...



  • It's winter, and Caroline West has come to the little country town of High Ambo to get away from her late husband's relatives -- and her own suitors. She finds herself immediately put upon as her young sister Iris and then several other relat...



  • A FAMILY AFFAIR When Natalie Rome suddenly found herself married and very much in love at forty-two, she didn't reckon on a whole new family -- capricious Lucille Rome, whose romances were confused beyond the understanding of mere mortals -- and J...



  • When Ruth and Roger Mallard inherit a large house but with no money to keep it up, they decide to turn it into a superior guest-house. The first week's guests were specially chosen -- or self-invited. With them comes an element of discord in the pers...



  • Mrs. Ellison makes a valiant effort to prevent her brother, the Admiral, from visiting her while her children are at home for the Easter holidays. The Admiral, however, overrides all her objections. Unable to cope single-handed with a testy brother, ...



  • At Rushing Farm, the Manning household -- with Aunt Flora at its head -- lives in harmony. With the appearance of George Manning, however, peace is at an end. George is a successful actor, spoilt and selfish. He sees nothing at Rushing but discomfort...


Complete Series List in Order

Waynes of Wood Mount

1) The Lark Shall Sing / The Singing Heart (1959)
2) The Blue Sky of Spring (1956)
3) Six Impossible Things (1961)