Diana Author:R. F. Delderfield John Leigh fell in love twice, and for life, on the same October afternoon - the afternoon of his fifteenth birthday. First it was the sweeping Devon countryside, with its flaming gorse and purple heath, that stirred his city-bred heart. Then, his head was still spinning with the image of a dove-gray woods and red plowed fields when Diana rode o... more »ut of the wood to rescue him from her father's gamekeeper. At fourteen, she was a sbeautiful, as regal, as unattainable as a young queen. From his first glimpse of her tumbling chestnut hair and iris-blue eyes, John knew that he would be her slave as long as she would have him.
Over the years John shaped his life on a dream of reigning with Diana over Sennacharib. Against the bitter enmity of Diana's cold and pretentious mother, his weapons were patience and love. But the real threat tohis dream lay in the mercurial restlessness of Diana herself, and in the world beyond the peaceful Devon hills, where Europe trembled in the shadow of World War II.« less