Two families on the verge of collapse.

Small, dark and volatile, Kate Deacon looked much younger than her thirty years, but after eleven years of marriage and two children she felt as though the main events of her life had already happened.

Frustrated by her husband's refusal to stand up to his dominating father, she falls desperately in love with Martin Roberts, the handsome young headmaster of her son's school.

Martin is torn between his loyalty towards his wife and his love for Kate, who has to think of her children; both are in prominent social positions, and cannot afford a scandal. Their dilemma is intensified and eventually resolved by two horrifyingly dramatic events involving the people closest to them.

In this fascinating story written around a Yorkshire family, Temper the Wind skilfully depicts the various relationships between the members of the family, young and old, and how they grow in emotional maturity and knowledge.

Praise for Desiree Meyler:



"A prolific romantic novelist" - Matt Cole

Desiree Meyler was born into a Pembrokeshire family in west Wales. Whilst studying at the School of Art, Cambridge, alongside fellow student Ronald Searle in the late 1930s, she decided to change direction and became a prolific short story writer following the outbreak of War. Her first novel, The Quiet Rebel was published in 1970.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Desiree Meyler's Temper the Wind

Hardback Editions

June 1983 : UK Hardback
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Title: Temper the Wind (A Lythway romance)
Author(s): Desiree Meyler
ISBN: 0-85119-947-X / 978-0-85119-947-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Press
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January 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Temper the Wind
Author(s): Desiree Meyler
ISBN: 0-09-132130-1 / 978-0-09-132130-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hurst & B.
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Paperback Editions

October 2017 : Paperback
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Title: Temper the Wind: A Moving Family Saga of Love and Loyalty
Author(s): Desiree Meyler
ISBN: 1-973193-14-0 / 978-1-973193-14-2
Publisher: Independently published
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