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Romance Historical | Mystery Woman Sleuth
The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of
the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders
and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown
and its secrets will unite three women across four
centuries in a tangle of romance, deceit and destiny…
In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter
Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl,
rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier
William Craven for safekeeping. In his grief, William
orders the construction of Ashdown Estate in her memory
and places the pearl at its center.
One hundred and fifty years later, notorious courtesan
Lavinia Flyte hears the maids at Ashdown House whisper of
a hidden treasure, and bears witness as her protector
Lord Evershot—desperate to find it—burns the building to
Now, a battered mirror and the diary of a Regency
courtesan are the only clues Holly Ansell has to finding
her brother, who has gone missing researching the mystery
of Elizabeth Stuart and her alleged affair with Lord
Craven. As she retraces his footsteps, Holly’s quest will
soon reveal the truth about Lavinia and compel her to
confront the stunning revelation about the legacy of the
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