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Women's Fiction Historical | Women's Fiction Time Slip
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 intrigue, deceit and
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 the ground.
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 Winter Queen.
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