On Sale: July 3, 2012
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In a gripping historical novel of suspense and romance from
the national bestselling author of The Queen's Governess,
two women fight to defeat the enemies of the precarious
Tudor monarchy by uncovering the secrets of the dead...
London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, Varina
Westcott, a young widow and candle maker for court and
church, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen
Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII--carve wax figures of
four dead children, two of her offspring lost in infancy and
her two brothers, the Princes of the Tower, whose mysterious
disappearance years ago has never been solved. Having lost a
child herself, Varina feels a sympathetic bond with the
queen. And as she works under the watchful eye of handsome
Nicholas Sutton, an ambitious assistant to the royals, she
develops feelings of quite a different nature...
Then news comes from Wales of the unexpected death of newly
married Prince Arthur, the queenâ€™s eldest child and heir to
the throne. Deeply grieving, Elizabeth suspects that Arthur
did not die of a sudden illness, as reported, but was
actually murdered by her husbandâ€™s enemies. This time her
task for Varina and Nicholas is of vital importance--travel
into the Welsh wilderness to investigate the princeâ€™s death.
But as the couple unearths one unsettling clue after
another, they begin to fear that the conspiracy theyâ€™re
confronting is far more ambitious and treacherous than even
the queen imagined. And it aims to utterly destroy the Tudor
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