When Laurel was in college in Berkeley she thought of herself as a free spirit. Beautiful, smart and engaged to a boy from a prominent Boston family - considered way out of her league – she was full of life, hope and every dream a young girl could possibly have. These visions are destroyed as the Vietnam War heightens, her fiancé enlists and is tragically killed. Laurel is stripped of every happiness she has ever known and every plan made. She finds a job in the English countryside as a watchful companion of a wealthy, eccentric woman thought to be the infamous and scandalous Duchess of Marlborough, who has been living a secluded, isolated life under an alias. Thirty years later secrets catch up with Laurel as her daughter, Annie, accompanies her back to the English countryside to finish some paperwork and bury her past even deeper than she already has. But Annie, clever and curious, begins to put the pieces together. Who exactly lived in the rambling, decrepit home, what importance does the old book have that she swiped from her mother and who exactly is her biological father? Fabulous author Michelle Gable takes us on a whirlwind journey through the unbreakable bond of mother and daughter. When the truth is finally uncovered there is nothing Laurel would not do to protect the one she loves. Highly recommend this easy enjoyable read. Ms. Gable’s first book, A Paris Apartment, was outstanding and I equally enjoyed my journey through the English countryside. Although, I note that although Paris is in this title, the story has little to do with Paris, as her first novel did.
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