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Patricia Watters


She's the mystery debutante of the season who arrived on the London scene as if from out of nowhere. But Lord Damon Ravencroft knows her dark secret. Three years before, when she was roaming with Gypsies and living by her wits in India, she stole from him a rare and valuable opal once belonging to Empress Josephine. Damon intends to be compensated for its loss, which set him back years in his quest to prove his innocence in a crime he didn't commit. The sizable dowry that comes with Lady Elizabeth Sheffield's hand in marriage is a start. It's also his price to keep her secret from all of London.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The finest black opal known to exist stirred great interest in the French court when Napoleon Bonaparte, at the height of his power, presented it to Joséphine de Beauharnais, who wore the opal with great frequency. So intense were the brilliant red flames emanating from its fiery core that the magnificent opal was named the Burning of Troy. After Josephine's death in 1814, however, the opal disappeared without a trace. 100 years later, it turned up in Vienna, Austria. Where it spent those intervening years remains a matter of conjecture.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or were used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental

Copyright© 2011 by: Patricia Watters

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