The Gilded Mirror

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Anne Davenport is a stranger in a foreign land. An immigrant from Austria alienated from her family, she must learn to survive however she can even if that means becoming a maid. Dreams of returning to Austria collide with her employer Lord Birkshire and she has no one to turn to. Through unwarranted cruelty and social injustice Anne learns to spread her wings and fly. More

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About Danielle Nicole Bienvenu

At 29, Danielle is a professional author and poet of 16 published novels. She wrote her debut novel, "Against All Odds: The Ruby Princess" at 14 years old and published it at 17. She became a professional model in print and on runway at 10. Danielle became a professional actress at 12; doing commercials, theatre, and acting in a pilot series with Haley Duff and Shelly Duval. She has won many international pageants. A former dance teacher, she has been dancing from an early age, winning awards for her choreography and dancing while performing internationally. Like the characters from her first novel, at 18 she received her Coat of Arms from France. Her full name is Danielle Nicole Bienvenu, Lady of Estons.

Danielle began song-writing at the age of 6 and writing stories at 10. Danielle has her Master's from Oxford Brookes University in England in International Law and International Relations (focus on human rights), two certificates from Harvard University in Justice and National Security and a certificate in Counter-Terrorism from Georgetown University. She also holds two Bachelor's degrees from Lamar University in Political Science and French with a minor in Creative Writing. A former French teacher, Danielle is fluent in French as well as English but she also dabbles in Spanish, German, American Sign Language, Hebrew, and Mandarin. After living abroad in Europe, traveling around the world, and teaching English in China, she decided to return to her native Texas.

Danielle is a seasoned missionary who likes beads and feathers. She enjoys playing guitar to her own beat, dancing in grocery store aisles, and singing whenever the urge strikes. She is often found with pen in hand. She has two furry babies, her Golden Retrievers: Duchess Annabelle and Toby Maximus. Danielle is outspoken about being a voice for the voiceless whether it may be human or animal, and is a motivational speaker on overcoming depression and suicide. She adamantly volunteers to help victims of domestic violence and rape. A lover of history, she has dedicated countless hours to preserving historical museums in her native area. It isn’t uncommon to find her in a recording studio or performing her music in her spare time. She loves to read as much as she enjoys writing.

Danielle is also a member of Faith Writers, an online forum for Christian authors. She is best known for her mystery and psychological thrillers, romance novels, poetic symbolism, and works against social injustices. Her genres range from thrillers, mystery, romance, historical fiction, drama, young adult, paranormal, comedy, poetry, nouveau romain, Christian and novellas.


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Published 2011. Written & created by Danielle Nicole Bienvenu.

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Review by: Lisa Williamson on Feb. 06, 2013 :
This is a sweet little romance short story. Set after WW1 the heroine is a sweet thing thrust into a job that we think of more often in the century before. The sweet memories and longing for Austria fit well into the tale but the story is just a little to short for the tale. A few more pages and I think it would be a total winner.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kate Worth on Jan. 31, 2013 :
This is a sweet fairy tale story about Anne, an English girl who is cast aside when her father remarries. She is eventually forced to become a maid to earn her keep and ends up serving a cruel lord who can't keep his hands to himself. Her employer's neighbor, Viscount Alexander Ashwood, befriends her and they eventually find love.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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