By Lauren Sobka

FRANCE, 1875

After the autumn of the second one Empire, at the cusp of the Belle Époque, Clara Devereaux unearths herself motherless, left with a recluse for a father with whom she stocks the halls of a slowly decaying property - Château Rivière. At twenty-two she has now not been capable of detect the explanations for her mother's demise nor her father's phantasmal lifestyles, and so, unguided and temperamental, Clara unearths no different function yet to spend her days carousing in Paris with adolescence pal Remi.

As the secret of her mom and dad starts to resolve - because of the aid of her expensive buddy and neighbor Christophe - deep prejudices, betrayals, and a vindictiveness distilled via generations are printed; all of which falls onto Clara’s shoulders. whereas dealing with her family's previous, a brand new valet in her father's hire catches her curiosity and explanations a jealousy to spark that units in movement occasions she by no means can have imagined. With what little items of a lifestyles she will declare falling away round her, she needs to locate the unravel to suffer a destiny she can't break out, the lack of all she holds pricey, and the energy to stand the retribution of her parent's mistakes.

Exploring topics of independence inside an ever moving society following approximately a century of turmoil, author Lauren Sobka embarks on a story of inherited conditions, echoes of reminiscence, and the peculiarities of existence you'll be born into. Her settings are imbued with eloquent observations of nature and the riotous, bohemian lifestyles that was once Paris nearing the flip of the century. A gothic novel of the French order, its scenes and characters will linger on your reminiscence lengthy when you end reading.

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