In Danielle SteelÃ¢ÂÂs thrilling novel, a womanÃ¢ÂÂs legacyÃ¢ÂÂshaped by tragedy, fortitude, and undying devotionÃ¢ÂÂtransforms lives and hearts long after she is gone, and fulfills at last her most precious bequest.
Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?
Two people, drawn together by chance, begin to unravel the mystery. Jane Willoughby is a law clerk at the surrogateÃ¢ÂÂs court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for ChristieÃ¢ÂÂs auction house. They are simply doing their jobs when they come to the bank to inspect the contents of the box. But for both Jane and Phillip the search turns personalÃ¢ÂÂand their efforts to reconstruct an enigmatic life will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, and a series of stunning revelations.
Eighteen-year-old Marguerite Pearson left America with a broken heart in the shadow of World War II. She found a new life in Europe but forever mourned what she left behind. As the truth about MargueriteÃ¢ÂÂs extraordinary historyÃ¢ÂÂher forbidden love affair and her familyÃ¢ÂÂs treacheryÃ¢ÂÂis slowly revealed, more people are drawn into the puzzle that Jane and Phillip have pieced together, and one among them will inherit the most unexpected gift of all.
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