Property of A Noblewoman

Property of A Noblewoman

A Novel

Paperback - 2016
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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 surrogate's court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for Christie's 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 personal -- and 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 Marguerite's extraordinary history -- her forbidden love affair and her family's treachery -- is 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.
Publisher: New York : Dell, an imprint of Random House, 2016
Edition: Dell Mass Market edition
ISBN: 9780425285398
Branch Call Number: Fiction Steel Pbk
Characteristics: 397 pages ; 18 cm


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ArapahoeKati Oct 21, 2016

I'll be honest: this could have been done in less than 50 pages. Did I still read the whole thing (albeit begrudgingly)? Yep!

Aug 02, 2016

Typical Danielle Steele!!

Jul 17, 2016

I liked this book. The story line and characters are great. I loved going overseas, feeling as if I was there. The way she handled the jewels and found new love.

Bookworm2847 Jun 12, 2016

Wonderful! I absolutely loved this book. Interesting characters. Great story line. Only Danielle Steel can make it all come together.

May 30, 2016

I read her books as a guilty pleasure as they all have the same basic characters and stories just in different settings and time periods but I still usually enjoy them. This one was the worst one I have ever read by her. Totally implausible situation on so many levels. I really disliked this book!

MirandaRiley8796 May 04, 2016

Wonderful book, loved it, read it in 2 days!! Many twists and turns. A must read.

Apr 18, 2016

Talk about being improbable. This story bordered on "Impossible" rather than improbable. Yet, seeing as it was a Danielle Steel book I guessed something like this was going to happen! Like all of her books the main character here, Valerie, too is a strong principled woman and the surrounding cast is well drawn out. So, even if it is rather crazy it's an enjoyable light read.

Mar 27, 2016

I loved the first half of the book as it delved into a mystery going back a generation. Toward the middle of the book it got a bit repetitive, but the ending is just what you want it to be.

caj1222204441801 Mar 22, 2016

Another great book from her. It centers when out of wedlock mothers were not spoken. She becomes her grandparents child and she knows she doesn't belong. Her journey is amazing. The characters are so alive you are drawn in.


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