For more than four decades, Sigñora Francesca Ginori has kept her true identity secret. Living a quiet life with her children and grandchildren, she believes she has put her past behind her.
That is, until one peaceful summer afternoon when a stranger arrives at her door with news of the death of an old friend. The stranger knows her secrets and threatens to turn her world to chaos by revealing them, if she refuses to give him what he wants. It is not money he seeks but something far more valuable: the truth about his own past.
Many, many years before, Fate and desperate circumstances lead a young girl into the life of a courtesan and the arms of a man she could never have—or even name. Just as he could never have her. But their love was pure and formidable.
Powerful enough to endure all efforts to destroy it? Powerful enough to defeat a queen?
It is time for Francesca Ginori to tell her story—her own passionate, enthralling truth.
I received this book from the author for a honest review.
I love historical and was super excited to give a new author a try. This is a book about a Courtesan who falls in love with the Prince turned King, Charles.
Francesca is an old woman who is soon confronted with her youth by a strange man at her front door. He is demanding to know the truth about his family linage and if she is that part of it. Francesca has gone hidden for many years and has kept her “old life” a secret. She soon retired to her bedroom and begins to pen her story for us the readers. The young man is demanding information or he will spill her family’s dirty secrets for the world to know.
We soon learn Francesca was actually Isabella an orphaned woman who is left destitute and looking at a life on the streets selling her body for a coin or two. She meets a handsome stranger who would end up being a good friend and possibly her best friend throughout her “secret life”. He helps her and saves her but then introduces her to the life of being a Courtesan. She, a woman who in this society cannot make her own choices or ways, decides this is the life she wants. She ends up meeting a man at her first outing who becomes her everything. She is stunned to learn he is the Prince of Piedmont but to her he is just Her Charles.
The story is all about the love story of Charles ad Isabella. They are passionate and in love but him being the Prince an then King. She stays and loves him from afar while baring his children and dreaming of a time when they might be together.
The story has a murder mystery that was so sad and then a mystery of who is after Isabella and her children. It seems Charles has many enemies who are not so happy that his “whore” has had children with his along with captures his true heart.
USA Today Best Selling Author, Suzan Tisdale, lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband and the youngest of their four children. Currently in year five of a home remodeling project, Suzan believes there is now light at the end of that long, dark tunnel. Her husband promises her that all construction will be done by Christmas. What he refuses to divulge is Christmas of what year.