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France 1845 – the age of scandal… and death.

Beneath the elegant veneer of Parisian society among the intimates of the weak-willed King, Louis Philippe, an infamous triangle develops:

Lucille Dellebeyme, a beautiful and ambitious governess, intent on capturing the heart of her employer …

Camille, Duc du Boccage, born to respectability but eager to fall for her scheming coquetry …

Madame Fanny du Boccage, the rejected wife, driven by frenzied jealousy to fight for the man who was once her lover — and is still her husband.

Lucille becomes any personality necessary to fuel her ambition. An ambition which is cruelly thwarted when she is naively seduced by a gentleman who promises her status he was never prepared to give.

Lucille learns her lesson: trust no one and be ruthless in her quest for class.

Returning to her position as Governess, Lucille uses her powers of persuasion to secure a position in an aristocratic Parisian household.

She soon senses weakness in the mistress of the house, Madame du Boccage, who has long been captive in her own home.

With utter deception and ruthless cruelty Lucille fights for no one but herself as she endeavours to secure the future that has alluded her for so long…

As the people of France prepare to topple the throne, the two women, Lucille and Fanny, begin a desperate battle for the man they both love.

And their struggle unleashes such violent passions that there can only be one way to end it …

Born in 1885, Marjorie Bowen (pseudonym of Margaret Gabrielle Vere Campbell Long) was one of Britain’s most prolific authors of the twentieth century. Writing was more than just a hobby: her works were the primary source of financial support for her family. Between 1906 and her death in 1952, Bowen wrote over 150 books, garnering much acclaim for her popular histories and historical and gothic romances. Alongside masterful descriptions and concise, efficient prose, she deftly rendered larger-than-life subjects in the minds of her readers. To this day, aficionados of the genres covet Bowen’s work.

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