..... and I must say she actually does resemble me: blue eyes and fair skin. I couldn't be more pleased!
Exciting novel set in turn-of-the-century England where a young woman grows up in the shadow of the great estate-and privileged way of life-that was once her family's birthright. But a unique inheritance compels Jessica Clavering to marry the owner of a fabled opal mine and leads her to far away Australia. There she will discover the mysteries and evil surrounding the greatest opal ever found. There she must confront the danger that lust for the stone has aroused even in her own husband and there she must find love.
Drusilla Delaney, the daughter of an impoverished minister, becomes fascinated with the wealthy Framling family--especially with the son and daughter, the mysterious Fabian, and the beautiful, impetuous Lavinia. Through them, she finds herself the unlikely heir to an extraordinary bejeweled fan made of peacock feathers. But though priceless and dazzling to behold, the fan bears a curse that promises ill fortune--and even death--to whoever possesses it….Beautiful Drusilla Delaney had always been a sensible girl, the daughter of an impoverished vicar in Victorian England. But then she became infatuated with wealthy Fabian and Lavinia Framling--and inherited an extraordinary fan with a beautiful and fateful curse!
I cannot wait to dive into these books! They all sound interesting to me. And there's nothing like the smell of old books! Which reminds me to mention that my two dogs LOVE to smell old books when you start to read them! I wonder what goes through their head, trying to figure out where each one has been and what has lead it to me!
Happy Fall Reading!