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on 24 September 2011
Lenore Cleremont lives in The Silk House, as house guest with her Grandmere - one of the best silk dressmakers in the business. Wondering why she's not addressed as 'Miss' like the daughters of the house, nor yet a servant, Lenore goes through childhood with a mystery attached to her birth and legitimacy, only knowing that her mother died and her grandmother was taken from the village of Villers-Mure in France, home of the illustrous silk weavers the St Allengeres, by rival family head Mr Sallonger, the English branch of that name.
Whether a 'Miss' or no, Lenore has something about her that attracts people, as well as a keen brain, curiosity and talent at learning about business and the silk industry. Her life is tied to that of the Sallongers - the two brothers, elder evil Charles with his obsession of treating Lenore like a scullery maid to be felt up on the back stairs by the master, and lovely Philip, who has the family's passion for the silk business and his own quiet love for Lenore herself. Then there's Julia, the spoilt and calculating elder sister, and quiet unassuming Cassie, who looks up to Lenore. Together, they will deal with a long-running family rivalry, the perils and trials of business and industry in Victorian times, love and loss and the discovery of birth and ancestry, secrets kept hidden for too long.
This saga story follows Lenore and those connected to her in life and love from her childhood at The Silk House in England to Florence, London, Paris and the French countryside before the mystery dogging her days is solved and she can find her happy-ever-after. A good read.
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