March Book Hint:
Historical Fiction - Mystery - Treasures - Murder - Earthquakes
This month's featured book is written by TWO historical fiction authors!
Set at the time of San Francisco's devastating earthquake in 1906, the story follows two women who become connected through a money hungry arts philanthropist and the disappearance of his priceless collection of Chinese Antiques.
Two women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship: Gemma, an overlooked soprano who is trying to rekindle her career and Suling, a resolute Chinatown embroideress who is determined to escape an arranged marriage and pursue her craft. Their fated connection happens when they both are drawn into Henry Thornton’s orbit.
The charming railroad magnate’s patronage seems to offer the two women the chance to change their fortunes, but natural disaster strikes and Thorton disappears with all his treasures…including the fabled Phoenix Crown, a legendary relic of Beijing’s fallen Summer Palace.
All that's left after his disappearance is a suspicious death, missing treasure, and shattered dreams. The unfinished mystery seems list forever until 5 years later the famed Phoenix Crown reappears at a Paris costume ball. The two women are once again drawn together, but this time on a quest for justice.
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