In Danielle Steel’s thrilling new novel, a woman’s legacy—shaped by tragedy, fortitude, and undying devotion—transforms lives and hearts for a while following she is gone, and fulfills now her most precious bequest.
Faded photographs of your glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking assortment of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of the safe-deposit box long abandoned in the New York City bank. If no heir could be identified, the jewelry are going to be auctioned. But who was simply the woman who left this type of fortune without will?
Two people, drawn together by accident, continue to unravel the mystery. Jane Willoughby is often a law clerk in the surrogate’s court and Phillip Lawton a good arts expert for Christie’s auction house. They are simply doing their jobs after they come to the lending company to inspect the valuables in the box. But for both Jane and Phillip the search turns personal—and their efforts to reconstruct an enigmatic life will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, as well as a series of stunning revelations.
Eighteen-year-old Marguerite Pearson left America using a broken heart inside the shadow of World War II. She found a different life in Europe but forever mourned what she left out. As the truth about Marguerite’s extraordinary history—her forbidden relationship and her family’s treachery—is slowly revealed, a lot more people are drawn to the puzzle that Jane and Phillip have pieced together, and something among them will inherit essentially the most unexpected gift of most.