Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from one of revelry to tragedy. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations—and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.
For the Love of Liberty
Novelist Liberty Ridley, participating in a genetic recall study, experiences an ancestor’s memory from the Autumn of 1777. Stunned by the detail of the “recollection,” she is even more amazed to find she’s intensely drawn to Martin Hemsworth–a man dead for two centuries. The feelings must belong to Liberty’s ancestor. She couldn’t be in love with a ghost, a mere shadow from the past.