Claudine's Daughter Author:Rosalind Laker The magnificient Italian carriage that brought Lucy di Castelloni to the English seaside resort of Easthampton was no more exotic than the woman herself. Beautiful, fiercely independent, and mysterious, the young widow aroused the curiosity of some of the town's most eligible bachelors-and the suspicions of several Easthampton ladies. — Why was s... more »uch an elegant woman traveling alone so soon after her husband's death? And why had she chosen to begin a new life in a place where she was a total stranger?
What no one suspected was that Lucy Atwood di Castelloni had come home-to seek out Attwood Grange, her parents' ancestral estate, and claim it for her own. Born in Italy of English parents and orphaned as a child, Lucy had spent her girlhood in the restricted world of an Italian convent-until she was married off at a very young age to a wealthy but elderly land owner. Now Stefano was dead. And Lucy dreamed of freedom and a place where she belonged-but she was not prepared for love.
Three ardent suitors would attempt to capture Lucy's heart. Could any of these men erase her memory of a shameful, brutal attack in a Florentine villa? Or would they merely prevent her from realizing her greatest dream? The key to Lucy's future-and her past-lay in her uncanny resemblance to another beautiful woman who had died many years ago-and a decades-old scandal that was soon to be revived.
A richly detailed, ingeniously plotted romantic novel set in mid-nine-teenth century England.« less