“"Stewart has penned a brilliant grown-up fairy tale filled with unforgettable characters and a magical setting. I loved every word!"
                #1 NYT Bestselling Author Robyn Carr

 

A fortysomething womanís ordinary life takes a royal detour in an engaging novel about embracing a family legacy and stepping up when it matters most.

AnnalieseóAnnieóGilberti is a divorced South Philadelphia mother of two with a nine-to-five job when a shocking discovery turns another average day upside down: her late grandmother was the exiled ruler of a small European country, and Annie is next in line to wear the crown and restore the monarchy. The would-be grand duchess of the Grand Duchy of Saint Gilbert has vacation time coming, enough to take a quick trip to check it out.

Itís easy to fall in love with Saint Gilbertís villagers; its mysteries (why does everyone look decades younger than they claim to be?); her familyís ancestral home, Castle Blanc (so many hidden rooms and passages!); and maybeójust a littleówith the dashing Maximilien Belleme, the captain of the castle guard. Never one to walk away from a challenge, Annie steps up, determined to be worthy of the crown thatís been offered. As she, her sisters, and her children work to bring Saint Gilbert into the modern age, Annie discovers an astonishing legacy of courageous women that stretches back hundreds of years. She knows she has no choice but to measure up.


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