I’m looking for a really special book. When I was a freshman in high
school, our school library was full of old books from the sixties and
seventies that no one had read or even leafed through since 1987. When I
found this book, I spent 10 minutes out of my lunch period for weeks reading
it, not checking it out, just a few pages then putting it back. It was about
a British or American daughter of a painting restorer who, after her father
died, had to travel to France to fulfill her father’s last contract. Her
employer was, I think, an extremely handsome, wealthy widower with a young
daughter who didn’t really want this presumptuous miss to handle his
damaged works of art. He relented after a while, of course. And then fell in
love with her (duh). The plot turned to some missing family jewels, and I
think the widowers’ brother had something to do with their disappearance.
It was a romantic, dreamy book that I remember with a lot of fondness.
Please help me find it!
This was how I found Susan Elizabeth Phillips – I started reading “First Lady” in line at the drugstore near my grad school, and stood there for nearly half an hour, letting people go ahead of me. I couldn’t afford the paperback, if I recall. But eventually I went back because I was totally hooked. And I still remember that book, like Annie says, with fondness. An unexpected find that rocked.
Do you have an unexpected find in your romance history? And, more importantly, do you remember this one?