By Linda Lee Chaikin
Pursuing the family members identify because the best silk manufacturer in Lyon, the younger Huguenot Rachelle Dushane-Macquinet is delighted to accompany her recognized couturier Grandmere to Paris, there to create a silk trousseau for the Royal Princess Marguerite Valois. The courtroom is brilliant; its regent, Catherine de Medici, deceptively captivating ... and the conditions, darker than Rachelle might be able to think. At a time in heritage while the tortures of the Bastille and the fiery stake are a nearly informal end result in France, a virulent disease of recrimination is relocating speedy and livid opposed to the Huguenots---and because the Queen Mother's political intrigues weave an online of deception round her, Rachelle unearths herself in drawing close probability. wish rests in caution the good-looking Marquis Fabien de Vendome of the depraved plot opposed to his kinfolk. yet to take action, Rachelle needs to stick with a deadly path.
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She drew stationery and inkwell toward her. “You have asked your sister Madeleine about the marquis so many times in your letters. Now fortune has it you are given a respectable opportunity of meeting him,” Grandmère said lightly. She looked over her shoulder at Rachelle who felt her gaze go deeply. “Your grandmère herself sends you to him. ” So Madeleine had informed Grandmère of the questions she was asking about le Marquis. Just wait until I correspond with Madeleine again. Rachelle convinced herself it was worry that caused her heart to beat so quickly and not the feminine excitement of confronting the marquis face-to-face, alone, for the first time.
Maître Avenelle. A trusted messire among the Huguenots in Paris. His arrival is a harbinger of sinister treachery. ” Idelette whispered. La duchesse widened her eyes. “They brought him to Catherine de Medici for some dark reason, bien sûr! ” She shook her head. “Ah, that is what we do not know, mignon Idelette. ” She looked evenly at each one of them in turn. “Yes. ” Rachelle struggled to keep her own fears from surging forward like a pack of foxes. Grandmère sat with her back erect, her frail hands still clasped together.
At the far end of the salle they came to a curving stairway, and at the top, on either side of the gallery, priceless tapestries in burgundy, blue, and gold caught Rachelle’s attention. When she reached a painting of King Francis I, grandfather of the present boy-king Francis II, which was displayed in a place of prominence, she slowed her ascent, her emotions awakened by the sight. She wondered what Grandmère and Idelette might be thinking as they too looked up into the face of the past king.
Daughter of Silk (The Silk House #1) by Linda Lee Chaikin