sisters discover passion during the War of the Roses—one in the arms of the
king, the other in the world of silk.
From the author of the acclaimed novel Portrait of an Unknown Woman comes an epic tale of love and
intrigue. The year is 1471. Edward IV, who won the throne with the help of his
brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is restoring law and order after years of
war. Under Edward IV, life in England begins to improve. Business is booming
once more and the printing and silk industries prosper in London.
When silk merchant John Lambert marries off his two beautiful
daughters, their fortunes are forever changed. Elder daughter Jane Shore begins
a notorious liaison with the king while industrious and clever Isabel finds
herself married into the house of Claver, a wealthy silk dynasty. Fate delivers
Isabel a challenge when her new husband is killed and she is forced into
apprenticeship to her mother-in-law, Alice Claver.
It is from Alice Claver that Isabel learns to love silk and
the exotic and passionate fabrics from Italy, Persia, Spain, Tunisia, and
beyond. Isabel learns to make her way in this new world of silk—to find friends
and enemies—and she strikes an alliance with her sister's lover, King Edward
IV, that will bring the secrets of silk-making to London. As Isabel grows in
power and her plan for a silk industry run by Englishwomen is set into motion,
the political landscape shifts in dangerous ways. One sister will fall as the other
rises and choices must be made that will change their lives forever.
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