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Author: M. J. Rose Narrator: Anna Bentinck Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Daughters of La Lune Series Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781520002248
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As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

Nestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city’s fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

So it is from La Fantasie Russie’s workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline’s creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris’s most famous courtesans.

But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can’t deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her.

So begins a dangerous journey that will take Opaline into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress is waiting to discover the fate of her family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rose transports the reader 100 years into the past into a city known for romance but torn apart by war…Rose’s best novel to date.”

    Associated Press

  • “A dazzling mix of history, mystery, and mystical arts…Rose’s paranormal historical bewitches from start to finish. Her amazing ability to make her story line believable and her extraordinary protagonist relatable result in an unforgettable psychic thriller.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Haunting, spellbinding, captivating; Rose’s story of the power of love and redemption is masterful. More than a romance or ghost story, this is a tale of a young woman learning to embrace her unique qualities. Rose has built a novel that enchants, yet allows readers into the everyday lives of people living in a war-torn world. So carefully crafted and beautifully written, readers will believe in the magical possibilities of love transcending time.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “An exciting mix of adventure, intrigue, and romance in this thrilling historical tale.”

    Booklist

  • “ Narrator Anna Bentinck brings out all the audiobook’s passion and mystery. Her cultured tones are perfect for the genteel Opaline Duplessi…Her delivery is intimate, and she brings out all the joy, longing, and heartache of Opaline’s relationship with Jean Luc. The result is a story that will envelop listeners in scenic and emotional detail and linger after the final scene.”

    AudioFile

  • Finalist for the RT Book Reviews Award for Best Historical Fiction

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About the Author

M. J. Rose is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. She is a founding member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com, as well as the cofounder of 1001DarkNights.com. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including RT’s Best Historical Fiction and People Magazine Picks. The Fox TV series, Past Lives, was based on her novel The Reincarnationist.

About the Narrator

Anna Bentinck is a British actress who trained at Arts Educational Schools and has worked extensively for BBC Radio. Winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has provided voices for many audiobooks and such animated series as 64 Zoo Lane. Her film credits include Alice in Wonderland and To the Devil a Daughter.