Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Incredibly sad book that revolves around the death of Marguerite Pearson who was disowned by her parents when she became pregnant out of wedlock at age 17. The baby was taken from her and raised by her parents and she was sent to Europe during World War II, where she meet an Italian Count and married him, but she never stopped thinking about the daughter she was forced to leave behind. She dies virtually penniless (except for a safety deposit box full of priceless jewelry) and alone in New York City. Without a will and with no apparent heirs the jewelry will be sold by the State.
Christie's is contacted and they send Philip to appraise the jewelry, he mentions the jewelry and Marguerite to his Mother as they have the same maiden name. Recognizing it as her older sister's name Valerie does some sleuthing and soon discovers that Marguerite was her Mother not her sister. She claims the jewelry, goes to Italy to connect with the Mother she never knew and falls in love. Meanwhile Philip falls in love with the State clerk who first showed him the jewelry.
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