By Linda Lee Chaikin
Pursuing the kin identify because the best silk manufacturer in Lyon, the younger Huguenot Rachelle Dushane-Macquinet is overjoyed to accompany her well-known couturier Grandmere to Paris, there to create a silk trousseau for the Royal Princess Marguerite Valois. The court docket is awesome; its regent, Catherine de Medici, deceptively fascinating ... and the situations, darker than Rachelle may be able to think. At a time in historical past whilst the tortures of the Bastille and the fiery stake are a virtually informal end result in France, a deadly disease of recrimination is relocating speedy and livid opposed to the Huguenots---and because the Queen Mother's political intrigues weave an internet of deception round her, Rachelle unearths herself in approaching threat. desire 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 to a deadly direction.
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Rachelle felt her tensions rise. How pale Grandmère had become. Her black moiré dress emphasized this. Idelette’s lean face with its noble bone structure looked as though she had applied two circles of pink rouge. ” Rachelle asked. Grandmère lifted the fine silver chain from her shoulder on which was hung a round looking-glass and fingered it absently. “Ma cousine, Duchesse Xenia Dushane has sent her page Romier. ” Rachelle lifted her brows. She would have expected Grandmère to be pleased, for it was not often the duchesse called for their company in a spirit of bonhomie.
Fate! ” And his languid pearl gray eyes wandered first to Idelette, then to Rachelle. “I am seeking mon oncle. ” “Ah, then we have foiled one another, bonne sir. If you will pardon us we must be on our way. ” With a nod of her silver head she was moving on her way. 41 Rachelle smothered a smile. ” Idelette asked. “Oui. Most assuredly, ma petite. ” 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.
Of recent days la duchesse had been obliged to use a cane as some malady had weakened her, for which she was being treated by the king’s own physician. She was several years younger than Grandmère, and both Dushane women wore a crown of silver hair, but their likeness ceased there. Madame Dushane was large boned and tall, and her flesh was firm, for until her illness she was fond of riding, hunting with the king’s royal party, and walking in the woods with her retinue. 43 She pushed herself up from her chaise longue, favoring her weight on the black cane sprinkled with red gems.