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The Burning Glass

By Marjorie Bowen

Paris. Eighteenth Century.

Julie de Lespinasse runs the most famous salon in Paris and regularly socialises with some of the most brilliant minds in France. Her heart belongs only to one – the M. de Condorcet. But when the city’s most eligible bachelor, Jacques de Guibert, makes his attraction towards her clear, she can’t help but feel the same. But his heart is already taken by the lovely Madame de Montsauge.

Both remarkable wordsmiths, Julie and Jacques exchange beautiful letters and fall hopelessly in love – if only something didn’t always get in the way. Will they unite before they waste their lives in regret, or does fate have something darker in store?

Full of yearning and heartbreak, Burning Glass is a passionate historical romance from one of the masters of the genre.

Marjorie Bowen often wrote under the pseudonym Margaret Gabrielle Vere Campbell Long, and was one of Britain’s most prolific authors of the twentieth century. Between 1906 and her death in 1952, Bowen wrote over 150 books, garnering much acclaim for her popular histories and historical and Gothic romances. Alongside masterful descriptions and concise, efficient prose, she deftly rendered larger-than-life subjects in the minds of her readers. Her other titles include The Sword Decided, Mary Queen of Scots, The Queen’s Caprice, The Governor of England, Mistress Nell Gwynn and Dickon.

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