Stolen Grace is a historical romance story based in 18th century Versailles, France. The reader will follow Penelope Moreau, a Creole courtier on her quest to exonerate her brother, Armand and clear her family’s name. The only clue she has is a paper given to her containing one clue “Phillipe J.” She believes it is he who connived the royal theft and once proven, would refute Armand’s alleged complicity in the crime. Pierre LeMercier is also an aristocrat of the king’s court and is fascinated by Penelope’s beauty and intrigued by her feigned lack of interest in him. Though she is resistant to his charms, she does allow for Pierre to become her suitor. Pierre vows, as well as Count Alexandre Montegeau a friend of Penelope and Armand’s parents, to help with her investigation. Count Montegeau is murdered while in the peculiar company of mademoiselle Charlotte of whom Armand has only met once. Guinevere debuts as a lady in waiting accompanied by Pierre and Penelope as they arrive at the masquerade ball at the king’s court. Charlotte is jealous of Armand and François’ relationship and confronts François. While outside Château Versailles, Armand is struck in the foot with an arrow from a longbow. Penelope wonders if they will find the evidence in time. All evidence points to the royal palace. Pierre knows that he and Penelope cannot have the life they wish for until the crime is solved. But who is the culprit and will they be caught in time?
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had visited Paris, France briefly on one occasion. I only spent several hours there while I was traveling to Spain. I only saw a glimmer of the Eiffel Tower in the early morning hours and most of the museums had yet to open. Even still I was able to see some of the historic architecture there. Yet, I chose Versailles, France as the setting for this novel as I imagined what it would be like in the 18th century in this less popular city. Still, I incorporated Paris into the storyline, only after a little research of its significance in developing "news".