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The Last Tiara
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Sophia Moon had always been reticent about her life in Russia and when she dies, suspiciously, on a wintry New York evening, Isobelle despairs that her mother's secrets have died with her. But while...
Sophia Moon had always been reticent about her life in Russia and when she dies, suspiciously, on a wintry New York evening, Isobelle despairs that her mother's secrets have died with her. But while...
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  • Sophia Moon had always been reticent about her life in Russia and when she dies, suspiciously, on a wintry New York evening, Isobelle despairs that her mother's secrets have died with her. But while renovating the apartment they shared, Isobelle discovers something among her mother's effects-a stunning silver tiara, stripped of its jewels. Isobelle's research into the tiara's provenance draws her closer to her mother's past-including the story of what became of her father back in Russia, a man she has never known. The facts elude her until she meets a young jeweler, who wants to help her but is conflicted by his loyalty to the Midas Society, a covert international organization whose mission is to return lost and stolen antiques, jewels, and artwork to their original owners. Told in alternating points of view, the stories of the two young women unfurl as each struggles to find their way during two separate wars.

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  • M. J. Rose is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than eighteen novels, including The Book of Lost Fragrances and Cartier's Hope. The television series, Past Lives was based on Rose's novels in the Reincarnationist series. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 7, 2020
    Rose’s engrossing latest (after Cartier’s Hope) chronicles a New York City architect’s quest to unravel the mystery behind a tiara she finds hidden in a wall of her late mother’s Manhattan apartment in 1948. Upon finding the tiara, Isobelle consults Jules Reed, a handsome jeweler who takes a romantic interest in her. Isobelle worries Jules is more interested in the tiara than in her, after he tells her about his involvement in a secret society of jewelers dedicated to returning stolen objects to their owners. A parallel narrative of Isobelle’s mother, Sofiya, as a 19-year-old art restorer in love during the Russian Revolution, fills in the blanks, as the reader learns the tiara was given to Sofiya by Olga, a daughter of Russian royalty tutored by Sofiya’s mother. Sofiya also chronicles her love story with Isobelle’s soldier father, Carpathian, whom she meets with Olga while touring an art-filled palace-turned-hospital, and sheds light on a wonderfully twisty plot involving a man with a Russian accept who seems to be following Isobelle. Rose unfurls an engaging structure that keeps the reader wanting to know more. Fans of Russian history and art will find much to appreciate in this winning story.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Tavia Gilbert provides a convincing narration of this historical fiction set in Manhattan after WWII. A year after the death of her mother, Sophia Moon, Isobelle sets out on a quest to find out what happened to her. She starts by researching the jewels missing from her mother's tiara. The novel is set in both Russia and Manhattan, and is told from two points of view. Gilbert does an excellent job distinguishing mother and daughter, and her delivery of Sophia's Russian accent sounds authentic. Also, her unique blend of accents and voices for other characters is smooth. While Gilbert is the sole narrator of this audiobook, listeners may be tempted to check the credits to make sure. Gilbert is that good. M.L.S. � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine

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