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“Kearsley's latest novel is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of two women brought together by a mysterious journal. Sarah travels to France to break the code of a journal written nearly 300 years ago by Mary Dundas, a young woman unwittingly caught up in the political exile of the Jacobites. As the story shifts between past and present, similar challenges and strengths of character in the two women emerge. A Desperate Fortune provides a satisfying read through a captivating blend of history, intrigue, and romance.”
— Laura Schiller (W), MacDonald Book Shop, Estes Park, CO
"Fascinating and immersive... I love a novel that deals with the many ways in which people keep their secrets."--Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outlander
Beloved New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley delivers a riveting novel that deftly intertwines the tales of two women, divided by centuries and forever changed by a clash of love and fate.
For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has kept its secrets. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas travels to Paris to crack the cipher.
Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing-for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.
As Mary's gripping tale of rebellion and betrayal is revealed to her, Sara faces events in her own life that require letting go of everything she thought she knew-about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women are united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the unlikely coincidences of fate.
"A grand adventure...Susanna Kearsley just keeps getting better and better " --LAUREN WILLIG, New York Times bestselling author