Do you believe in fairy tales?
I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.
And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.
Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale
More by Elizabeth Blackwell
The Letter, originally published in 2007, was reissued in fall 2013. It’s available at eHarlequin.com.
Elizabeth is also the author of two previously published romance novels, The Letter and The House of Secrets. The Letter tells the story of Cassie Armstrong, who starts to question everything she thought she knew about her family when she discovers a long-hidden love letter written to her grandmother. Shifting between Cassie’s story in the present and her grandmother Lydia’s story in the past, from small-town Illinois to New York and Paris, The Letter reveals the hidden triumphs and tragedies behind seemingly ordinary lives.
The House of Secrets is no longer in print (alas!), but used copies often can be found online.