by Brigitte Riebe
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Siena 1348. While running away from her violent husband, Gemma finds refuge with Lina, a wealthy widow who devotes her life to the orphans in Siena. The two women are fighting for social recognition, but then the mysterious deaths of two innocent children threatens to be their downfall. When Gemma escapes from the clutches of her husband, she knows that she will for ever be denied a life as an honourable woman. Divorce is a sacrilege, and so the only option open to her is to flee. It is like a prayer come true when she meets Lina. The young widow selflessly looks after the orphans of Siena and offers to help Gemma. But then, within a short space of time, two children in Lina's care suddenly die under mysterious circumstances. A secret post-mortem only shows that it wasn't an obvious use of force that led to their deaths. Who could be responsible for the outrageous deeds? While looking for an answer, Gemma herself falls under suspicion; she is arrested, interrogated and charged with murder. All that can save her now is a courageous confession at the last moment ... Press Author Brigitte Riebe holds a doctorate in History and spent many years working as a publisher's editor. Her most successful works to date are her historical novels Palace of the Blue Dolphins, The Black Woman of the Nile, Road of the Stars and The Seven Moons of Jacobus.
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