A poignant and thrilling tale of intrigue, mystery and romance, set in the dramatic landscape of England’s Lake District.
Shortly after her mother’s death in a plane crash, Jo is sent from the London auction house where she works to the remote and mysterious Thirlbeck – stately home of the Earl of Askew. Jo soon finds herself drawn into the complex lives of Thirlbeck’s past and present inhabitants, each with their own secrets and desires.
War hero Robert Birkett, the Earl of Askew, has returned to Thirlbeck after many years abroad. Carlota, a beautiful Spanish aristocrat, is his sophisticated yet possessive companion.
Brooding Nat Birkett, a distant cousin of the earl, is the reluctant heir to Thirlbeck. His passion is for the land rather than titles and possessions.
During her stay, Jo is absorbed by the tragic story of The Spanish Lady, whose young life was cut short at Thirlbeck many centuries before. She also encounters La Española, the brilliant diamond which, according to legend, brings disaster to all who try to possess it.
And Jo is shocked to learn of her own mother’s past connection to Thirlbeck and the danger it poses to Jo in the present day.