CHARLIE’S ANGELS meets BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
When seventeen-year-old Gabrielle Beaumont’s father is mysteriously abducted, she coerces a handsome courtier into posing as her betrothed and gains entrance to Le Grand Palais, where she discovers her father is the Queen’s spymaster. Becoming a lady-in-waiting—a spy for the Queen—offers her a chance to find her father. But when her betrothed becomes her mark, she must discern enemies from allies—or risk her father’s life.
My father, like all parents, kept secrets.
He wrapped my presents not in paper or twine, but in mystery—a set of clues leading to a novel I’d pestered him for, or solving riddles to earn a token from his travels. He crafted entire worlds with mere words and imagination, all in an attempt to keep his only child occupied on afternoons when his hands were busy forging weapons or horseshoes. These secrets he doled out like candy, and I reveled in their knowledge. With every clue, I glimpsed the inner workings of my father’s brain, laced with patience, wisdom, and care, and therefore, his love.
But there were other secrets too. Ones he never intended for me to find.
He held those secrets close to his chest, guarded not by latch or door, for I had become too adept at those physical means. No, those secrets—the ones about my mother—he protected with his fiercest defenses, and all the snooping and lock picking in the world wouldn’t do me any good. They were stashed away deep in his heart where my greedy hands could not reach them.
But I had a secret, too.
I was on to him.