By the author of The Woman Who Heard Color...
In her quest to discover a medieval treasure, curator Alex Pellier visits a convent in Lyon, but its storehouse of items dating back to the thirteenth century turns up little. Then, Alex discovers a centuries-old poem and sketches. These suggest to her that there may be a seventh, yet undiscovered tapestry in the world-renowned Lady and the Unicorn series.
Now a journey of mystery begins that could lead Alex to a career-making find--and to the man she thought she had lost forever.
A beautiful, ambitious 30-something widow searches for a lost (and possibly apocryphal) medieval tapestry and, with a little less self-awareness, for true love in Jones's absorbing, thoroughly satisfying debut. Outside Lyon, France, a convent is slated to become a hotel, its nuns shipped off to a nursing home. But might the ancient convent's contents fetch enough at auction to save the nuns' way of life? American-born Alex Pellier, a curator at Paris's Cluny Museum, is doubtful, until she discovers two drawings that seem to point to the existence of a seventh medieval unicorn tapestry to join the set of six in the Cluny. Enlisting the help of an old art school flame, Jake Bowman, Alex tracks the tapestry down and agrees to help the nuns sell it. The legend behind the tapestries a star-crossed love between a rich young woman and a lowly tapissier fascinates Alex, whose marriage to rich Thierry was never happy. Jake fascinates Alex, too, and she fascinates him. With all this longing and tension professional, romantic, sexual how could the story go wrong? It doesn't.