I arrived two hours before Miguel, greeted by Angelina Costes, our longtime housekeeper, and her husband, Paulo, who served as groundskeeper. HERE AT GIVORS, A SITE ONCE OCCUPIED BY LOUIS IX, A CASTLE IS BEING CONSTRUCTED USING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES ONLY AVAILABLE TO 13TH CENTURY CRAFTSMEN. “Thirteenth to 14th century, based on the decoration,” he said, pointing at the cover. Which had a majesty about it. Givors was an ancient place that evolved into an important medieval enclave. They’d attended university together, both working on architectural degrees, hers with a specialty in medieval history. As he called it.”. THE CASTLE AT GIVORS WAS DESIGNED AS A MILITARY FORTRESS WITH THICK WALLS AND CORNER TOWERS. She knew he was right, but it was hard to tamp down her excitement. For thirty years they’d lived in a cottage on the property and taken care of the estate. A chill ran down her spine. I think he was a little jealous of them.”, “They had a freedom in their isolation that he never enjoyed. I said a break not a breath.”. “And with that deduction I suggest we take a break. Inside, an object lay wrapped in a gray silk fabric, eaten by time but still relatively intact. “Slow down. Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen Cotton Malone adventures, four stand-alone thrillers, and several works of short fiction. Dozens of chipped rubies and amethyst stones were set into the leather to create a startling resemblance. But facts were facts. She fingered the tattered cloth. Today, that output was used in everything from high-end electronics to parts for planes and missiles. But like Viktor had noted earlier, patience seemed in order. The corporation had flourished. Her chateau was one of many constructed in the 16th century, lovingly maintained through a succession of dedicated owners. Reserved for special texts, like a Bible. Illuminated manuscripts were the picture books, the coffee-table books, of the Middle Ages. She couldn’t sit still, so she brewed herself a second coffee. If you love action, secrets, history, conspiracies, and international adventure Cotton Malone is the one for you. Cotton loved books and owned a rare bookshop in Copenhagen. I knew she’d been taken with Cotton’s Southern charm. A remnant from the past. And God, if he even existed, surely would not have approved of parents and children fighting over believing in Him. Their battles on that subject had been epic, threatening their entire relationship. “It looks like they melted some wax and created an airtight seal all the way around the lid.”. It was su, Author @catherinecowlesauthor takes us back to Anc, I’ve been savouring this amazingggg book like a, I feel like the title of this book could be a them, My fourth #6star read of 2020 and I can’t stop t, Evie Dunmore’s writing shines as she crafts an a, I don’t even know how one reads in bed anymore w, There’s been so much talk about this series, and, At long last, @authorsamanthayoung takes us back t, Another beauty from @ravensburgerglobal. Viktor had been digging an exploratory trench for a new masonry wall that was scheduled to be erected next week when he hit something. Cassiopeia reached out and stroked the latch, then hesitated, savoring the anticipation. The placard near the parking lot that greeted visitors said it all. Cassiopeia is shot at, threatened but she is determined. It sits on a Spanish bluff by the Mediterranean Sea, and bears the name Casa de Hace Mucho Tiempo, House of Long Ago. He had a great interest in hand-painted religious tomes. Yes, she was curious to uncover more. EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Lies and Lullabies by Sarina Bowen. With the smart and capable Cassiopeia Vitt by his side, Malone faces down the world’s deadliest threats—unraveling, along the way, some of history’s most legendary and iconic mysteries. Just an instinct that came from years of digging in the dirt, building a castle. “No idea. It’s not going anywhere. “But that thing has been there a long time. Cassiopeia Vitt has decided it is time to sell her ancestral home. I planned to make a lot more donations too. Natasha is a Book Junkie is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, and as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. And, really cool, a sword, maybe 13th century, in a badly deteriorated leather scabbard. “If there are rubies on the outside, what’s inside?” Shelby Randall asked. His greatest flaw. Her castle reconstruction project was aimed at reviving one of the region’s oldest fortresses, a ruin until she purchased the site and started her project. Staining of the edges evidenced moisture damage. Hundreds of items had been unearthed. But in the end, we all knew the time had come for the House of Long Ago to belong to someone else. Angelina was waiting and looked disappointed to see I was alone. If done, you were rewarded with heaven and all of its wonders. Its binding fashioned of a tooled, dark brown leather. Paulo, Angelina, and I enjoyed a lunch of grilled fish and fresh salad. A pewter cape closure with a roughhewn topaz at its center. The costs were enormous. How long had it lain there? Five years after they graduated, she asked him to come on board and he’d agreed. We reminisced about the past, laughed, and cried a little. When she has a friend come evaluate artworks her father owned and he was a collector she discovers they are fakes. Who wouldn’t be? Today it was called the Occitan cross and sometimes, mistakenly, the Cathar cross. She produced the initial designs and Viktor changed them. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, The House of Long Ago: A Cassiopeia Vitt Adventure. “Ingénieur, it looks like you’ve got yourself a treasure chest,” Viktor said. Strange that I attached such a descriptive term to a man. It reminded her of Notre Dame’s famous rose window in miniature. This leads her on a trail to find out why and then what happened. During their second year she’d shared her dream of rebuilding a medieval castle, and that she had the means to make it happen. With their deaths I became, barely out of university, the owner of a multibillion euro fortune, in total control of one of the largest corporations in Europe. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Viktor nodded. And it wasn’t anything against their choice of beliefs, it was just that religion was not vital to me. “When would you date it?” she asked Viktor, interested in his opinion. A MASONED TOWER WAS THE VERY SYMBOL OF A LORD’S POWER. Thank goodness my father had hired a cadre of competent lawyers and managers. She brushed the remaining mud off the lid in soft, easy strokes. But it was worth it.

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