Carrie Lofty brings her characters to life in this tale set in Salzburg, Austria on the cusp of war with Napoleon. Greta Zwieg is busy forging paintings for her uncle who she finds out is selling them as originals. All she wants to do is paint her own originals so that she can satisfy her own artistic talents.
Greta meets Oliver Doerger, when he saves her life at the hands of a madman. Oliver is posing as his half brothers valet in order to spy on the political goings on within Austria and to protect his family. Greta looks down at Oliver at first when she discovers he is only a valet, but there is an attraction. Oliver discovers Greta's secrets and threatens at first to expose her but a kiss will keep him quiet.
Wonderful story filled with torment, awakenings, family values and lots of sensual tension.