Napoleon’s Glass is based on the real-life story of a tragic French heroine named Adele Vignoli. When her father, the Marquis Thierry Valentin, is forced to flee France to escape the guillotine, Adele must support herself and her mother.
With the help of Josephine Bonaparte, she is appointed brodeuse (embroiderer) to the Queen of Westphalia. She lives a luxurious lifestyle until the Cossacks sack the city and her mother dies as they escape the devastation. Destitute, she cuts off her hair, dresses as a man, and works in a field hospital where she learns the art of healing.
After the Napoleonic wars, Adele is employed as a lady’s maid to Napoleon’s sister, Caroline, and an Italian Marquise. She marries a dashing Papal guard, but on learning of his infidelity, she leaves him to live her own life. Penniless and in poor health, she is on the verge of prostitution when she is saved by an English lord who takes her back to Ireland. Here she meets the love of her life.
With a passion for social equality and an independent spirit, she moved from royal courts to battlefields, from country mansions to dirt hovels, never giving up her fight against social injustice and the hope of finding her missing father
The Invitation: A Tale of Greed, Adultery and Political Turmoil
Richard Cadwallader is a self-made millionaire and international tycoon. His wife, Charlotte, is a beautiful society hostess. Envied for their wealth and success, their lives appear to be perfect. That is, until they get caught up in the turmoil of the pro-democracy movement in China and its tragic consequences.
Powerful forces are at work to bring about Richard’s downfall, and his greed for money and power assist the process. What part does Richard’s exotic Chinese mistress play in the plot?
Set in a turbulent period of China’s history beginning in 1989, the novel depicts the repressiveness of life in China versus the decadence of life in Hong Kong, and the harshness and raw beauty of the Australian outback. The Invitation is a story of economics and world politics that will leave readers breathless.
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About the Author
During her professional career, Gillian Ingall worked in the fashion and executive search industries in Australia and Hong Kong. Based in Hong Kong during the pro-democracy movement in China in the late 1980s, she and her son lived through the horrors of the Tiananmen Square massacre, seeing firsthand the devastating effects on the region. She has long held a fascination for the history of the world’s oldest civilization, its culture and people. Several years ago, she left city life for the southwest slopes of New South Wales, Australia, where she lives on a cattle breeding property with her partner.