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Garlands of Gold
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From a best-selling author - 17th-century Rotterdam. Young Saskia is ladys maid to wealthy merchants wife Vrouw Gibbons, but her talent for manufacturing beautifying face balms far exceeds her lowly status. When the Gibbons family returns to England, Saskia goes with them and sets up in business selling the beauty products which have earned her a devoted clientele, and hopes to win the heart of Grinling Gibbons, her employees only son, a man whose interests lie elsewhere
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ROMANCE: HISTORICAL. In 17th century Rotterdam, a young girl, newly orphaned, is employed as a lady's maid to Vrouw Gibbons, English-born wife of a wealthy merchant. Saskia is capable and hard-working, but it soon becomes apparent that her talent for the manufacture of beautifying face balms and other potions - a legacy from her mother - far exceeds her lowly status. She catches the eye of Grinling Gibbons, her employers' only son, an apprentice carver who is already acquiring a reputation for his craft, and of his English friend, Robert Harding.When the Gibbons family decides to return to England, Saskia goes with them. She is an independent-minded and ambitious young woman, and in time the opportunity arises for her to set up in business selling the beauty products which have earned her a devoted clientele. Robert supports and advises her in this enterprise, hopeful of winning her love. But Saskia has given her heart to Grinling Gibbons, a man whose interests lie elsewhere.
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