By Joanna Bourne
A occupation is blooming...
A glittering French aristocrat is at the run, disguised as a British governess. England's most sensible secret agent has a rating to settle together with her kin. yet as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and insanity of progressive Paris, they gamble on a like to which neither of them will admit.
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