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1848.  Barcelona, Spain.

The fourth Marquesa of the noble House of Amontoní considered herself to be one of the few women in history that had successfully freed herself entirely from the power of men.  Though still a young widow, desirably childless and the very last of her title, the Marquesa refused to even consider taking another spouse, despite the scandal of such impropriety.  But within Barcelona, a city born from the light of the Renaissance, this woman uniquely maintained her freedom of choice.

 

The Marquesa’s youngest niece, Veronica, knew nothing of the secrets of her aunt’s life.  Upon the girl’s 15th birthday, the Marquesa set about to educate Veronica on the truths of womanhood, as she would have to any daughter.  Veronica’s life of Catholic convent education and staunch conservatism would end to accommodate her aunt's more liberal education on the matters of feminine power.  From it, the Marquesa would form much more than the mere edifice of a great woman, but the very future of her house.

 

A story of victory at any cost, The Ornaments of Love is a journey of passion that no woman of honor could permit herself to know about, and the only road to freedom that a young girl in the 19th century could ever hope to find.