One day, Vanessa would return and unwrap her father's secrets. She would discover where he'd been rushing off to the night they nearly met. She might even remember the mysterious scarred woman's name, and push the little gold key that she'd given her at her father's graveside into a lock and hear it click. Young war widow, Vanessa Kingcourt, has just moved to London to work as wardrobe mistress at the notorious old Farren theatre, hand-crafting the luxuriant costumes for the actors and actresses on stage. She carries with her a troubled past, and a mysterious golden key passed on to her by a stranger at her father's grave. But where's the lock for this curious inheritance, and what else did her father fail to tell her before he died?
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