Emilia Berceto’s beauty captures the attention of a well-known Italian billionaire, Alex Armanti, when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.
Four years later, Emilia continues to live a secluded life designing custom jewelry for the wealthy. Her family needs her to return home to California when their jewelry empire is near bankruptcy. When she returns, she must face the man who caused her downfall and is threatening to reveal her secret if she is to save her family’s jewelry empire.
Taking a sip of chilled water, she tried to calm herself. It was inevitable that she would need to return to California and deal with the media. The more she tried to hide, the more interested they became.
Liv found her and said, “Are you okay?”
“No, not really. My grandfather is in the hospital after arguing with my father and uncle about selling the business. I think we may lose the Ellerby commission. It has to do with the bad press surrounding recent financial disclosures. We could lose other commissions.”
The two of them walked back to her office and she closed the door for privacy.
Liv said, “I know the problems must seem insurmountable at the moment but they have been building for a long time. You won’t be able to solve them in a few days.”
She drew strength from her friendship with the older woman. Liv was practical and intelligent. At fifty years old, she was marvelously put together: her short grey hair was worn in a stylish cut, complimented by earrings from the shop and a slim-fitting white sundress.
Emilia met Liv’s concerned glance. “I need to see my grandfather, but I don’t know if I’m ready to face the craziness of Southern California.”
“Going back and facing a past mistake or embarrassment is never easy.” Liv’s voice was kind and she reached out and placed a hand on her shoulder. “But you are stronger than you realize. And your family needs you even if they don’t realize it.”
Emilia perched on her desk. “My grandfather is the creative genius behind Berceto. Without him, it may be too difficult to stage a comeback.”
Liv met her gaze. “Emilia, you are immensely talented. I know you have inherited his genius with design.”
“I know they love me, but for whatever reason I can’t make them happy. They don’t value fame, and speculation in the media is excruciating for them. They value obscurity. Isn’t it strange… to be in the jewelry business and to be completely repulsed by glitter or beauty?” It gave her a sense of peace to finally understand why they behaved as they did. It made it less personal.
Liv tapped a pencil against the desk. “That doesn’t mean you have to shun the spotlight.”
Looking into Liv’s determined face, Emilia’s spine unfurled. “It’ll be hard to go back. I should have remained in California and dealt with the speculation. Now the media will dredge the story back up, speculating on my self-imposed exile, and it will be just as painful for my parents.”
Liv dismissed her concerns with a wave of her hand. “There is no point in holding onto regrets. Face the media vultures.”
Emilia looked sharply at her friend.
Liv’s voice rose. “Just brazen it out. You are a beautiful girl. Refuse to comment and let people think what they will.”
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Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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The Rosa Legacy Series
The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.
Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.
Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.
The Exiled Jeweler
Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.
The Convenient Wedding
Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life. The Convenient Wedding will be available in February 2015.
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