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Legacy of Honor Book Four: Secrets of the Heart -- EPUB

  • A gap year internship as a journalist in Rome, Italy leads to love for young Kathy Ann amid  international intrigue that uncovers secrets of the heart.
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June 21, 2015
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Gwen Phifer

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In the middle of the night in January, 1865, two Union soldiers set out on a reconnaissance mission just before the battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Rinaldo DeBartolo wants to finish the mission and to return to Italy and his sweetheart, Emilia. When he and his partner, Walter discover  hidden gold, a trail of secrets begins.

That trail winds through the Italian unification, two world wars and a tangle of immigration to reach into Rome Italy in the 1990s at the time of Desert Storm. There the descendents of the American De Bartolo family meet Rinaldo's descendents.

Kathy Ann, the youngest of the clan is working a gap year as a journalist in Her writing endeavors and the family's reunion become complicated by romance, stolen art,  and the discovery that not all secrets, even family secrets, are good ones.


The following day, Greg and Kathy Ann, dressed to look older, took a taxi to the shop in Monti. As they hoped, Carlo had not yet arrived. The pair pretended to be a young American couple looking for a special piece of jewelry for him to give her to commemorate their honeymoon in Rome. Kathy Ann wore a wig to disguise her signature red hair, in case the clerk described them to Carlo later.

They looked at tray after tray of estate jewelry in the shop's glass case. They turned down everything as "too ordinary".

"I want something really special to commemorate our love. Price is no object," Kathy Ann announced. "After all, my trust fund is paying for the trip."

The magic words. Trust fund. Deep pockets even for such a young pair. Kathy Ann saw the light of greed appear in the clerk's eyes.

"We do have a few special things that have recently been taken in for resale from some eminent families."

"Pieces with an aristocratic history? How interesting!"

"Well, we cannot tell you which families. The poor things sell these family pieces out of need and we do not want to violate their privacy," the clerk said.

Kathy Ann saw him press a small button under the counter.

Almost immediately, a man walked out from the back of the shop. He was handsome, olive skinned, dark haired with a thin mustache, possibly Arab, but dressed in western clothes, a fine Italian suit and lovely, obviously luxury, possibly handmade shoes. The only marring element on his features was a two inch scar that ran from his left eyebrow down the side of his cheek.



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