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Historical Romance Discussion > Looking for a book that has a gem in it (ruby or emerald maybe?)

Hi everyone. I've been looking for a book I read in the 90's and must have accidentally traded it in.

It begins in England with a royal family's home being attacked. The king cuts his daughter's hand with a gem (ruby or emerald I think) and gives it to her to take so that she'll eventually remember what happened that night. The king gives her to a friend to take her to safety before he is killed. The man and his son (a few years older than the princess) escape with the girl by boat. I believe the man is an American, because he raises the girl as part of the family, and I think they live in Chicago?

As the years progress, the girl has nightmares of what happened, but because she was so young, she cannot remember. When she has the nightmares, she is holding the gem and knows that it's connected to the scare on her hand. The boy (now young man) holds her to comfort her.

I think she finally remembers what happened that night, and travels to England to claim her rightful place.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Thanks.

August 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterSharon