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Anne Perry, author of A New York Christmas

Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt and head of Britain’s Special Branch, is crossing the Atlantic. She is traveling with an acquaintance, Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry the aristocratic Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding. When Harley, the groom’s charismatic brother, asks Jemima to help him search for Delphinia’s disgraced mother, Maria, and forestall the scandal that would surely follow if the prodigal parent turned up at the wedding, she agrees to assist him.