Viola Doyle, who rides about town on her bicycle, a feat her mother thinks unbecoming to a young lady, loses a precious jewel when she collides with a young professor’s assistant. Mikhail, the young man she plowed into, returns the jewel and offers to help Viola and her grandmother research the mysterious gem’s origins. Together they learn that the gem is more than simple jewelry and is instead a powerful stone entrusted to a long line of protectors. But its keepers aren’t the only ones interested in the stone.
Another group seeks to find the stone and use it to gain power over all others. When a mysterious accident nearly costs Violet her life, she and her grandmother realize they must learn the identity of the would-be assassin and stop them before they steal the jewel.
An ancient creature senses the location of the jewel. With only her mother’s memories to guide her, she pursues the gem’s keeper without knowing if she will find friend or foe.
Viola’s high-spirited exuberance is guided by her firm but proper mother and her twinkle-eyed, understanding grandmother. When Viola’s heart leads her to the penniless orphan scraping by as a professor’s assistant, her mother is deeply concerned. For even a chance of a future, Mikhail’s ingenuity and devotion will have to win her family’s affection as surely as her own.
In her second novel, Spitzley demonstrates power and pizzazz as a storyteller. Readers of Scrapbook of My Revolution will find in this story a stronger, brighter voice and a broad cast of fabulous characters. The tale maintains a Victorian feel and is told in a lively, upbeat voice that both promises and delivers fantasy and fun. The close of the story leaves readers with plenty of mysteries still to solve and high hopes for a sequel.
A girl suffers a suspicious bicycle accident. No graphic details.