An unconventional woman defies the rules of noble turn-of-the-century Sweden in an epic novel of love, secrets, family ties, and rediscovery by the bestselling author of The Moonlit Garden.
Sweden, 1913. Having petitioned the court for independence from her aristocratic family, the young and vibrant Agneta Lejongård takes control of her destiny. In Stockholm, she explores her bohemian passions in art and free love, joins the suffragette movement with her best friend, and defiantly resists the expectations of women in high society. Then comes news of a tragic accident and an urgent summons to return to the family's manor house in the country. As for Agneta's forward path in life, she must now follow it back home.
Though the grand horse-breeding estate of Lion Hall stirs some warm memories, what lies ahead tests Agneta's independent spirit: a disapproving mother locked in the traditions of a woman's proper place, two men vying for Agneta's heart, and a twist of fate that upends her life once again. Torn between a daughter's duty and the freedom she pines for, Agneta struggles not only to rebuild her future, but also to protect the future of Lion Hall itself. Forging a new path brings challenges, rewards, and a true purpose that she never could have imagined.
About the Author
Corina Bomann is the bestselling author of Butterfly Island and The Moonlit Garden as well as a number of successful young adult novels. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been on bestseller lists in Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. All the books in her Lion Hall trilogy went straight to the top of the bestseller list in Germany upon release. Bomann was born in Parchim, in northeastern Germany, and now lives with her family in Berlin.
Michael Meigs reviews theatre and translates literature from French, German, Spanish, and Swedish. Since 2008 he has published the online journal CTX Live Theatre, which is dedicated to live narrative theatre in Austin, San Antonio, and the rest of Central Texas. He served for more than thirty years as a diplomat with the US Department of State and was assigned abroad in Africa, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. While economic counselor of the US Mission to International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, he was the US representative to the World Intellectual Property Organization. He has graduate degrees in comparative literature, business, economics, and national security studies, and he is on the boards of Gilbert & Sullivan Austin and the Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association. He is also a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the American Literary Translators Association, and Swedish Translators in North America.