Nation: A Gothic Romance in Old Virginia

The suicide of the ambassador's daughter is a mystery

The attractive daughter of a wealthy, distinguished American family graduates magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1969 and gets a job in a London art gallery. There she meets and falls in love with a dashing young businessman from Greece. He is a year older than she, and he shares her passion for medieval religious art. In 1975 he follows her to Staunton Hill, her family's ancestral home for more than a century: a replica of a Scottish castle set on thousands of acres of rolling plantation land in southern Virginia.

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