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The Hidden Child and The Stolen Lady

Louise Fein and Laura Morelli

Warwick’s, in partnership with William Morrow, presents
Louise Fein and Laura Morelli

The Hidden Child and The Stolen Lady

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 11:00am PDT

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This is a free virtual event on Zoom and Facebook Live. When you purchase THE HIDDEN CHILD and THE STOLEN LADY through Warwick's, you'll receive AUTOGRAPHED bookplates, while supplies last, and will support the authors and our virtual event program.

On Monday, October 18th at 11:00am PDT Warwick's will host Louise Fein and Laura Morelli as they discuss their new books, The Hidden Child and The Stolen Lady: A Novel of World War II and the Mona Lisa. Louise Fein was born and brought up near London. After a law degree at Southampton University, she worked in Hong Kong and Australia, and enjoyed travelling the world before returning to London to settle down to a career in law and banking. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from St Mary's University, London. Louise lives in the beautiful Surrey countryside with her husband, three children and small dog. Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and has taught at the college level in the U.S. and in Italy. She is a TedEd educator and a columnist for National Geographic Traveler and Italy Magazine. Her debut novel, The Gondola Maker, garnered IPPY and Benjamin Franklin awards.

About The Hidden Child: In this new historical novel by the author of Daughter of the Reich, Londoners Eleanor and Edward Hamilton have it all. But the 1929 financial crash is looming, and they're harboring a shameful secret. How far are they willing to go to protect their charmed life?

Eleanor Hamilton is happily married and mother to a beautiful four-year-old girl, Mabel. Her husband, Edward, is a leading light in the burgeoning Eugenics movement, which is designing the very ideas that will soon be embraced by Hitler.

But when their daughter develops debilitating epileptic seizures, their world fractures. Mabel's shameful illness must be hidden or Edward's life's work and the family's honor will be in jeopardy.

When Eleanor discovers Edward has been keeping secrets, she calls into question everything she believed about genetic inferiority, and her previous unshakeable faith in her husband disintegrates. Alarmed, distressed, and no longer able to bear the family's burden, she takes matters into her own hands.

Inspired by her personal experience, author Louise Fein illuminates moral and ethical issues of an era shaped by xenophobia, prejudice, fear, and well-intentioned yet flawed science. Vividly rendered, deeply affecting, and impeccably researched, The Hidden Child is a sweeping story and a richly drawn portrait of a family torn apart by shame, deceit, and dangerous ideals.

About The Stolen Lady: From the acclaimed author of The Night Portrait comes a stunning historical novel about two women, separated by five hundred years, who each hide Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa - with unintended consequences.

France, 1939: At the dawn of World War II, Anne Guichard, a young archivist employed at the Louvre, arrives home to find her brother missing. While she works to discover his whereabouts, refugees begin flooding into Paris and German artillery fire rattles the city. Once they reach the city, the Nazis will stop at nothing to get their hands on the Louvre's art collection. Anne is quickly sent to the Castle of Chambord, where the Louvre's most precious artworks - including the Mona Lisa - are being transferred to ensure their safety. With the Germans hard on their heels, Anne frantically moves the Mona Lisa and other treasures again and again in an elaborate game of hide and seek. As the threat to the masterpieces and her life grows closer, Anne also begins to learn the truth about her brother and the role he plays in this dangerous game.

Florence, 1479: House servant Bellina Sardi's future seems fixed when she accompanies her newly married mistress, Lisa Gherardini, to her home across the Arno. Lisa's husband, a prosperous silk merchant, is aligned with the powerful Medici, his home filled with luxuries and treasures. But soon, Bellina finds herself bewitched by a charismatic monk who has urged Florentines to rise up against the Medici and to empty their homes of the riches and jewels her new employer prizes. When Master Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint a portrait of Lisa, Bellina finds herself tasked with hiding an impossible secret.

When art and war collide, Leonardo da Vinci, his beautiful subject Lisa, and the portrait find themselves in the crosshairs of history.

The Hidden Child: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063090934
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 19th, 2021

The Stolen Lady: A Novel of World War II and the Mona Lisa Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062993595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 21st, 2021