The Merry WidowLarge Print - 2000
A wealthy New York publisher, Magnus gave up an elegant bachelor's existence to lead an arctic expedition in search of the doomed Franklin party -- and the famed black opal Franklin reportedly found. But when he doesn't return home, New York society believes the tundra has taken his life. Magnus is willing to let the world mourn his "death" if it means conquering the Arctic -- and retrieving the opal.
Only Rachel knows that the gem is hidden in her cabin, her father's only legacy to her. Convinced that her dream of a life with Magnus will never happen, Rachel decides to pursue what her errant lover has rejected -- his New York home and her own happiness. Soon, Rachel's bold scheme plunges her into a world of wealth and privilege beyond her imagination. Ultimately, Rachel must brave the uncharted regions of her own heart in a final confrontation that threatens everything she cherishes and has ever wanted.