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Laura Dudley, governess to Colin and Jessica Rannoch, plays a central role in The Mayfair Affair. The story begins when she is accused of murdering the Duke of Trenchard. Laura has a heart-shaped gold locket that plays a role in the story and connects to some of the many secrets the Rannoch governess is keeping. To celebrate finishing the book, I bought myself a heart-shaped brass reproduction locket at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on my recent trip to New York with my daughter Mélanie. I love having jewelry that connects to my books and the Met has gorgeous historical reproductions. (Here’s a similar locket from their website).

Lunch at Isabella's, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

Jewelry can be a great for whiling away time at restaurants too.

Mélanie is fascinated by the locket and loves opening and closing it. it was a great aid in whiling away waiting time in the airport and a conversational point at several restaurants meals, including lunch Isabella’s, above.

Do you have favorite jewelry from books? Have you ever bought something similar for yourself?

You’ll notice my website has a new look, thanks to my wonderful designer Gregory Paris (thank you, Greg!), that incorporates both The Mayfair Affair and London interlude.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tracy

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I’m savoring the fact that London Interlude is out. Mélanie and I had a pretty quiet weekend (though we did have a lovely afternoon yesterday seeing the wonderful new Cinderella movie which we both loved). We spent a long weekend in New York City last weekend and had a wonderful time. Here, in pictures, is a diary of our trip.

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Dinner at the Grand Tavern in Oakland before we caught the red eye

Mélanie excited to board the "Big Jet."

Mélanie excited to board the “Big Jet.”

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

With the wonderful team at Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Nancy, Adrienne Rosado, and Sarah Younger

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

Mel catching up on sleep after flying in on the red eye while I met with the crew at NYLA about Malcolm & Suzanne current and future adventures.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with the wonderful Lauren Willig and family.

 

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

Mélanie dozed through the start of dinner at Cesca

But woke up for dessert

But woke up for dessert

 

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

We had a great time at our hotel, The Milburn

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Mélanie loved Belvedere Castle in Central Park, particularly climbing the stairs, which reminded me of my fascination with the stairs in the White Tower in the Tower of London as a child

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

Lunch in the American Wing Café at the Metropolitan Museum. This trip was the first time Mel has seen snow!

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy's books. She said they were like Sofia's palace or Anna and Elsa's. We were both happy.

The American Wing at the Met has amazing early 19th century period rooms. This façade is from 1823. I told Mel the rooms were like in Mummy’s books. She said they were like Sofia’s palace or Anna and Elsa’s. We were both happy.

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle "pretty please."

We had time for another visit to the park before lunch on our last day in the city and Mélanie asked to go back to the castle “pretty please.”

Lunch at Isabella's, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.

Lunch at Isabella’s, one of our favorite NY restaurants. Ending the trip as we began it, with dessert with a candle for Princess M.