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Grand Central Publishing, Nov 16, 2008 - Fiction - 512 pages
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Who is Belladonna?

In New York City, she's known only as the mysterious masked woman who presides over the most exclusive, opulent club of the times.

In Virginia's blue-blood countryside, she's known as the Contessa, the elusive heiress who flaunts convention and shuns human contact.

But then there are a wretched few who remember her from "The Club" and knew her as a fresh-faced innocent whom they desired...and misled...and left to the sadistic devices of a nobleman who robbed her of her youth, her dignity, and, ultimately her heart.

As Belladonna's story, told by one of her faithful manservants, slowly unfolds, we learn the horrifying truth behind Belladonna's masks and her insatiable desire for vengeance. It is a truth that involves betrayal, murder, depravity -- a truth so chilling that it will pit brother against brother, father against son, and will force Belladonna to ultimately confront the one man who can ultimately either destroy her, or set her free.

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A fine addition to the Toot & Puddle series and to utter joy. Witness the illustration on the second to last page, where Toot has recovered after a case of the mopes. "His walk was bouncy, his head was up, and his whole pink face was smiling." Read full review

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This is my favorite book I love it.


Dedication Epigraph A Tasty Little Ditty
The Diary
The Oracle of the Fountains
The Secret of perpetual youth
The House of Gold
The Cascade of the Contessa
The Diary
The Red Toenails of Andromeda
The Roof of the Schoolhouse
The Diary
The phoenix of the Hills
The Banisters of the Plantation
A Romp in the
Left in the Dust
Made for Each Other
Fathers and Sons

The Mask of black Lace
The Night of public Tenderness
The Ball of the Elements
The Oracle in the Office
Voices That Could Melt a Glacier
A Whiff of the Waters
The Steeling of the Nerves
The Secret in Pompadours Bible
The Feverish Wanderings Toward Home
The Unmasking Below
The Root of All Evil
A Final Little Ditty

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About the author (2008)

Karen Moline is a journalist, novelist, and ghostwriter. She has worked on a wide variety of bestselling books. Moline lives in New York City with her son.

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