The daughter of a renown media mogul, Poppy Koslowski has her life turned upside down overnight when her father is indicted for a massive fraud that leads to the loss of her family’s fortune. In the wake of the scandal, Poppy moves to Paris at the behest of her aunt, the Countess Domel, who, unbeknownst to Poppy, intends to find a wealthy husband for her niece in order to ensure her future. Poppy, however, has her own dreams of finishing school and realizing her goal of becoming an award-winning journalist. When she meets Henri Olin, the passionate and seductive illegitimate son of one of France’s most powerful politicians, his political and social ideology introduces Poppy to a world very different from her own. Yet, Poppy ultimately learns that everything comes at a price, even love. After suffering a devastating loss, Poppy finds herself alone and virtually penniless, and is forced to make her way back to America to piece together the remnants of her life in New York City. There, she rediscovers her passion once again, only to be confronted with yet another life choice, one that will forever shape her destiny.
About the Author
Vivian Winslow is the pen name for Elizabeth A. Hayes. Elizabeth was born and raised in San Diego, California but has spent most of her adult life as the consummate wanderer. She received a B.A. in European History from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in French Studies from New York University. After eleven moves across four continents over a span of seventeen years, her journey brought her back to New York City in 2011.
The Gilded Flower Trilogies and Wildflowers Series are inspired by a desire to break the mold within the Romance genre that often portrays women as weak and subservient. Believing that stories have the power to influence attitudes and shift perspectives, Elizabeth writes in order to challenge this paradigm. Her hope is to elevate readers’ understanding of sex, love and the relationships people have with each other and themselves so that they may embrace one another from a place of peace and wholeness.
In addition to writing, Elizabeth is a spiritual teacher and healer with clients all over the world. When she isn’t running around the City with her kids, you’ll most likely find her in Central Park meditating or dreaming up new love stories.