Reporting John Ostapkovich
By John Ostapkovich
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – A Rutgers-Camden law professor is out with her sixth novel, this time a prequel, set in a historical period often ignored.
World War I has just ended when Margot, title character of The Ambassador’s Daughter, travels to Paris where her father will take part in the Versailles peace talks.
The other novels took place during World War II, after Germany shook off the Versailles restrictions, but Jenoff, whose Master’s thesis at Cambridge was on the earlier era, describes it this way.
“You just find it was an exciting time. The world was being reborn and everyone was trying to find its place in it so, there were new roles for women and for countries being born and for ethnic minorities and everybody had great intentions,” says Jenoff.
The cover shows a couple embracing near the Eiffel Tower, but Jenoff objects to characterizing it as a romance.
Yes, there’s romance in it, but also suspense and espionage, ingredients in a bold game that ultimately blows up disastrously.