Nothing puts me into a Halloween mood faster than a good, spooky curse (and chocolate shaped like a pumpkin). This Halloween I’d like to share a story about the curse of the French Blue diamond which inspired my latest Regency romance, Priceless Deception.
In 1910 Pierre Cartier sold the diamond to Evalyn Walsh McLean who proclaimed it her good luck charm. According to some close to Evalyn, the wealthy woman was obsessed with the Hope diamond, refusing to take it off even for a goiter operation. Sadly, it not the good luck she wished for, and Evalyn’s family had their own share of tragedy. Her first born died in a car crash, her daughter committed suicide and her husband went insane and was confined to a mental institution. Many saw this as the long fingers of the diamond’s curse, but Evalyn stubbornly wore the diamond until she died. It was sold in 1941 to settle debts from her estate and purchased by Harry Winston. Winston wanted nothing to do with the diamond’s curse and later, some say for mysterious reasons, offered to donate the diamond to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
Feel a little tingle on the back of your neck? Grab a pumpkin shaped chocolate and curl up with Priceless Deception, now available from The Wild Rose Press or visit www.JenniferAnnCoffeen.com