When Jillian Gallagher's fiance is killed in a car accident, the last name he utters is "Kate." And Jillian's world suddenly becomes a nightmare. After bringing his body back to his aristocratic English family, Jill discovers that a woman, Kate Gallagher, disappeared mysteriously almost one-hundred years ago. Who was Kate? What had she meant to Jill's fiance? And how is she connected to Jill? Her search pits her against a secretive and hostile family, and plunges her into a puzzling mystery that quickly obsesses her. As Jill delves deeper into the life of Kate Gallagher, she enlists the help of one man...a man who may be there to protect her, seduce her, or destroy her. And Jill must face her own doubts, question her own beliefs--and even her sanity--before the truth is revealed to her. As the shocking events unfold, The Third Heiress will keep you riveted...and keep you guessing.