Would you risk your life—on the love of a lifetime? Charleston, 1799: A daughter of Southern gentility and a gifted painter, Catherine Edilean Harcourt has no lack of suitors at home in Virginia, waiting to fulfill her dream of marriage and family. But Cay’s adventurous spirit, fostered by growing up with her three brothers, is piqued while visiting her godfather in South Carolina. Bedridden with a broken leg, he asks Cay to fill in for him on an urgent task: on her way to a fancy dress ball, she must deliver a packed horse to an old friend’s son—who also happens to be an escaped convict charged with murdering his wife! Cay agrees to the plan, which doesn’t go at all as planned . . . whereupon she finds herself fleeing Alexander McDowell’s captors, riding blind into the night with the fugitive Scotsman. Though she should fear him, Cay finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to Alex, and drawn into his tale of misguided justice and his innocence as they seek refuge in the steamy Florida everglades. Will trusting him be the worst mistake of her life? Or will falling in love be the salvation both of them have been looking for?
About the AuthorJude Deveraux is the author of thirty-nine New York Times bestsellers, including Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. She lives in North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.judedeveraux.com.
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Pocket; Original edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743479025
- ISBN-13: 978-0743479028
This is the fourth book in the Edilean series that covers centuries. I have not read any of the other books in this series, but I think this one can stand alone. I had no problem picking up with any of the background. This is an action-adventure historical romance set in the Everglades during 1799 and filled with lots of wonderful historical facts. I love authors who can combine fact with fiction.
Alex, who just broke out of prison is expecting Catherine's grandfather to meet him with a horse. Instead, he meets Catherine and decides to take her with him as he out runs the law. Catherine's three brothers chase after them and lots of wonderful chemistry ensues between Cay (Catherine) and Alex. This is a good way to pass a cold winter's night.