Desperate to leave Charleston and the scandal that destroyed her family, Cornelia (Neilly) Lind becomes companion to the eccentric Sterling sisters of Rosewood Plantation, little knowing that these matchmakers plan to use Neilly to lure their wandering nephew home.

Since the day his cold-hearted grandfather threw him out of Rosewood, Damon Durande has traveled the world courting danger. When his beloved Aunt Izzie takes ill, like the prodigal son, Damon comes home.

Though Neilly is a beauty and would appear to be the epitome of a Southern lady, Damon suspects she is a fortune hunter or worse and takes it upon himself to carefully watch her every move. His scheme backfires when he falls in love with his quarry. Though Neilly has secrets of her own, she is drawn to the dark and dangerous Damon.

When the rightful heir to Rosewood arrives at the same time as a man from Neilly's past reappears and priceless artifacts are found missing from the estate, Damon and Neilly are trapped in a dangerous gambit to catch a thief.

Part Gothic mystery, part plantation novel sprinkled with a dash of delightful comedy, BAYOU ROSE is a fast-paced highly enjoyable ante-bellum romance that captures the charm of the Old South and the joy of love. SWEET (Mar., 368 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin