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Poarch presents a multifaceted romance that diverts to a thought-provoking mystery without losing its romantic feel. The first installment of this trilogy has a well-developed story and strong characters who will evolve into protagonists as the trilogy unfolds.

B and B owner Gabrielle believes she's responsible for the murder of one of her guests, Roger. With no one to talk to, she turns to the one person her family has warned her against.

Cornell Price is off-limits to the Claxton clan, yet he's drawn to Gabrielle, who tells him of her belief that she killed Roger and that he stole the family's treasure, a gold bowl. In search of the real killer and the treasure, this couple also has to deal with unsettling feelings and a family feud. (Dafina, Apr., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Eleanor S. Shields