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Once invited into New Orleans’ historic mansions to evaluate prized antiques, Dr. Jewell Duet held a coveted professorship at a top university. With her deep knowledge of Louisiana history and antiquities, she was the go-to person for anyone requiring professional appraisals. But, one hasty decision cost her both her reputation and possibly her freedom. Now, as she waits to discover if her future includes prison, Jewell knows that taking the job at Sugar Mill is necessary if she is to support her beloved grandmother who has advanced dementia.
Charming, sexy lawyer Beau Bienvenu's attraction to the intriguing historian vies with his distrust of her motives. Beau has one simple goal when it comes to the family that rescued him and made him part of their clan…protect them at all costs. He doesn't trust Jewell, nor her reason for taking the lowly job at Sugar Mill Plantation. What is she really up to? Is it possible Jewell and her quirky grandmother are there to try to profit from a Bienvenu family mystery? If so, both women are out of luck.
Jewell and Beau are at odds about almost everything. The only things they agree on are that family is everything…and that their mutual attraction is inconvenient.
Hope, Love and Second Chances Continue in the heart of Cajun Country.
Read an excerpt:
“Mimi, no! No gun,” Jewell said, still speaking French and using a firmer tone. She drove through the open gate onto the Sugar Mill Plantation property. Once the gate closed behind the camper, she slammed on the brakes. Her truck and camper slid on the well-maintained shell driveway.
“We’ve got to protect ourselves against mass murderers. You know that.” Mimi folded her arms over her chest and hugged her purse with the gun.
Jewell turned to face her grand-mère, trying to keep her voice steady even though her heart was hammering in her chest. God, she hoped she didn’t really have a gun with her. “We retired your gun when you turned eighty-five, Mimi.” Jewell knew she was speaking louder and faster then she should. She couldn’t help it. “I want the gun.”
Mimi rolled her eyes and pulled the gun from her purse.
Jewell gasped. She did have one. It was a long barrel .22 revolver. “Where did you get this gun?”
She was grateful Mimi at least handled it safely, pointing it away from both of them. How she’d managed to carry the thing around without Jewell knowing was unbelievable. The barrel had to be six inches long!
“Oh, mon Dieu,” Jewell cried. “Mimi, that’s dangerous.” God, she hoped she had the safety on.
“Don’t get your thong panty in a twist.” Mimi rolled her eyes and looked at the dull gray gun that seemed old and poorly maintained. “It’s not like I have bullets.”
“Thank God.” At least she wasn’t fully armed.
“I took them out of my purse to get to my lipstick when I went to the Simoneauxs’ bathroom.” She frowned. “I think I forgot them there. Maybe on the counter next to the sink. Maybe.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tina DeSalvo enjoys using her imagination, humor, empathy and personal experiences to turn characters and situations into books that she hopes will entertain readers. Her first book, Elli, brought her in close contact with so many readers with whom she has loved sharing stories, laughs, tears and hugs. Tina has always been inspired by the people she meets and by hearing their personal journeys, not to mention the people she just observes along the way…so, watch out. You could be a character in her next book!
Tina is married to her handsome Cajun hero, and they live in Louisiana. They have two sons, a wonderful daughter (in-law) and four delightful grandchildren.
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