Follows 'Pearl Cove', featuring the Donovans and a legendary fortune in rubies.
Since the marriage of her twin sister Honor, and her own unhappy love affair, Faith Donovan has poured her heart and soul into making the exquisite artistic jewelry favoured by the rich and famous throughout the world. Her creations require rubies of the finest quality. To get such gems, Faith - who has learned the hard way to trust no man outside her family - must work with Owen Walker.
Walker, an outwardly easy-going Southerner with an intimate knowledge of the ruby trade and a man's murderous greed, is famous for his ability to talk himself out of situations that would get other men killed. Yet the idea of working with Faith makes him nervous. He suspects that protecting her and the fabulous wedding necklace commissioned by the Montegeau family will be more dangerous than smuggling rubies out of Afghanistan.
In search of quality stones, Faith and Walker travel to Savannah to seek the help of the powerful Montegeaus, a family descended from pirates and smugglers, and reputed to be in possession of a fortune in fine gems, hidden for generations in the legendary Blessing Chest. Unaware of the dark side of the family behind the glittering jewelry business and Hilton Head mansion, the two accept an invitation to "relax" at a family dinner held in the living shadows of historic Ruby Bayou.
Drawn into a terrifying web of greed, corruption, and betrayal, Faith and Walker discover the dark and shameful secrets of generations of Montegeaus as well as those who would kill for the contents of the Blessing Chest. Horrified by what they have learned and the danger that is closing in on them, Faith and Walker race for their lives across the black waters of the salt marshes - pursued by greedy men and a deadly past.
Set against the South's Low Country, a landscape as fascinating as the characters who inhabit it, this is a novel of adventure, suspense and the gem trade, where beauty and danger are one.
- Publication Date:
- 05 / 07 / 2000
- 162 x 240mm