In 1795 New Orleans, the Spanish controlled city struggles to rebuild after two devastating fires, and a young teenage girl is just as determined to leave her past behind and start anew. Celestine,... More > the daughter of a Mississippi River prostitute spends most of her time hating herself, her life and the dirty men who rut with her mama. When she turns thirteen and her mama informs her she’ll be servicing the very men she hates, she has no other option but to run to the good nuns of the Ursulines Convent she encounters kindness and a different kind of life.
After meeting the dashing ship captain Maurice Dubois, a man with his own past demons, Celestine allows herself to be truly loved for the first time. When a shocking turn of events leaves her with nothing more than her own wits, Celestine begins to realize the power her intoxicating beauty gives her over men including the debonair and infamous pirate Jean Lafitte.< Less
Will a forbidden love on the fringes of society stand the test of time?
Drew Down, an accomplished son of a rich Kentucky planter, is destined to be the richest man in America; however, his... More > life-long love for Daisy, a young, beautiful slave on his grandparent’s plantation, threatens to unravel their world and destroy their families. In this sweeping saga beginning with his lessons with beautiful Celeste in the house of her grandmother, Celestine, the Civil War, the collapse of King Cotton, and exiles to Europe, two lovers struggle to be true to their hearts despite society’s disapproval.
Drew is the courageous hornet slayer who uses his wealth and power to fight social and legal dragons, but Daisy is the calming force who captures the slayer’s heart with kindness and fights to secure her family’s place in what will become the melting pot of America.< Less