by Tina De Salvo
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
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
“She’s going to hire us, Mimi.” Jewell blew out the breath she hadn’t realized she was holding. “I know it.”
“It doesn’t sound like you know it.” Mimi said, her tone a little rough. Jewell glanced at her. She was having a bit of a mood swing. She often did that when she got tired, hungry or bored. Sometimes it happened for no reason other than that she had mood swings. Mimi’s doctors had told Jewell that was all part of life with dementia. Mimi unsnapped her safety belt and sighed. “Just your optimism talking about knowing this and that. Always been your problem.”
Jewell laughed. “I don’t see why optimism is a problem. I’m an optimist, but I’m a pragmatic, logical, methodical researcher, too. Nothing wrong with me wanting to go through Elli’s old stuff, either.”
Jewell’s heart raced, and an excitement danced in her soul as it always did when she thought of being able to explore places where people had tucked away things from long ago. Things too precious to throw away yet, too old or odd to fit into their modern lives. She looked at her grand-mère. The same had been true for Mimi before she came to live with Jewell. She grabbed Mimi’s arthritic hand, and squeezed it gently. Her skin felt as dry and fragile as parchment. Sensing her grand-mère’s mortality scared Jewell. Mimi was everything to her. Everything. She was the only real family she had.
“We'll have fun, Mimi. We're on a grand adventure together. It’ll be a treasure hunt.”
“Or a trip to the dump,” she said, still sounding irritated. She shook her head, making the tight curls in her white hair bob. Jewell didn’t let her grand-mère’s attitude bother her. She knew her mood would improve. It always did.
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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