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The Last Daughter (Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Ferguson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Given away as a child, Rayna Guilbeau grew up with questions--questions about her real family and questions about how she ended up in Louisiana with a disfiguring heart branded on her chest. When she sees a sale ad for a house in Oklahoma City called Wounded Heart, she feels an instant connection. Somehow, the house holds the key to her mysterious past.

Trent Jones, an easy-going picker who's always looking to make a few bucks, is the new owner of Wounded Heart, a three-story house filled with antiques and mystery. When an intriguing young woman shows up on his property at midnight, claiming she was born there, he knows his life is about to change.

On an emotional journey into danger, Trent and Rayna seek answers. But can Rayna put the past behind her and accept Trent’s unwavering love?


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From the Inside Flap

"Rayna, I need to talk with you. Rayna?"
Rayna entered from the living area just as Trey reached the bottom of the stairs. "What's wrong?" she asked. "Are you okay?"
He rubbed his forehead. "I need to talk to you about that doll."
Rayna glanced toward a chair where she'd propped her old toy. "What about her?"
He motioned. "I did some research. She's pretty old. Actually, she's probably quite valuable."
"I'm not selling her if that's what you're getting at. Honestly, Trent." She turned from him and entered the room where the doll sat.
"No, let me finish." He followed. "From what I can tell she's been sold numerous times, landed in and out of pawn shops and doll stores. There's been some very questionable happenings surrounding her."
"What do you mean? How do you know?"
"Things happen. According to several collectors on the Internet...it's almost like she causes things to happen to people that don't like her. Or maybe don't like you--or whoever owns her at the time."
"That's absurd. She's a doll."
He rubbed his head again. "Maybe a cursed doll."
"She's not cursed. Nothing has ever happened to me."
He dropped his eyes to her chest.
She clasped her hand across her blouse and stared at him. "She didn't cause that. How could she?"
"How do you know she didn't? You have no idea how it happened or why."
"I just know," she yelled. "She was--" She stopped and squinted at him. "Trent, Trent, what's wrong?"

About the Author

Jessica Ferguson is a novelist and co-editor of Swamp Lily Review, A Journal of Louisiana Literature & Arts. She is a staff writer for Southern Writers Magazine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; Crimson Rose 1st edition (August 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ES5DVI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,071 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Romance August 29, 2013
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I loved The Last Daughter. Jessica Feguson has written the perfect blend of mystery and romance. The book is well written. Get a cup of tea and be prepared to finish in it in one sitting, because it is a page turner. I can hardly wait for her next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful September 19, 2013
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I usually do not read novels, but the title caught my eye. After I started reading, I had to continue. The plot kept me guessing and trying to look ahead and I just had to read it straight through to see what finally happened. There were subplots along the way that made it even more interesting. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Romance October 8, 2013
By Janie T
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I didn't like The Last Daughter-- I loved it. This romantic suspense is a compelling read. I was hooked on page two and had to finish it in one sitting.

The story unfolds as Rayna Guilbeau, having left Louisiana, shows up late one night at a delapidated old home in Oklahoma City. Rayna is on a quest to find out about her past and the family she never knew. Trent Jones, the handsome new owner of the house, hires her to help him describe and catalog its contents. As they work together, Rayna realizes this was once her home. When she reconnects with a scrimshaw doll named Tiva, strange things begin to happen. In the end, Rayna finds what she's looking for and heals her wounded heart. In the process, she gains the courage to look, not to the past, but to the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!! September 20, 2013
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Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and a love story to go along! As soon as I started reading, I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down until the end. The characters draw you into the story and you have to find out what happens next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy doll! October 8, 2013
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This was my first Scrimshaw Doll story, and boy, was I surprised. What a unique twist to an already interesting story. I loved all the references and details about the old house and neighborhood in Oklahoma City, my adopted home town. The characters were rich and very believable. As to the mystery, Ferguson kept me guessing all the way through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Daughter Finishes First! October 8, 2013
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Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. It was so good that I stayed up way past 2 am to finish it! I enjoyed how this author kept the reader hanging, chapter after chapter, page after page. The mystery was captivating, the characters were memorable and the setting was engaging. Who hasn't dreamed of finding out that they have an entire family they never knew about? The love story was sweet, the antagonist/s were despicable, the heroin was realistic, the male protagonist was desirable and the setting was colorful. Set in an old house, filled with antiques, the story revolved around a secret with clues hidden inside the rooms. This story appealed to me on many levels. First of all, I love mysteries. Secondly, sweet romance stories are rare--and appreciated. And finally, one of my passions as a former Realtor is exploring old houses and discovering unusual antiques. At times, this book reminded me of an episode of Antiques Roadshow--with the addition of a love story and exciting mystery! Kudos to the author for a job well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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From the moment you climb into the car with Rayna in the dark of night, you'll want to be with her every dangerous step she takes to find the heartbreaking truth about her growing-up years in the old family home now owned by a stranger, the handsome and sympathetic young Trent. Will she let herself fall in love with him as she must face painful revelations of her past?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Daughter September 1, 2013
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Just finished The Last Daughter. It was a spellbinder. I couldn't stop reading! Great mystery and a must read for anyone who loves this kind of book. Keep writing, Jessica.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome read! Very suspenseful! This book kept me reading. I couldn't put it down.
Published 29 days ago by Paula Raley
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knows what's behind those old doors?
When a troubled young woman visits an old house at midnight--and encounters a young man she didn't expect to find there, you know things are going to get interesting. In a hurry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bookaholic
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 4 months ago by Tracie
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved The Last Daughter
Ooooooooo . . . . Creepy! I loved The Last Daughter! It's one of those books that you can't stop reading, because you have to find out what is behind all of the creepiness! Read more
Published 5 months ago by martha fouts
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a bad story, I just couldnt relate to the characters.
Published 5 months ago by carol
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Wow! Where do I start? I was really looking forward to reading this book. My goodness! Not good. I finished it in a day, as I kept hoping it would get better. Didn't happen. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SweetMrsPam
4.0 out of 5 stars but it was terribly fitting. The only complaint I had with the ...
I am not a romance reader, but this particular tale grabbed my attention because of the mystery attached to it. Unlikely circumstances seem altogether real in this spellbinder. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carole Morden, author of Dry Bones
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
I loved the beginning of the book and was excited to see where it would go. But it turned out creepy. A little too creepy to be comfortable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist
Enjoyed this fast paced book. Was a very quick read with action that kept me reading.g late into the night.
Published 12 months ago by Annette
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery, for young teenagers to read or senior citizens like...
I very much enjoyed reading The Last Daughter. It kept my attention wondering what was coming next. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mary
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More About the Author

I am co-editor of Swamp Lily Review, A Journal of Louisiana Literature & Arts and write for Southern Writers Magazine. I am the author of The Groom Wore Blue Suede Shoes, writing as Jessica Travis. I worked as assistant editor/writer/photographer for The Times of Southwest Louisiana, and my work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in Louisiana and Texas. I'm also the founder of the East Texas Writers Association in my hometown of Longview, Texas, and a past president of Bayou Writers' Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana, founder of their annual Gator Bites publication. My latest unpublished novel won the Mystery/Suspense category in the 2011-2012 Phoenix Rattler contest and ranked among the top ten finalists in the Killer Nashville 2011 Claymore contest.

I blog at http://jessyferguson.blogspot.com

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