When Claire accepted John Hawthorn's proposal of marriage, she thought they would both benefit. John would no longer be jeopardizing his reputation or that of the beautiful wife of the bank president (and his ex-fiancee). For Claire...well, it would just solve many of her problems. After her uncle died, she had no one to turn to and no income of which to speak. Not to mention the fact that there was not even a roof over her head after the bank took over everything she had. Claire took few things with her into this marriage -- an automobile she affectionately called Chester, her talent for sewing, and her love for the man she was marrying. Unfortunately, it looked like John was still tied by the heartstrings to his dear Diane Culverson, and tongues in society were wagging. At every turn it seemed that John was hanging on Diane's every word, clinging to her arms, and touching ever so casually. It was more than any woman could take. It takes just one night of passion and one morning of cruelty to turn Claire from John. Fearing that she is only a vessel for his lust, Claire flees John, wanting only to think of a solution to her predicament. However, when a scandal erupts at the bank and John is jailed, Claire rushes back to his side, knowing she cannot let this happen to the man she loves. She can not and will not allow him to be destroyed! Diana Palmer's strength lies in the aggressiveness of her characters. At first, you may find yourself wishing that John would give in to Claire's gentle nature. You may ask yourself why Claire allows herself to go on being a victim for so long. Diana lets these characters grow to know each other as the story progresses. As you turn each page, you will watch them learning more, revealing hidden secrets, and uncovering false faces. Their discovery of their true feelings is as vital as the real world. Run a true gauntlet of emotions....These characters never let up! Diana Palmer is wonderful! A beautifully chaotic romance! A story that brings out emotions that are so real -- anger, grief, remorse, passion. It's all there!Karen Ellington -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved
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A love as sweet and seductive as the magnolias and peachtrees
of Georgia . . .
Atlanta in 1900 was a city of contrasts: a bustling place where commerce and high society flourished amid the languid rhythms of the sultry South. Claire Lang loved her life there, but one man's presence unsettled her very soul. John Hawthorn's dark eyes and lean, handsome face captivated Claire more than she wanted to admit. And when tragedy struck, Claire found herself desperate enough to marry him--a man who didn't love her . . . a man she loved passionately.
As the fragrant scent of the magnolia wafted on warm breezes, Claire aroused fierce, unexpected desires in her elusive husband. And once she had tasted his kisses and savored his lovemaking, she dared to fight for him as a sizzling scandal threatened to engulf them and the love she began to believe could be theirs. . . .