This books begins in 1846, in England, where Catherine, is a young woman who has lost her father and also her childhood home. Her cousin is trying to force her into marriage to an older man she hardly knows. Her mother died when she was a child, but she remembers her telling her about the family estate in Louisiana. She books passage on a ship going to New Orleans. When Catherine arrives at the plantation, she is met by a slave woman who tells her to leave. Her uncle and cousin are not living there but have left the estate in the hands of a manager, who let it fall into disrepair. She feels something is very wrong here. Where are the workers on the plantation and where is the household staff? She cannot bear to leave but feels like God would have her stay and bring back the house and lands to the state that her mother used to tell her about. The manager is a Cuban who seems charming and sinister a the same time. He acts like he owns the plantation although he is just the overseer. There is mystery, deceit, danger and dark secrets, the author has made her characters take on life. A very interesting book……….. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.