This week's Oldie but Goodie is...
Released April 2004
When I first read this book, it was a one-sitting deal. I could not put it down. And even though I knew I would pick it up again and re-read it slowly, I already had one word that would thoroughly describe the voice of this novel.
The story of Laurel Scanlon in her ancestral home, Mimosa Grove, is more a story of love and acceptance than anything else. In the opening pages of this book, Laurel lives with her father in DC. She receives word that her maternal grandmother has passed away, leaving everything to Laurel. In a split-second decision, Laurel decides to leave DC and move to Louisiana to claim her inheritance. There are a myriad of reasons she decides to do this, but the biggest reason Laurel can 'see' - a fact that drove her mother insane and caused her to take her own life when Laurel was a little girl.
When Laurel arrives in Mimosa Grove, she is shocked at the acceptance given to her and her abilities. The women of her family have long been respected in their little corner of Louisiana, and Laurel quickly finds herself in the hunt for a lost little girl. Laurel also meets Justin Bouvier, a man she has been dreaming about for months but had never met.
Interwoven into the tale is the story of Laurel's father, Robert, a high-powered US Attorney who has no patience with Laurel's abilities. He is currently prosecuting a case of treason - one that will cross paths with Laurel in Louisiana with deadly results.
As the story builds and builds to the end, which I will not give away, the relationships between Laurel and Justin, and Laurel and her father, are skillfully woven into the fabric of this suspenseful tale. Combine the personal dynamic with the suspense of the story and even the ghost that haunts Mimosa Grove, and you have a tale that will grab your attention on page one, and will not let you go until the last word is read. The heat level is sensual, but not just thrown in for the heck of it.
Dinah McCall is a pseudonym for Sharon Sala, and you can find her books on Amazon.com