This story kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot was comfortable, but as soon as I was lulled into familiarity, the author threw a curve, and I was continuously surprised. I have already ordered the other book by this author and eagerly awaiting its arrival.
"Mary Jane Freeland grows up barefoot under the hot African sun. Only the warm friendships of the servants protect her from the coldness of her mother's heart. In Paris, Mary blossoms into womanhood amid a glamorous life privilege as the Consul General's daughter. But her desire for real friendship soon becomes a need for true love-- a need she pursues in the arms of adventurers and me n of myster...until she realizes that only by unlocking the haunting scret of her mother's past can she open the doors to her own wondrous future."