You will love the charcaters in this book!
This is a good book. I like Ruth Lagan. This is the thrid or fourth book that I have read by this particular writter. This is a good book for those who love historical romance.
It is immediately after the Civil War and many Southerners are seething with anger. The 3 Jermain brothers (Cal, Darwin and Barclay) have returned to their island plantation along the South Carolina shore. Each brother bears wounds from the war some physical and others that are emotional.
Just after a severe Atlantic storm, Cal finds 3 women and 4 children adrift in a sinking boat. When he pulls the boat onto shore, he finds that one woman and one child are critically injured while the others are exhausted, battered and hungry.
The Jermain brothers and their Aunt Bessy are somewhat put out by the intruders but decide to do their Christian duty and plan to urge them to leave quickly. Dulcie, leader of the ragtag band, sees the island in a whole different light; she sees it as a wonderful place to rest and regroup.
There are tensions at the dinner table; Dulcie and the other castaways are a family of orphans while the Jermain family is isolated from each other by their Civil War experiences. Dulcie offers to put her family to work to pay for their food and lodging; Aunt Bessy quickly agrees; Cal (the eldest), isn't so happy.
At the beginning of the story, we do not know why Dulcie and the others stole a boat and left Charleston in a terrible storm. We also do not understand, at first, the injuries (physical and emotional) of the Jermain men. However, Aunt Bessys bitterness is obvious and she isn't shy about sharing her anger.
This is a complex book; each persons back story comes out in small doses. Dulcies story is the last to unwind. I was disappointed by the number of coincidences in the story. However, the author has written a powerful book.
Brides Bay Resort Series
1) Matchmaking Baby by Cathy Gillen Thacker (1996)
2) Indiscretions by Robyn Donald (1996)
3) Love and Lies by Dawn Stewardson (1996)
4) Make Believe Engagement by Day Le Clair (1996)
5) Stranger in the Night by Roseanne Williams (1996)
6) Married to a Stranger by Connie Bennett (1996)
** 7) Dulcie's Gift by Ruth Langan (1996)
When Dulcie and her ragged band of survivors, fleeing Civil War-torn Charleston, wash ashore Jermain Island in a stolen boat, they are taken in by the Jermain brothers and their Aunt Bessie. They find the war has also had a terrible toll on the three brothers who are their hosts. Dulcie and Cal, the oldest Jermain, are wary antagonists at first, then succumb to passionate attraction overshadowed by Dulcie's violent pursuers from Charleston. Just about everybody in this book is wounded one way or another.
A wonderful, unique story. Far better than the following except leads you to believe!!!
Dulcie Trenton had risen from the ashes of war, determined to build a new life for herself. Yet the price of survival was high, and could cost her the love of Cal Jermain, whose honesty was as raw and real as his passion.
Weary and bitter, Cal needed a miracle, and Providence had provided one when Dulcie and her ragtag band of orphans invaded his island, shattering his grief. But could a man who'd knocked at Hell's gate ever hope to hold an angel in his arms?
Great book. I have read it several times. MM
This is an EXCELLENT book! One of my favorite romances of all time!