Leaves of Fortune Author:Linda Barlow Such is the cruel legacy that has plagued the strong, willful Templeton women since the eighteenth century: Helen Templeton, visionary founder of the Templeton Tea Company; Minerva Templeton, protector of Helen's dream; and Delilah Templeton Scofield, smart, sexy and driven-she is determined to break with tradition and put her own mark on the fa... more »mily dynasty.
The year is 1986. Minerva Templeton, domineering matriarch of Templeton Tea, must surrender the reins of the empire to one of her heirs. Most beloved of these is her headstrong granddaughter Delilah. Having fled Boston years earlier because of a doomed love affair with her cousin Travis, Delilah moved to California, married, and founded her own successful herbal tea company. But her husband's untimely death and her grandmother's decision to retire call her home again, to make peace with the family and claim her place at the helm of Templeton Tea. Struggling with the forces that drove her away in the first place-the jealousies, rivalries, and demands of this powerful clan-Delilah finds herself pitted against her old lover Travis as each tries to win Minerva's approval. If she surrenders her share of the business to him, must she also surrender herself? Watching her, wanting her, is silent and steadfast Nick, Travis's younger brother. He offers her a passion that belies his gentle nature. But can she ever love him as intensely as she once loved his brother?
Smoldering with sins, secrets, and forbidden passion, LEAVES OF FORTUNE is a fast-paced, compelling story that takes you behind the scenes of a vast business empire and into the turbulent lives of the spirited women who live and love in its shadow.« less