Love's Raging Tide Author:Patricia Matthews From the spacious veranda of her elegant ancestral home, beautiful Melissa Huntoon watched as all that was left of her heritage was sold at auction. Two thousand acres of rich Mississippi bottomland had already gone to Simon Crouse, a hateful carpetbagger whose livelihood came from buying up the property of unfortunate Southerners like herself. ... more »Now, her eyes burning with anger and humiliation, she saw her every belonging sold to the highest bidder. Everything, that is, except a rundown steamboat no one thought worth buying.
Melissa could have stayed on as mistress of Great Oaks - had she accepted the marriage proposal of Simon Crouse, a price far greater than she cared to pay. So with Amalie, the freed quadroon who had taken care of her since her mother's death, young and vulnerable Melissa took refuge aboard her only remaining legacy, the rundown Natchez Belle.
When a gentlemanly old actor convinced Melissa she could turn her inheritance into a showboat, Amalie was skeptical. A handsome Yankee, Luke Devereaux, secretly contrived to provide Melissa with the money she needed - but after awakening her passion, he spurned her love. Heartbroken, Melissa turned to a young actor in her showboat company. But the diabolical Simon Crouse was still determined to satisfy his warped desires for Melissa - to sabotage her business venture and bring her aboard his "floating whorehouse." Only Amalie, once raped by the ruffian Crouse, knew how treacherous this man could be...and Amalie's experience was a dire warning of things to come.
Patricia Matthews' latest novel is a sweeping saga of love, lust and a woman's pride.« less