Masquerade Author:Janet Dailey Masks hide. They also enhance, tantalize, intrigue--and deceive. — In Masquerade, Janet Dailey creates a riveting story of a determined, courageous, and intelligent woman who must untangle the mystery that surrounds an accident involving her family's international shipping company--or risk losing forever the man she loves, and possibly even her ... more »own life. While attending the Carnival in Nice, France, beautiful Remy Jardin, the daughter of a prominent New Orleans family, is suddenly attacked by a mysterious masked assailant who knocks her unconscious. When Remy awakes, she is suffering from amnesia, and so at first she is bewildered by the potent attractions she feels toward the strangely familiar man who whisks her from her hospital bed and returns her safely to her home. Who is he? Who is she? Handsome, headstrong Cole Buchanan has fought his way out of a life of poverty and despair in the hardscrabble Algiers Point section of New Orleans to become president of the Crescent Line, the Jardin family's shipping company. He also used to be Remy's lover, and the passion that once existed between them reamins undeniable powerful. But it is obvious to Remy that Cole, while still drawn to her, is furious with her and her family--for reasons that Remy can no longer rememberEAch of them now seems to be wearing a mask.
Home at her family's New Orleans mansion, Remy, haunted by Cole's enigmatic behavior, strives to unravel what has happened to her, to him and to the Crescent Line. As she slowly regains her memorym she is frustrated by her inability to recall anything more than fragments of a truth that continues to elude her. It is Mardi Gras time in New Orleans, and amid the glorious society balls and Cranival parades, it begins to seem to Remy that everyone must be wearing a mask. Why is there such animosity between Cole and her family? What caused the mysterious wreck of the Dragon, one of her family's ships? Wha tis her family, especially her father, her uncle, and her beloved brother, Gabe, trying to hide--not only from Remy, but from the rest of the world? As Remy polunges into her search for the truth behind the facades, she encounters dangers that she could never have imagined. She also must confront the possibility that Cole Buchanan, the man she loves and trusts, is wearing a mask too--that he has betrayed her.
The compelling story sweeps from the palatial hotels and beautiful beaches of the French Riviera to New Orleans, where Remy must move secretly between her life of luxury and a side of the city that she has never really known--the back streets, the French Quarter, life along the mighty river that lies at the city's heart. HOpeing that some of the answers to the mysteries of the present may be buried in the past, Remy also traces her family back to its anscestry in the early glory days of New Orleans, discovering there a heartrending story that bears an unsettling similartiy to her own. As Masquerade accelerates towards its startling conclusion, the masks fall away, and Remy Jardin discovers truths about herself and the people she loves that will change all of their lives forever. A gripping saga of passion and deception, power and intrigue, where nothing is ever what it seems, Masquerade is Janet Dailey's most spellbinding--and most suspenseful--novel yet.« less