Southern Rapture Author:Jennifer Blake Lettie Mason, a reserved Yankee schoolteacher, possesses a fierce determination that belies her limpid beauty. And when her brother, Henry, is murdered under mysterious circumstances in Louisiana, she ignores the danger and goes south to uncover the truth. — She rents a room at Splendora, the plantation home of Ransome "Ranny" Tyler, a former con... more »federate officer whose tragic head injury has left him with the mind of a child. During the day, she gives lessons to Ranny, uncontrollably drawn to his gentle innocence.
A chief suspect in her brother's murder is the elusive "Thorn," a legendary outlaw and master of disguises. When he steals into Lettie's bedroom one night and ravishes her, she is overwhelmed by a passion she would be ashamed to admit. She arranges for his capture...never realizing that Ranny and the Thorn are one and the same....« less
Lettie Mason, a proper yet headstrong Boston schoolteacher, journeyed to a small Louisiana town after the Civil War to expose the wretched rogue who'd killed her brother. The man was known as Thorn--a man with a reputation for both murder and mercy. She was sure he had killed her brother, but she learned that he also helped save the homes and lives of many townspeople. How could she reconcile these two different images of the same man--and how could she accept the overwhelming desire, the thrilling passion, and the reckless abandon he aroused deep within her?