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Welcome back to Bellafontaine!!
Posted by Elizabeth Benway on 5/18/2003
After the tragic deaths of Duke and Angelique Fontaine, their children, Jackson and Casey, discover their father has an illegitimate daughter living in Hawaii. In spite of their shock they know they must inform their half sister of their father's death and make arrangements for her to attend the reading of the will.
All of Noelani Hana's life she has lived with hurt anger towards the man that fathered her but was never a parent to her. Now she is shocked to discover she has siblings and reluctantly travels to Louisiana for the will to be read, fully intending to collect her share of the inheritance so she can return to Maui. But once she arrives at Bellafontaine she learns the Fontaine's can not afford to buy her out until the harvest so she agrees to stay until that time. Noelani becomes the new mill manager and she suspects someone is out to sabotage the business.
Adam Ross is a family friend and the renovator that is contracted to rebuild Bellafontaine's kitchen that had been damaged by fire months ago. He is instantly attracted to Noelani's exotic looks and desires her as much as he wants to reclaim ownership of his childhood home Magnolia Manor. He falls hard for Noelani but she plans to return to Hawaii when her inheritance is secured. Will the love between them that blossoms at Bellafontaine survive? Will the Fontaine sugar plantation survive the person that seeks to ruin it all?
My gosh, this series thus far has held me entralled as if I were watching it played out on the big screen. I am very intrigued with this Louisiana family as it struggles through family and business hardships. The love and warmth for each other is beautifully felt when the Fontaine heirs finally bond together in their quest to save what their father created. THE SECRET DAUGHTER is a great story and I very much enjoyed the hero and heroine's fall into love. I am a true romantic at heart! Now, I can hardly wait to read the last book in the "Raising Cane" saga JACKSON'S GIRLS.
Terrific! Very highly recommended
Posted by C. Penn on 5/16/2003
When he died, Duke Fontaine left behind a secret daughter. His acknowledged children, Casey and Jackson, discovered the news of Noelani Hana in old letters between their father and Noelani's mother. Devastated that their father had an affair while married to their mother, they are not welcoming to Noelani. She does not mind. She would not want anything of the estate except it would afford her to fulfilling her lifelong dream of purchasing a sugar mill
Unfortunately, when Noelani arrives she learns the estate is cash poor until recent losses are recovered from insurance and the next sugar crop is harvested. With suspicious activity making the Fontaine heirs suspect someone is out to sabotage their business, they soon find themselves joining forces. Adam Ross also proves his value, but Noelani resists becoming involved with a man she will inevitably leave behind in a few months.
Authors who share a series and then pen only the middle section of a trilogy face profound challenges in keeping the overlapping characters and plotlines both consistent and believable. Author Roz Denny Fox rises to the occasion with her characteristic flair in THE SECRET DAUGHTER. Readers of the first part of the "Raising Cane" miniseries met Casey, encountering a strong, determined woman who would not accept the news of a secret sister easily. Fox maintains Casey's harsh strength, developing it into the resentment and anger that seems incredibly appropriate, especially in light of her recent loss. Noelani's own resentment of the past gives way to shimmering new emotions as she encounters siblings that match her determination and resourcefulness. Only a hero like Adam equals such a powerful woman. Fox realizes the emotional depths of these characters with the dazzling clarity and extraordinary perception that readers have come to expect from her work. THE SECRET DAUGHTER comes very highly recommended.