Serena writes with this sentimental request:
Can you help a Bitch out? My grandmother gave me a book when I was a teen -
part of her romance collection from the 70’s or 80’s. The plot:
Wealthy young woman from a southern family (in Louisiana?) in the early
1800s is at a ball, forced to dance with this dark, brooding fellow (I think
he has some sort of ugly scar), and then he threatens to kill her feckless
fiance (who is also her cousin) if she won’t marry him. So she does and she
goes to live at his plantation where strange things start happening, she
thinks it’s ghosts or something. There’s a mean aunt involved who ends up
trying to poison her with laudanum (this aunt also wears a hair shirt for a
reason I don’t remember), the brooding fellow has a brother/cousin that he
maybe killed out of jealousy (the brooding fellow has a temper – typical
70’s alpha male type). Now that I think about it, the aunt may be trying to
kill the young bride out of revenge for the scarred fellow killing her son.
I seem to remember something about death masks too – the creepy/crazy aunt
had one from her dead husband?
The cover featured a woman in a (red?) cape running away from a plantation
in the background at night.
Any ideas? It was a silly book, but I realized the other day that it was the
only book my grandmother ever shared with me, so I’d like to find it -
sentimental value, you know?
Southern plantation gothic, with laudanum! Anyone remember this book?