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Diana writes in looking for what sounds like an old skool romance – with two families at odds:

I thought it was Jennifer Blake or Patricia Rice, but it was neither. A historical set in New Orleans. Young lady and her brother come to N.O. I think looking for her father. Mama has died. They discover papa has led a secret life in N.O.,. He has another wife and son. The other wife has a creole brother. He paints. The 2 brothers get into a fight. Not a dual. I think both brothers eventually end up dead. The girl gets kidnapped by the other wife’s brother. He wants to paint her. He of course seduces her. He wants to keep her there to prevent his sister from finding out about the other family and getting hurt. The girl escapes. She tries to walk back to N.O. from the plantation outside of town. Yellow fever has just hit N.O. so people are leaving the city not going into it.

The girl somehow ends up at the other wife’s plantation on the way. She takes her in and discovers that she is really the daughter of her dead husband by another wife. She is nice to her. The wifes brother comes to the plantation and sees the girl there and tries to force her to leave with him. his sister prevents it. I think his name is Raoul or something like that. The girls father married 2 women because he was promised in the Creole tradition and had to marry her. But when he traveled out of town he met the girls mother and fell in love and couldn’t leave her. I know it is politically incorrect now, but I want to reread it. If anyone can remember title or author.
Thanks in advance!

This sounds like a lot of the drama llama in one novel – anyone remember this book?


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    hollygee says:

    I don’t know this one, but it led me to chase down an old YA book of Phyllis A Whitney, Creole Holiday ( Holiday.htm). So glad that I remembered the author, because this is oooooooold—1959.

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    Sarah Elle says:

    Sounds vaguely like “Creole Nights” by Deborah Martin:

    Sultry Days, Creole Nights . . .
    Elina Vannier’s life couldn’t get much worse. Her father was missing, her brother dead, and the most attractive man she’d ever met thought she was a lying cheat. And soon she discovered in jasmine-scented New Orleans that her whole past might be a lie.

    Convinced that Elina wanted to destroy his family’s reputation, Rene Bonnange lured the young girl to his lush plantation to buy her silence. But as the languid days passed, he found himself longing for the deceitful beauty. No matter what the cost, Rene would uncover the truth about Elina—and together they would share a tempestuous ecstasy that would forever change their lives.

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    freshechelle says:

    Deborah Martin as in Sabrina Jeffries? 

    I think I read this in the early 80s but haven’t got a clue what it is.  My aunt used to give my grocery bags filled with romances and this was probably in there.  Sorry, I can’t help.

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    Tina C. says:

    This sounded familiar but I couldn’t place it.  Then Sarah Elle recounted the plot of Creole Nights and it sounds like she’s nailed it.

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    SusiB says:

    I don’t know the book but the plot sounds like something Katherine Sutcliffe would have written.

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    Lovecow2000 says:

    There’s a Jennifer Blake that features Creole intrigue and Yellow fever, but I don’t think this is what you want. You could also check out Shirlee Busbee. I swear I have read this.

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    Diana says:

    Creole Nights that sounds exactly like it. I’ll have to check it out on the internet and see if that is it. I’m more into the Katie Macallister, Christina Dodd, paranormals and Janet Evanovich now. But still like to reread the old ones occasionally.
    It is not a Katherine Sutcliffe. I am a big old time fan of hers and it’s not one of them. Nope not Blake either. Hers are similar though.
    Thanks a lot for the answers! If I find out exactly what it is I’ll post here.

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