Ciji Ware's latest release from Random House/Ivy continues where her best selling MIDNIGHT ON JULIA STREET--set in steamy, elegant, decadent New Orleans--left off.

A LIGHT ON THE VERANDA takes place two years later in regal, antebellum Natchez, a town of twenty thousand souls perched high on a bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi.

When classical harpist Daphne Duvallon left the Big Easy at the eleventh hour in the middle of her own wedding and ran away to New York, she vowed never to return to the land of her ancestors.

Now, weary from professional battles and personal despair, she has come back to the South, to Natchez, a city as mysterious and compelling as the ghostly voices that haunt her dreams. A hasty visit to play the harp at her half- brother King's wedding becomes an unexpected rendezvous with her future when she meets Simon Hopkins, a nationally- renown nature photographer from San Francisco with a dark secret of his own.

Despite her overbearing "magnolia mama" lurking three hours away down river in New Orleans, Daphne decides to spurn her successful classical music career in Manhattan to spend a year in Natchez exploring life as a jazz musician. Her first defiant act is to electrify her harp and co-found an all-woman band called the Aphrodite Jazz Ensemble.

For the first time in years, Daphne knows what she wants- until shadows from another life that cannot forget or forgive threaten to silence the music in her life and destroy her only real chance for happiness.


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A Light on the Veranda
by Ciji Ware

Ballantine Books
May 1, 2001
ISBN #0449150291
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