"Good beach book"
The gas explosion at the Fontaine sugar refinery will be
the third major insurance claim in the past year from owner
Jackson Fontaine and his family. Previously a fire almost
destroyed the family Antebellum home and a cane harvester
was stolen. Jackson is shaken and worried that he and his
company will become uninsured as no one will take risks
with his multi million dollar claims.
The Sugar Coalition sends insurance investigator Leanna
Cargill to find out what is going on. Jackson catches her
trespassing and threatens to have her locked up, albeit
temporarily if she fails to cooperate and work with him.
Knowing that he could put her away for a few days leaving
her child with the parish, Leanna agrees. Very quickly the
Yankee investigator and the southern CEO fall in love, but
both are raising a child alone and each has a different
agenda when it comes to the arson. Still the two adults
and their two children gain a taste of what could be if
everyone would take a chance on love.
The children's fears disarm the reader and the heroine is a
tough charmer. However, Jackson comes across as
Machiavelli, manipulating the investigation and his beloved
to the point that readers will question why the independent
feisty Leanna would want to live with him. Still readers
will enjoy the final tale in the refined "Raising Cane"
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 26, 2003