"Digging up tragedy and mystery"
She had to make herself part of his project. She had to
make him believe she was who she said she was. After all,
she'd done this before and it had always worked. But before
she hadn't fallen in love with the man she was playing the
con on. Heather Winstrobe (or so she said) was a major
player in the archaeology field. She was there at the
expense of Gene DuBois, to help him find treasure that
supposedly was buried on his 40-acre plot of land.
Gene has major issues. After time spent in the service, he
finally returns home to show everyone that he isn't
the "bastard" child they think he is. His mother is
certifiably Southern-belle mentality and refuses to show
anything more for him than she ever has. Which is
nothing. His brother, Harlan, seems to be the favorite son
and can do no wrong, even when he tries to kill Gene and
sabotage his project.
I really had a hard time with this book at first as it
jumped right into the plot without much background and it
took quite awhile to get to the point. The connection
between Heather and Gene was done well and the other "side"
romances were humorous. The tragedy of the plantation days
at Summer's Respite was horrible but truly done and finally
made the title and the back story come to life. I think
Thirteen Souls ended well and justly but I had a
hard time getting there from page one without giving up.
It is basically a good story, but missing something to
connect it all together.
Reviewed by Nancy Eriksen
Posted April 25, 2009