"Very fascinating romantic suspense"
Two decades ago in Sumarville, Mississippi, Jolie
Royale barely escaped with her life, but her mother, aunt
and the gardener were left dead. Though officially ruled a
murder-suicide, as the gardener was allegedly her aunt's
lover, Jolie knows better. Though she saw the face of the
killer she cannot identify the person because she cannot
recall what she actually seen.
Now her stepbrother Max Devereaux asks Jolie to return
to her family's plantation, Belle Rose, for her father's
funeral. Jolie would prefer to stay away from her
hometown, not just because of the bad memories but also
because she loves Max who hates the Royales. However,
there are some folks who prefer that Jolie not come back
including her stepsister. Amongst that crowd exists an
individual who fears that the plantation may trigger
memories so Jolie might recall a certain visage. That
individual targets her as the next victim with only Max to
Though amnesia has been used a quadrillion times as a
plot device, Beverly Barton provides a fresh tale due to a
sizzling romance starring two engaging protagonists. The
story line keeps the tension high, as the audience never
knows who the culprit is until the tale is completed.
Though the subplot involving the stepsister adds little
depth except as a symbol of local antagonism to Jolie's
return, readers will know that WHAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW is a
strong romantic suspense.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 22, 2002