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Midnight in Ruby Bayou [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Lowell
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June 8 2000
From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell comes a tale of adventure and electrifying suspense. Faith Donovan has poured her heart and soul into making exquisite artistic jewelry favored by the rich and famous. Her creations require rubles of the finest quality. To get such gems, Faith, whom experience has taught to trust NO man outside her family, must work with Owen Walker, an easy-going Southerner with an intimate knowledge of the ruby trade and mans murderous greed. Faith and Walker travel to Savannah to seek the help of the Montegeaus, a family reputed to be in possession of a fortune in fine gems. Drawn into a terrifying web of greed, corruption, and betrayal, Faith and Walker discover the dark and shameful secrets of generations of Montegeaus. Horrified by what they have learned and the danger that is closing in on them, they race for their lives across the black water of the salt marshes-pursued by greedy men and a deadly past.

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From Publishers Weekly

A close-knit family in the jewelry business, a clan of Southern aristocrats descended from smugglers, the FBI and a Russian assassin clash in this juicy final episode in Lowell's Donovan series (Pearl Cove, etc.). When Seattle-based jewelry designer Faith Donovan is commissioned by Davis MontegeauAher best friend Mel's future father-in-lawAto design a necklace using 13 priceless rubies of uncertain origin, she becomes the target of an assassin trying to recover jewels stolen from the fabled Hermitage in Leningrad. To protect Faith, her brothers assign Owen Walker, dashing troubleshooter and gem expert, to accompany her and the necklace to a jewelry show in Savannah and then on to the wedding on Hilton Head Island. From the moment Faith and Walker start out, the fate of the rubies becomes entwined with their budding romance. As Faith and Walker learn when they come to stay at Ruby Bayou, the Montegeau family's crumbling old plantation on Hilton Head, the alcoholic Davis has mortgaged the place to keep a failed land deal afloat, and as a result he's now mixed up with a New Jersey crime family. Davis's sister, Tiga, hasn't been right in the head for years, ever since her father, who had forced her into incest, was blasted with a shotgun by parties unknown. That same night, the Blessing Chest, filled with all the family gems, disappeared, and only Tiga knows where it might be. Though constantly shifting points of view and a few gratuitous sex scenesAeven by genre standardsAdetract from the tale, Lowell wraps things up neatly as all parties converge on the Bayou, and Faith and Walker contrive to save the day. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Jewelry designer Faith Donovan has created a peerless necklace containing $1 million in rubies. Her plan is to exhibit the necklace and turn it over to the owners. Unfortunately, the gems appear to have dubious ownership. Owen Walker, ruby expert, works for Faith's brother Archer, who is insuring the rubies in transit; he also makes an excellent bodyguard. Faith is torn between resentment and attraction; Walker is simply torn. He wants Faith but doesn't believe he's in the same class as the Donovans. When mysterious accidents begin dogging the designer, social classes take a backseat to staying alive. Laural Merlington is a good match for Lowell's often emotionally charged story. Although her male voices and Southern drawl could use work, she effectively manages to keep the characters distinct and the pace lively. This is the latest Donovan family sequel; public libraries should expect demand. Recommended. Jodi L. Israel, Jamaica Plain, MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and charming May 23 2004
By Kelli
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the better romances I have read. Not quite on par with some of the other Donovan series books, but still head and shoulders above most romance novels. I love learning something with my romance so all of the info about rubies and the south is great, but the book might annoy those less interested in real-world background. I agree Faith is not the most fascinating Donovan heroine, but I loved the mob/old family entanglements and she's still pretty funny.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well, at least the hero is a keeper June 5 2002
By Susan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I must be in a minority of one, if E. Lowell's books are so very popular. What does she or her readers have against a female protagonist with strength, depth or any kind of character? Granted, these books are fantasy and can't be taken as anything other that fantasy, but do women really fantasize about being morons with no spine? Is there a heroine in any one of Lowell's books who doesn't have a phobia due to one incident in which they were in danger in their past? Honestly, do most women really dream about being weak kneed, lily livered cowards? I guess they must, since books like Lowell's seem to be all the publishers will toss off the assembly line.
However, I'm writing this review (and giving the book 2 stars) because there was one bright spot in it. For once, Lowell has written a hero with charm, humor and appeal, unlike the cardboard cutouts in the other books in this series. Man, was that guy sexy and cute. Of course, it wouldn't be a Lowell book if the hero didn't protect the heroine without her knowledge (because, every one knows women are not to be trusted to protect themselves, they don't have the brain power and are too emotional to deal with a stressful situation with any kind of toughness). In spite of that, I like Walker and wish Lowell would try to flesh out other characters as well. And please, if you're reading this, Elizabeth, please try to get beyond the damsel in distress syndrome. It's so very tired, and surely you and your publishers realize there are women like me in this world. Women who actually fantasize about a man who can fall in love with a strong, skilled and confident woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED THIS BOOK May 28 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again, the Donovans win your heart. I can't say enough about Midnight in Ruby Bayou. I have read it 4 times and loved it more each time. Faith is strong, intelligent and very talented. Walker is strong, gentle and the kind of man every woman would want. Together they take on "Uncle" and the maffia (with the help of the other Donovan's of course).
I love the entire Donovan series and hope that Ms. Lowell will continue the series with Justin and Lawe's stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! April 22 2002
By Nora
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the first three in this series and absolutely loved them. This 4th book was just as good as the first three. Loved the mystery combined with the love story. Men never know what's good for them, do they?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Owen Walker! Feb. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the perfect ending to the Donovan series. Faith and Walker both had to overcome past hurts to find love within each other. I loved the way that the entire Donovan family from all 3 previous books were woven into the plot. I loved hearing about Honor & Jake's daughter, Lianne and Kyle's twins, and Archer and Hannah's pregnancy. Having read all of the other books prior to this one I could appreciate every aspect of the plot.
I am enthralled by the way that Lowell uses characters from different backgrounds, like Seattle and South Carolina and makes them fall in love and they each cherish their culture and learn to respect the others.
I have already read each book in the series at least a dozen times each and I will keep reading them for a long time to come. I do wish that Lowell would write about Justin and Lawe though. I feel like part of their family is missing not knowing about them.
All in All... a MUST HAVE for your romance collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Midnight on Ruby Bayou Dec 21 2001
By A Customer
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GREAT!! A great ending to the series. Although Owen is attacted to Faith,when her brother and Owen's boss ask him to guard Faith he does. The last in the Donavan Series, Faith is pursued by a Russian after a ruby he is told she has. This one takes you to the bayou of Owen's childhood. While he struggles with the past and his feelings for Faith the mysteries keep mounting. A lot of mystery,passion and laughter.Owen's southern gentlemen charm and cool control, won my heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first Lowell book Aug. 23 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed it - I found the characters to be interesting and likeable. I thought the plot could have been more suspenseful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Aug. 19 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No suspense, no tension and not much sizzle. Not really up to the other "Donovan" books, Amber Beach, Jade Island and Pearl Cove. Owen Walker steals the story. He is the best thing in the book. However Faith is lacking in so many ways. She just doesn't light up the pages like all the other Donovan's. There is not much of the Donovan family in this book. Like most series, after the first 3 or so the plot gets weak and the characters start to fade.
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