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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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.
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. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Kelli
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. Read morePublished on May 28 2002
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. Read morePublished on April 22 2002 by Nora M
This was the perfect ending to the Donovan series. Faith and Walker both had to overcome past hurts to find love within each other. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2002 by Mary Irvine
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. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2001
I enjoyed it - I found the characters to be interesting and likeable. I thought the plot could have been more suspenseful.Published on Aug. 22 2001 by J. Bourne
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by Amazon Customer
It took me a week to finish this book. Usually it takes me three days max. The ending was boring, alot of questions were left unanswered and no loose ends were tie. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by Libra_2526