Ten years ago Kate Mannheim fled the Grand House for New York vowing neverto return. To Kate the old mausoleum represents nothing but frightening badmemories of cold people even if it is her family home. Even her mother'sburial when Kate was nine turned ugly due to her grandmother's nastinessabout the deceased Sara. However, her employers are retiring and she wantsto buy their small bookstore, but needs her deceased mother's diamonds to doso. That is if the gems exist. So here in the winter of 1933 Kate returns toNorth Dakota to obtain her mother's possessions from the Grand House. Thoughher spiteful grandmother just died, Kate quickly realizes that the currentmatriarch Aunt Ruth remains as acerbic as ever, but her uncle looks veryfrail. However, Elliot Carstairs' arms look even more inviting than whenthey were youthful lovers. As they rekindle the flame, she wonders if shecan trust him to help her find the missing diamonds?
July 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback