Heaven. Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels are the scum of the hills. But Heaven Leigh Casteel is still the prettiest girl in the backwoods. With a father meaner that vipers, and a stepmother who works like a mule, Heaven and her brother Tommy dream of getting away and showing the world they are decent and worthy of love and respect. But when their stepmother runs off, they are left to face their father's vicious scheme, which threatens to destroy their precious dream forever. Dawn. Happy and safe in her fine new Virginia school, Dawn Longchamp feels that she and her brooding older brother Jimmy have a chance for a respectable life. And with Philip Cutler, the handsomest boy in school, she imagines a lovely dream of romance. But when her mother suddenly dies, Dawn's world begins to crumble. Thrust alone into a new family, and an evil web of unspoken sins, she knows she must find Jimmy to break free of the wicked lies that threaten to destroy any chance at happiness. Ruby. In the heart of the bayou, Ruby Landry lives a simple life with her grandparents, the only family she has ever known. While thinking about her dead mother and mysterious father sometimes makes her mournful, the promise of a wonderful love with handsome Paul Tate fills her with hope. But when she discovers a shocking secret about her parents, and her beloved Grandmere dies, Ruby must travel to her father's New Orleans mansion to seek out the truth. There, in a house of lies, madness and cruel torment, Ruby clings to memories of Paul to keep her heart alive.
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October 1997 : USA Hardback