Nicholas Trench's granddaughter vanished years ago. He hopes her friend Hallie can unravel the mystery. As she searches, Hallie reexamines her life.
Jessica Abbott, fleeing her own past, finds herself the center of a whirlpool of conflict at Hampden House, high on its cliff in the Virgin Islands. She is confronted by Catherine Drew, a woman whose sole purpose is to torment and destroy. Catherine is the wife of a vital, driven man, Kingdom Drew toward whom Jessica is irresistibly drawn. Jessica must defy the beautiful, self-indulgent Catherine, who likes to affect the name of a shell Columbella. She must fight for the very future of another woman's child. Above all she must find the strength to help the man she loves escape the trap Catherine has set for him. Yet each day Catherine seems to mock her in a new way - and win. Until the night of the shell. ... Always the brilliant island sun shines over Hampden House in St. Thomas and over Caprice, the plantation in St. Croix that is crumbling to eerie ruin, guarded by its unicorns. Always the threat of a hurricane looms over this exotic setting, where the past still affects the present. And, like a hurricane, the suspense mounts in this, Phyllis A. Whitney's most exciting and chilling novel.
Lacey Elliot seems to have everything--looks, talent, and a thriving business--but there has always been a great deal missing from her life. For the past years, her mother staunchly refused to discuss Lacey's absent father or the fact that the women seem to be totally alone in the world without any relatives. While her mother is recovering from a debilitating illness, a letter arrives from a woman claiming to be Lacey's great-aunt. Driven by a need to discover what her mother has feared all her life, Lacey sets off for the town of Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, a quiet community with a tumultuous past. Here she hopes to discover who she really is and why her past has been shrouded in mystery for so long. Indeed, the letter sets in motion events that cannot be stopped, for Lacey quickly learns the whereabouts of her mother's family, that her father was killed when she was young, and that her aunt believes his killer has returned to walk among them once more. Vividly imagined and unforgettably compelling, Daughter of the Stars is a riveting novel of family bonds and the crimes committed for love.
Laurel York has dreamed of this reunion with her father, the famous writer Clifton York, for years. And when she follows him down to the exotic Florida Keys, both love and evil meet her in the form of handsome Marcus O'Neill, who welcomes her, but her two suspicious stepsisters do not. Then there is Clifton York himself, the strange man they all love, and the secret buried treasure that has lain undetected for years. Only the prize orchids waiting in the greenhouse hold the key to a life that Laurel has only dreamed about--or a nightmare that can only end in murder. . .
When Susan returns to her ancestral home, the visit stirs up long-suppressed memories within her, her grandmother, and other members of the community.
Fleeing from her mob-connected ex-husband, Carol, a young writer, seeks refuge with her aunt, a reclusive former movie star whose fortresslike mansion overlooks the opulence of Palm Springs. As Carol begins research for a biography of her famous aunt, she is drawn into an old Hollywood scandal that menaces many lives.
Kelsey Stewart goes to California. Circumstances lead her to a boy who is in a coma.
She had run away from Athmore, the brooding mansion, and her ruined marriage 2 years ago. Now a letter and her own uncertain heart compel her to return, but the invitation is not innocent...
A teenage girl tries to blend into her new family, making it the roughest summer of her life.
It was on the mist-enshrouded island of Hampton, off the coast of Georgia, that Lacey Ames had once fallen in love with Giles Severn, heir to the island-and there that she had lost him to the wiles of her cousin Elise. The island still guarded as well the shameful secret of Lacey's own past. When Lacey returns at last to Hampton, she finds herself once again swept up in her love for Giles, and threatened by the overwhelming conflicts that follow.
Marcia goes to Japan with her small daughter to try to save her marriage
An ancient Chinese idol helps Jan solve an old family mystery.
Taffy Saunders finds mystery and adventure on beautiful Mackinac Island, where her mother has unexpectedly inherited a hotel. A stipulation in the will states that Mrs. Saunders must manage the hotel successfully for a summer in order to gain title to it. Taffy and her mother arrive at Sunset House to find the little hotel enveloped in an atmosphere of mystery and antagonism. Celeste, the exotic and superstitious French-Indian cook, has gone on strike and the housekeeper and her daughter seem strange and unfriendly. But it is not until mysterious happenings scare the guests into leaving that Taffy realizes someone wants her mother to fail. Who? Why? These are the questions she tries to answer. Eerie gulls, a locked room, a Chinese gong ringing mysteriously in the night, and the initials J. B. are only a few of the clues that lead Taffy through thrilling and baffling episodes to an unexpected solution. Taffy's breath-taking adventures are surrounded by the fascinating color of historic Mackinac Island. Miss Whitney has captured the vacation atmosphere of the island, yet its battle days seem to return as Taffy and her friend David Marsh search for a missing key among the guns of the old fort.
Sharon thinks her dreams have come true when she meets the man of her dreams. When she goes to the family home, Poinciana she finds she will not live happily ever after
Christy Loren has inherited psychic powers from her mother, a renowned psychic. Haunted by the images of murder victims she has helped to find, she flees to her aunt in Virginia, only to find that here, too, her powers are needed to solve a possible murder and the disappearance of a strange young woman. Fearing the evil she senses, and attracted to the husband of the missing woman, Christy only reluctantly investigates. In solving the puzzle, she comes to terms with her gift. The somewhat.
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