by Cherie Claire

June 2002
ISBN: 0-8217-7256-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Acadian stories continue in a tremendous fashion with the long awaited new book from Cherie Claire. Delphine is a welcome addition to an already stunning series by this author.

Delphine Delaronde discovered her true love when she was but eleven years of age. That was the year her father rescued Philibert Bertrand from certain death and Delphine helped restore the young man to health. Many years have passed since that day and Philibert has now become Captain Jean Bouclaire's partner in his high seas smuggling business.

Upon becoming of age, Delphine goes to Phil's boat and declares her undying love for the man. Dismissing the confession as a childish crush, Phil breaks Delphine's heart and sends her away. Heartbroken at the dismissal, Delphine soon travels to France to spend some time with her dying grandmother and claim her title as Countess upon the grandmother's death.

Phil realizes too late that he too is in love with Delphine and soon sails to France to convince her of this. Many obstacles stand in the way of these two on their road to happiness.

Cherie Claire has created a richly woven story in Delphine. The backdrop of both Louisiana and France add much to the story line. Ms Claire also revisits some characters from the previous books in this series. Ms Claire gives the reader not only a fast paced and fun romance but a history lesson on how the Louisiana Territory was settled. This book is a welcome continuation of a series that I have come to love over the years. I hope that Ms Claire has additional stories concerning this time period to which I look forward to reading.

Reviewed in August 2002 by Barbara.

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