From the metropolitan streets of Dubai, Daniella is called back to her family home in the American South to help a family that threw her away many years ago. Going back will mean digging up skeletons from her past that she'd hoped to bury forever, but someone murdered her father, and skeletons don't like living in closets.
Dedra Stevenson is the author of The Hakima's Tale trilogy, Tales of the Lantern, Antar and Haider, and Magnolia Grove. Living in the Middle East had always provided Dedra with a great treasure of folklore and imaginative stories to gain inspiration from.
Daniella sees Leo for the first time in many years
Daniella has taken the journey back to the USA to help her cousin, Leo. He's in prison, being held for the murder of Daniella's father, Ross Pierce II, a wealthy and powerful business leader in the deep South.
Will Leo blow up when he sees her? After all, he did help to kick her out of the family all those years ago when she married an Arab, or...a "Sand Nigger" as he put it. How will their first meeting after all those years go down?
As the doors swung open, she found that there weren’t many people there yet, but the star of the show was there—Leo, who was sitting beside his attorney and only a stone’s throw from a burly prison guard. When he heard the doors open, he swung around to see who’d arrived and felt truly surprised to see Daniella standing there.He immediately let go of some of the emotion that he’d been holding back all this time as he sat there looking at the look of love and concern on her face. A few tears streamed from his eyes.He seemed totally broken, completely unlike the harsh redneck ass beater that he was a few years ago.At that moment, his eyes were soft, and his look was one of agony and relief, relief that he wasn’t alone anymore. Daniella’s protective instincts immediately took hold of her and she rushed up to him and sat down on the bench behind.