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.
In this scene, Leo's on the edge of his temper, about to break the first rule of a Southern man--never hit a woman.
Leo turned back with a red fury, and it became obvious to Katie, Lorrie, and Daniella that he was holding himself back from physically harming her. As a Southern gentleman, he’s been taught his whole life that it’s a horrible shame to his honor to put his hands on any woman in anger, especially his own flesh and blood, but Daniella was pushing him to the end of his limits.