The Devil’s Bastard by Charlsie Russell
Natchez on the river, 1794. The Spanish Fleet controls the Mississippi, and the Dons rule their rowdy British and American subjects with a patient hand. The location is strategic, the land fertile, and within two decades, cotton will be king. Into this web of international intrigue, the rich and powerful Elizabeth Boswell welcomes her orphaned grandniece Angelique Veilleux and introduces the impoverished beauty to a world of privilege. But power has its enemies and wealth demands a price. Rumor has it Elizabeth’s success stems from dalliance with a lustful demon that still prowls her family farm of De Leau outside Natchez.
At the center of this ominous legend is Elizabeth’s grandson, the handsome and dangerous Mathias Douglas who saves Angelique from degradation and death near the end of her journey to Natchez. Mathias is the son of the doomed Julianna, Elizabeth’s only daughter. Mathias’ father, locals whisper, is Elizabeth’s demon.
Despite the dark rumors, Angelique cannot quell her feelings for Mathias, for whom she would make any sacrifice. An outcast, Mathias is cruelly tested by the temptation of Angelique’s affection. Determined not to dishonor her, he callously puts her aside. But Elizabeth has other plans and offers him the family farm at De Leau to marry the girl. Soon Angelique finds herself desperately in love with the man who has conquered her body and possessed her soul.
But something in the swamps surrounding De Leau stalks her, and nightmares invade her dreams. What she perceives as Mathias’ indifference to the threat leaves Angelique isolated and afraid. She begins to doubt her grandaunt’s motives for sending her to De Leau, as well as Mathias’ role in Elizabeth’s plan. Resolving her doubts means uncovering the secret of Mathias’ sire.
From Mathias and Angelique’s first meeting to Elizabeth Boswell’s revelation at story’s end, “The Devil’s Bastard” is a splendid read. First and foremost a sensual romance, it is also a well-researched historical with a haunting mystery.
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“Great author, great mystery!”
Five Star Review on Amazon by Lynn Bock
This is the 2nd book I have read by Charlsie Russell and they are both amazing! I will read all of her books. About to begin my 3rd!
About the Author
I am a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a retired United States Navy Commander turned author. I love reading, history, and the South. I focus my writing on historical fiction set in my home state of Mississippi. I am decidedly and unapologetically pro-Southern.
After seven years of rejection, I woke up one morning and decided I did not have enough years left on this planet to sit back and hope a New York publisher would one day take a risk on my novels. Thus resolved, I expanded my horizons into the publishing realm with the creation of Loblolly Writer’s House. Four years after the first printed copies of The Devil’s Bastard hit the bookstore shelves, I expanded my formats to include the growing digital markets.
In addition to writing and publishing, I am married and have raised five children. I am now a grandmother several times over. I live with their father/grandfather on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
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