Damita DeSalvedo, the spoiled daughter of plantation owner Alfredo DeSalvedo, purchases a beautiful slave girl, Charissa, to be her personal maid. Damita's harsh treatment of Rissa reveals Damita's prejudice and further hardens Rissa's heart. When Damita leaves on a voyage to Savannah, a storm causes the ship to wreck. She is rescued by Yancy Devereaux, a handsome Kaintuck she once rebuffed because of his race. In a moment of weakness, Damita is drawn to him physically, but Yancy's noble resistance embarrasses her and injures her pride. Financial hardships force the DeSalvedos to consolidate, and Rissa is sold to Dr. Jefferson Whitman. Rissa learns she is the daughter of a wealthy and faithful Christian doctor and the sister of Jefferson, an adopted brother. Jefferson has continued to correspond with Damita and decides to relocate to New Orleans after his father dies. Because of her growing love for Jefferson, Rissa reluctantly goes with him. Now the tables are turned: Rissa is a wealthy, free woman, while Damita's family struggle to keep the plantation. Jefferson, Damita, Rissa, and Yancy each struggle to find their way in the midst of personal struggle. Will they find the love and faith they each so desperately need?
Format: Paperback Vendor: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: 2004 ISBN: 0785268065
ISBN-13: 9780785268062 Availability: In Stock Series:Creole
For her sixteenth birthday, Damita De Salvado receives a beautiful slave girl, Rissa, but mistreats her, revealing Damita's prejudice and hardening Rissa's heart. When her family experiences financial hardships, Damita grudgingly sells Rissa to a mysterious Christian doctor, Jefferson Whitman, who is Rissa's adopted brother. Now the tables have turned: Rissa is a wealthy, free woman, while Damita's family struggles to keep the plantation. Will both women find the love and security they long for?
Dr. Gilbert Morris is the best-selling author of more than 220 novels, several of which are Christy Award winners. He is a retired English professor from a Baptist college in Arkansas.