Step back in time as Jamai Allen returns from England with an education and the determination to use it to work, live, and love as she wants to regardless of the time's taboos on women. She gets a job only to have her heart stolen by Lou Sutton-handsome, arrogant, and famous for avoiding any lasting engagements. She balances her job and reputation while keeping Lou at arm's distance as they work together. Can she tame society and Lou as well? Their adventures include boarding a tug boat mid-river before dawn; an attack by river pirates; and a dead of night rendezvous with the Delta Belle north of Memphis to flee the yellow fever epidemic. The novel begins with a puzzling murder and reminds us time and events change, but people don't...
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The review of this Book prepared by Jacqueline J. Griffey
After the civil war Jamai Allen returns from England with an education and determination to use it instead of "marrying and pouring tea just because it's expected." She manages to get a job in spite of a society deaf to women but loses her heart to Lou Sutton-handsome, arrogant, and famous for avoiding long engagements. Against the backdrop of Reconstruction and the onset of the yellow fever epidemic she balances her job and her reputation while keeping Lou at a distance. Their adventures include boarding a tug mid-river before dawn, an attack by river pirates, and a dead of night rendezvous with the Delta Belle to escape the fever only to be drawn back to aid a friend arrested for murder! MEMPHIS is the trials and triumphs of three families: The Allens who buy into the river boat trade; the LeMares, who own the only gourmet restaurant in town; and the Suttons, who own the newspaper.