Though Debra is saddened by the death of her beloved aunt, she treasures the historic home in Galveston, Texas the dear woman left to her. Also, bequeathed, are a string of flawless pearls and a note warning her to never wear them. Unable to resist, Debra fastens them around her neck. She never dreams of the history behind the pearls, or the power they will have over her life. Will she solve their mystery, or wear them to her death?
My Review: Engulfed in sorrow by the passing of her Aunt Lacy, Debra never imagined she’d have to deal with Lacy’s ex-husband Dave, and stepson, Denny.
When Debra finds a mysterious strand of pearls in a safe deposit box and the warning never to wear them, she couldn’t resist trying them on. The pearls won’t come off. It is as if they are meant to protect her. When Dave tries to take them from her, they find themselves transported back in time two hundred years.
Imagine the shores of Galveston, Texas, then known as Campeche adorned with Spanish Galleons and pirate ships, the coastal waters lapping against the sand and the sometimes unbearable humidity. Debra is thrust into the midst of unscrupulous pirates. They have a keen eye for the necklace she wears, but each time someone tries to take it, she disappears and becomes known as a witch.
But there’s one man, Ensign Jeremy Jenkins, who wins her heart and even though she’s transported back to present day Galveston, she vows she’ll return to Campeche to stay with him. To do so, she must find the secret of the pearls.
Ms. Cogan takes the reader on a marvelous fantasy back into time. The characters are well developed and the story flows holding the reader captive until the very last page is turned. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.
About the author: A native of Houston, TX, Karen spent her early years enjoying life along the Gulf Coast. After high school, she attended Texas A&M as well as the University of Houston where she obtained a B.S. in early childhood education. She has written numerous articles and stories, books for children and novels for adults. She particularly enjoys writing contemporary and historical romance. She now lives in the Southwest with her family and assorted pets.