A Ruth Ryan Langan Historical Romance Classic.
Annalisa Montgomery leaves her convent for a visit to the stranger who is her mother. Aboard the paddlewheeler the sheltered young woman meets Chase Masters, a handsome, worldly gambler who leaves an indelible impression on her.
Annalisa's mother dies suddenly, leaving her daughter a shocking legacy - a luxurious house of pleasure in steamy New Orleans. This, in turn, sweeps the convent-bred beauty into a maze of corruption and intrigue. It is the charming Chase who seems always to come to Annalisa's rescue. But Chase harbors secrets of his own. Secrets that lead them into a web of horrors that can offer no happy ending.
Really enjoyed this story. Romance, suspense, mystery. Loved the characters. I've just discovered this author. This is my second reading and will purchase more.