Hallie Knight is summoned to a historic seaport town by Nicholas Trench, the critically ill grandfather of her former college roommate. Months earlier, Trench's granddaughter Susan mysteriously disappeared from his home and all attempts to learn her fate have failed. He feels that if anyone can find Susan, it will be this woman who was his granddaughter's closest friend. If Hallie is to succeed, though, it won't be with the help of the suspicious relatives who surround the old man. With Susan out of the picture, who among them stands to inherit Trench's money? And why does Hallie suddenly feel so vulnerable in this outwardly peaceful seaside town?
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"Phyllis A. Whitney is a national treasure . . . This mistress of enchantment is still weaving spells with words and entrancing her readers."
"Phyllis A. Whitney is a superb and gifted storyteller, and a master of suspense."
--MARY HIGGINGS CLARK
"I was torn between wanting to get to the end of this beautiful novel because I had to know what happened and not wanting Amethyst Dreams to end because I was enjoying the place and the company so much."
--Anne Perry, author of Brunswick Gardens
"The bestselling author of romantic suspense has a magical way with words . . . . What matters here are the characters' wonderfully wrought temperaments--no sinners, no saints, but ultimately lots of forgiveness--and the subtle, little glimpses of fear that keep readers looking for answers right up to the satisfying conclusion."
Shining with intrigue, allure, and passionate suspense, Amethyst Dreams is Phyllis Whitney at her most spectacular--a story bejeweled with hypnotic prose and spellbinding secrets. . . .
Seeking shelter from her own broken dreams, Hallie Knight answers a cryptic plea for help from Nicholas Trench, the grandfather of her dearest friend. Susan mysteriously disappeared from home one night off North Carolina's historical Topsail Island--and Hallie is Nick's last hope of finding her.
But surrounding Nick is a family as headstrong as they are suspicious--for at the heart of the matter is a vast inheritance. And as Hallie is lured deeper into a mystery nestled in a quagmire of bitterness, dark betrayal, and subtle menace, she becomes certain of one thing: this sunny, seaside paradise harbors dangerous and profoundly shattering secrets. . . .
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Book Description Crown Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0340696508