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Book: Summer of Deception by Elva Cobb Martin

Book: Summer of Deception by Elva Cobb Martin

categories: Book, Inspirational Fiction, Charleston Plantations, Tea Plantation, Marine Special Ops, Nanny, Romantic Suspense


Elva Cobb Martin

Author Elva Cobb Martinabout this book: How I Was Inspired to Write SUMMER OF DECEPTION

I came up with the idea of writing Summer of Deception while visiting Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, near Charleston, S.C. That same trip I visited Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island south of Charleston.

Part of the plot motivation came from an old series of newspaper articles about the Edisto Island Jackpot Cocaine bust and trial in the mid-1980's, organized by then U.S. Attorney Henry McMaster (now the current governor of South Carolina). Several wealthy, educated Low Country people were indicted for participating in South American drug drop offs at their family Edisto Island hideaways secluded docks.

I knitted all this together and came up with an exciting, inspirational romantic suspense between the current tea plantation owner, a wounded, bitter, Middle Eastern War veteran, and a young Yankee nanny who arrives at the plantation (unexpectedly) for the summer job promised by the owner's deceased uncle.

Rachel York falls for the handsome special ops vet, but soon uncovers evidence he's involved in drug smuggling from his coast line which her deceased DEA brother gave his life to investigate. Luke Barrett falls for her, too, but ends up with serious suspicions about her and why she really came to Charleston. It all adds up to a crackling Summer of Deception.

If you love romance and the South Carolina Low Country's plantation life, you will enjoy reading this novel.

My second novel, In a Pirate's Debt is a prequel to Summer of Deception.

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