Wealthy Creole businessman Jean Cuvier had not one secret, but two. Two extra brides, to be precise — which was a scandalous shock to his true wife. Except she was no longer a wife now that Jean had been murdered. She was one of the three Cuvier widows. Grief was the last thing Marian Cuvier felt when she got word of her husband's untimely death. Anger, shock, humiliation -- that was more like it. But determination surfaced, too -- to ensure her children's future and find her new place in the world. That led her to Jean's shipping business, and to Louis Fournet, Jean's former partner. Convincing Louis that she was more than a delicate, useless ornament to New Orleans society was the first problem. And when the darkly handsome businessman awakened feelings Marian found wholly unfamiliar but all too tempting, she discovered that convincing herself not to fall in love again was going to be the most difficult task of all.