Amanda's over-protective father frightens away every potential suitor, and Amanda fears spinsterhood. Ashamed that she is 21 years old and never been kissed, she makes arrangements in secret to go to a ball with someone she has heard is a good kisser. This scoundrel, on the other hand, plans to abduct her and force her to marry him, believing her wealthy father will pay him to avoid scandal.
Fortunately, she is rescued by a handsome young man who is secretly in love with her but knows that he is beneath her because of his Acadien (French Canadian) heritage. Of course, his "rescue" must also result in compromise, so Amanda and René are married. Neither knows the true feelings of the other, so they must experience the usual agony of doubt before they are able to confess their love.
But this story is much more than a charming romance, and, as posted by a previous reader, a portrayal of Louisiana history (which is very interesting, by the way). It is also a story of how Americans fought to overcome prejudices between people of different races and cultures in order to work together to make their country successful. America's diversity makes it unique among all other countries in the world, and, rather than take it for granted, we must strive to ensure that America remains a haven for people of all nations and cultures.
I heartily recommend this book and will certainly look for more from this author.