Beautiful Margaret Claiborne was sheltered and convent-bred when, after the Civil War, she fled the defeated South to Brazil. In this distant land that had its own rules about life and love, Margaret met and married her best friend’s brother, the most powerful man in Rio. Though he adored her, blond, god-like Erik Larson harbored his dark secrets from Margaret—his exotic mistresses and his children of mixed race. As sensual and haunting as the glittering life of Rio de Janeiro it evokes, River of Dreams is the intensely emotional story of a woman’s romantic quest for fulfillment and of the two strong men who each possessed part of her, as she burned for the love of one, and was swept up in a fury of passion for the other.
“You will float with fascination down Gay Courter’s River of Dreams…through the landscape she explores brilliantly, from village to plantation to the complex social and business worlds of Rio.” — Washington Post
“Intricate, colorful and entertaining.” — The New York Times
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