Tulsa Tempest/Tulsa Turning (Tulsa Series 1-2)
by Norma Jean Lutz
ISBN 0759933111 (0-7599-3311-1)
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Softcover, Hard Shell Word Factory, 2006
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Book summary: TULSA SERIES BOOKS 1 and 2 TULSA TEMPEST: The boomtown is about to explode! When country girl Tessa Jurgen learns that her bootlegging father has promised her in marriage to a man she doesn't love, she seeks refuge in the supposedly progressive boomtown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The year is 1921. As governess to the children of an oil baron, Tessa is befriended by the black household servants, Chloe, Jasper, and Pole. Together they become a true family. But the handsome schoolteacher, Gaven MacIntyre, is also interested in forming a partnership with Tessa, despite his worry that she is "overly friendly" to black people. Racial tensions remain at a simmer until Jasper and a friend are accused of "accosting" a white girl. Will Tessa stand up for what she knows is right, even if it means losing Gaven? Or will she be drawn into Tulsa' tempest of prejudice and hatred? TULSA TURNING: She's determined to get what she wants out of life. When Clarette Fortier is on assignment, the competition had better run for cover. An up-and-coming reporter for a New York newspaper, Clarette is now in Tulsa, hot on the trail of the inside story of the race riots that plagued that city. When Clarette is not on assignment, she is as determined to find the right man as the inside scoop. Shelby Harland is her current date du jour, a man who knows how to show a woman a good time. Also vying for her time is Erik Torsten, a big handsome Swede. But Clarette is uncomfortable when Erik talks about God and the Bible. Accustomed to finding and printing the truth whatever the cost, Clarette may not foot the bill this time. Her job is in jeopardy, and she's received threats from the Klan. When she looks death in the face, it's time to find out what truly matters in life.
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