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Necessary Sins (Lazare Family Saga Book 1)
In antebellum Charleston, a Catholic priest grapples with doubt, his family's secret African ancestry, and his love for a slave owner's wife.
Joseph Lazare and his two sisters grow up believing their black hair and olive skin come from a Spanish grandmother—until the summer they learn she was an African slave. While his sisters make very different choices, Joseph struggles to transcend the flesh by becoming a celibate priest.
Then young Father Joseph meets Tessa Conley, a devout Irish immigrant who shares his passions for music and botany. Joseph must conceal his true feelings as Tessa marries another man—a plantation owner who treats her like property. Acting on their love for each other will ruin Joseph and Tessa in this world and damn them in the next.
Or will it?
NECESSARY SINS is the first book in the sweeping Lazare Family Saga that transports readers from the West Indies to the Wild West, from Charleston, Paris, and Rome into the depths of the human heart. Passion, prejudice, secrets, and a mother's desperate choice in the chaos of revolution echo through five generations. If you enjoyed THE THORN BIRDS or the novels of Sara Donati, dive into Elizabeth Bell's epic historical fiction today.
Praise for Necessary Sins
"A feast of a novel by an extraordinary new voice. Haunting, meticulously researched, and exquisitely told through characters so human you'd swear they have beating hearts." -- KATHLEEN GRISSOM, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House
"A taut, compelling family drama with a fresh and intriguing setting. Necessary Sins will be a welcome read for fans of historical fiction." -- OLIVIA HAWKER, internationally bestselling author of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow
- Finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship
- Second Place in the Maggie Awards for Excellence in the category Novel with Strong Romantic Elements