In 1979 Cleveland, weary teenager Emma Webster wants her dad Ray to stop his scams, especially those that use her and her younger brother J.T. Ray swears this will be the last one and Emma acquiesces and successfully but barely pulls off the venture. An elated Ray tells her they will be more careful in the future. Knowing it will never end yet feeling guilty for deserting J.T., Emma vanishes into the night.
In the present, J.T. hires private investigator Whitaker Lewis to find his sister, missing for over two decades. Though the trail is brilliantly covered, Whitaker thinks he may have found the elusive Emma in St. Augustine in the personality of Susan Wright, owner of the Illusions restaurant. As Whitaker continues to investigate, he begins to fall in love with his target. To her chagrin, she reciprocates his feelings. However, what will happen to any permanent relationship not built on trust when she learns the truth that he is no tourist?
Original title: The Notorious Mrs. Wright
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Contemporary