Delta Sisters

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From Essence bestselling author Kayla Perrin comes the compelling story of three generations of African American women—-of their deepest secrets and most cherished lies....

"Sensitively explores the relationships between mothers and daughters [and] insights into the power of love and the meaning of family."

—-Publishers Weekly

"A mesmerizing story...will keep readers turning pages long into the night." —-Romantic Times BOOKclub

"Gripping!" —-The New Pittsburgh Courier

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From Essence bestselling author Kayla Perrin comes the compelling story of three generations of African American women—-of their deepest secrets and most cherished lies....

"Sensitively explores the relationships between mothers and daughters [and] insights into the power of love and the meaning of family."

—-Publishers Weekly

"A mesmerizing story...will keep readers turning pages long into the night." —-Romantic Times BOOKclub

"Gripping!" —-The New Pittsburgh Courier

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In contrast to its well-constructed predecessor, The Sisters of Theta Phi Kappa (2001), Canadian author Perrin's second sorority-themed romantic suspense novel fails to grip. In the summer of 1975, the unsolved murder of a wayward teenage girl prompts Sylvia Grayson, matriarch of one of New Orleans' most elite old-money African-American families and one-time president of the Delta Gamma Psi sorority, to be even more protective of her lonely only child, Olivia, who loves the dark and mystery of night. Estranged from her mother, Olivia later becomes a successful horror writer and has a daughter, Rachelle. The author sensitively explores the relationships between mothers and daughters, but the action doesn't pick up until Rachelle reaches college age and considers following the family tradition by pledging for the Deltas. Strange events with voodoo overtones could have deadly consequences for Rachelle, particularly if a well-kept family secret gets out. Perrin knows her sorority politics and offers some insights into the power of love and the meaning of family, but a lack of focus and too much filler will frustrate many readers. Regional author tour. Agent, Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary Agency. (Apr. 22) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312336097
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 807,066
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Kayla Perrin

Kayla Perrin is the author of fifteen novels. She has received an Arts Acclaim Award for her writing from the city of Brampton, Ontario, and has twice won a spot on Romance Writers of America's Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year list. Kayla spends her time between Toronto and Miami, Florida.

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By Kayla Perrin

St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 0-312-30088-3


Lafayette, Louisiana

Spring, 1953

She ran.

She ran as fast as she could, as far as her legs would take her, not daring to stop.

Not daring to look back.

Because if she looked back ...

Oh, God.

Let it be a dream, she told herself, brushing hot tears from her face. Please, God. Let it be a dream.

Not just a dream. A nightmare. One she wished was finally over. Because what she had done was too horrible to think about. Too horrible to carry with her for years to come.

Don't look back. Keep going. Don't stop.

Rounding the corner near the water's edge, one leg slid too far forward. She flailed her arms as she lost her balance, and barely managed to keep from falling. She'd been running too fast. Not thinking.

She didn't want to think. Didn't want to remember.

Her head whipped around at a sound in the brush. Was someone coming?

She started off again, deciding to hug the perimeter of the water. If they were looking for her, they would expect her to take the most direct route back to her house.

The grass was tall and thick near the water's edge, and she held up her bloodied skirt as she trudged through the underbrush. Her toes sank into mud and slime and other things she couldn't identify. She felt a moment of horror. What other creatures were out here? Would a snake wrap itself around her ankle, inject venom into her bloodstream? Would she die here, alone and unforgiven?

A moan clawed at her throat. If that was her fate, then so be it. She deserved it for what she had done.

"Make me forget, Lord," she whispered in a raspy voice. "Oh, Lord. Forgive me!"

Her throat stung from the effort to speak. She'd gone hoarse from the screaming. Concentrating on the task of breathing, she glanced over her shoulder. She could no longer see Miss Lila's carriage house. Her own backyard was just beyond the thicket of trees.

She moved from the water's edge, picking up her pace as she stepped out of the brush. Her bare feet stomped on the thick, moist grass, and twice she slipped and almost fell.

She heard her name on a whisper of wind. The sound was almost lulling in the quiet night, tempting her to stop.

But she didn't.

Don't stop. Don't stop. Lord forgive me.

Her foot hit a rock. Pain shot through her big toe, continued through her foot and then up her leg. Damn, it felt as if her toe had split in two. She took another step forward, crying out as she did. It hurt to move, but she had to keep going. She started off again, but her knees buckled, and she stumbled. She fell to the ground in a heap.

Tears of frustration poured from her eyes. If only she could stay right there and die.

There was her name again, louder this time.

Don't stop. Keep moving. Lord forgive me.

Digging her fingers into the moist grass and dirt, she heaved herself up and started running.

But where was she going? Back to her house? How could she ever return there?

Helplessly she turned, wondering what direction she should head in, where she should go. The bayou glimmered before her. Beneath the moon's rays, the water looked like liquid gold. It was a sight that had always given her comfort in the past, and it gave her a measure of comfort now.

She stepped forward and gripped the trunk of a Sycamore tree. As she paused to rest her body against it, a thought struck her.

And grew.

Could she do it? She stared out at the bayou's vastness, momentarily mesmerized by its tranquility. And in that moment, she didn't think. She only acted on her pain and desperation, on the feeling of emptiness that filled her so completely.

Lifting her skirt, she charged full steam ahead, into the water.

Into a place that would offer peace and solace for what she had done.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    A winner

    In 1953 Lafayette, Louisiana, Sylvia tries to flee from what she did. The incident haunts her for the rest of her life as she suffers nightmares vividly displaying this calamity....................... Still life goes on. Over the next two decades Sylvia insures her own daughter follows a path to success by keeping a rein on Olivia. However, in 1975 New Orleans someone killed Liza ¿bad girl¿ Monroe, which shook up Sylvia more than it should have. She reacts by tightening her control of her daughter until Olivia has had enough and revolts........................................ Two decades later, Olivia¿s daughter Rachelle attends college. However, unbeknownst to the coed, her mother, or her grandmother someone waits. That individual has killed before and will murder anyone who might reveal secrets. Age is no factor to this predator willing to send Sylvia, Olivia, but especially Rachelle to the morgue..................................... This exciting story line freshens up what could have been the trite watcher-killer theme by furbishing characters that seem so genuine so that when something happens, fans empathize with the women as the episode feels real too. The three females make the tale as the audience compares each with one another while also what lurks in the shadows. Kayla Perrin paints a terse psychological suspense thriller that hooks the audience from the moment Sylvia tries to run away from herself until the final confrontation............................ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    The delta sisters

    I thought that this book would be about these girls in a soroity and there would be a girl who would run into problems and then went to her soroity sisters for help. This book was not what I expected it to be,this was so much more interesting. I don't feel the same about the book now that I have read it. This book had suprised me with all of this excitment.There are many characters like rachelle, sylvia, olivia,edward, harvey, belinda, and bernie. I liked this book because I couldn't put it down and thsi book was very esciting and kept me guessing. This book is fiction and the author of this book is Kayla Perrin. This book is very exciting. This book is appropiate for older teens and adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005


    I just finished reading Delta Sisters and thought the author told the story wonderfully. I had my thoughts on who would be the mystery son, but they were wrong. I like that because I hate predicting book endings. I enjoyed the book. Looking forward to reading the latest work and making the referral to my bookclub. Thanks! dkj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004

    Excellent Book for Mother & Daughters

    This book really explores the mother-daughter relationship among the black community. I absolutely loved it.

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