In 1847 Bonita Kelly’s daughter is born, then stolen the moment she emerges from the womb. When Bonita finally rediscovers the child six years later, she’s being raised by another family and has no idea who her true mother is. Rather than cause the pain and turmoil that would result from asserting her motherhood, Bonita befriends the family and masquerades as a pretend auntie in order to maintain at least some access to her child. That arrangement lasts until the girl begins to ask questions that threaten to unmask the charade, at which point the putative mother, Flora Torres, declares an end the whole relationship. Using elements of Bonita’s own past, rumors that her dead parents were criminals, and the fact that her business partner is a former madam, Flora labels Bonita unfit to associate with her own daughter.
You Can’t Keep Her is the story of Bonita Kelly’s fight to clear her parents’ names, and claim her rightful place at her daughter’s side. The fight carries her from San Francisco to New Orleans and back again. An intriguing love triangle adds a delicious spiciness to the whole affair. If you read the original Bonita, you know will find yourself in company of an extraordinary woman when you step into You Can’t Keep Her. If you didn’t, well you’ll have a wonderful time getting to know her as you sail the tempestuous seas of this romantic and suspenseful tale.