1957 copyright; Julian Messner publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; boards quite good; no dust jacket.
"To build a great empire from the pioneer land of Louisiana took a faith and a will as difficult to possess as a blue camellia. In this, one of Frances Parkinson Keyes' finest novels, determined men and valiant women wrest from the land a mighty tradition. The story of Brent and Mary Winslow is an epic of America. In a coutnryside rich with a French, Indian, and Negro heritage, the couple endure incredible hardships to become its foremost citizens. It is in the second generation, in the tragic story of their beautiful daughter Lavinia - torn between two men - that the family learns to endure, to again grow, and to find the blue camellia. 'Francis Parkinson Keyes a ther story telling best... a love story accented by a colorful background.'"