Blood Autumn by Kathryn Ptacek
Approx. 85,770 words.
Published on September 15, 2013 by
It begins in India, in 1857, as children fall prey to a mysterious fever. Lieutenant Hamilton is spellbound by August Parrish. Pale, beautiful, and sensually magnetic, to meet August is to want her; and Thomas Hamilton cannot resist her, even as he learns her secret, even as he dies...
It returns in Savannah. August has arrived.
And all over town, children are dying of a mysterious fever.