Restless with the familiarity of her Alabama home, Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country. Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their culture, most of the people in tiny Bernadette, Louisiana, come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher as a boon to the town. She's soon teaching just about everyone--and coming up against opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives.
Acclimating to a whole new world, Ellie meets a lonely but intriguing Cajun fisherman named Raphe who introduces her to the legendary white alligator that haunts these waters. Raphe and Ellie have barely found their way to each other when a huge bounty is offered for the elusive gator, bringing about a shocking turn of events that will test their love and their will to right a terrible wrong.
A master of the Southern novel, Valerie Fraser Luesse invites you to enter the sultry swamps of Louisiana in a story that illuminates the struggle for the heart and soul of the bayou.
My thoughts: I enjoyed learning more about Louisiana and what it was like to live in a small town down South after WWII. Ellie is a sweet character who has the chance to step out of her comfort zone and the life that everyone expects her to live when she offers the job to teach in a different state. I loved her introduction to New Orleans and the whole different life that living in that part of the States presents. This is a wonderful story that will leave you hungry for some gumbo!
I received this book from Revell. This is my honest review.
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