Under the Bayou Moon – LSBBT

 
 
 
 
UNDER THE BAYOU MOON
by
Valerie Fraser Luesse
 
Categories: Fiction / Christian / Historical
Publisher: Revell

 

Date of Publication: August 3, 2021

Number of Pages: 352

 
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When Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country in 1949, she knows her life will change–but she could never imagine just how dramatically.

Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their unique culture, most of the residents come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher, and she’s soon teaching just about everyone, despite opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives. Yet it’s the lessons Ellie herself will learn–from new friends, a captivating Cajun fisherman, and even a legendary white alligator haunting the bayou–that will make all the difference.

Take a step away from the familiar and enter the shadowy waters of bayou country for a story of risk, resilience, and romance.

 

 

Do you ever get that zing across the heart when you see a book cover and then read the review?  I knew right away that this book was going to be a treat.  So much so that I got it in paper.  I wanted that special feeling that comes with each turn of page.  I was not disappointed.

I found myself quickly falling into Miss Ellie Fields’ world.  The strength for this single woman to not just step out of her comfortable life in the 1940’s, but to step into an incredible challenge was portrayed with sophistication.  Miss Ellie needed to teach the way most of us need to breathe.  Immersing into the world of Cajun and life in the bayou, she did it with both eyes and her heart wide open.  What she finds is almost another planet.  However, tucked around the edges there are still the politics of the time and place as well as evil in the heart of some.

Supporting Miss Elle is the incredible Heywood. He is a man of many skills and a master behind a camera.  The author tells his tale with flair and beautiful dialogue.  I could not stop myself from having a crush on him. Also Raphe & Remy.  Two souls trying to figure out their path together.  Having both suffered incredible loss, they find solace in Miss Ellie.

The most influential character is the bayou.  The descriptions made me long to sit on the porch with Miss Ellie and watch the sunrise.  And the white alligator –- having seen one at the Houston Zoo, I was mesmerized.  They are regal in their appearance and I cannot fathom sighting one in their home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this entire book.  Watch out friends and family – it may be your next gift!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing Isaac, Almost Home, and The Key to Everything, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society for her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana. A graduate of Auburn University and Baylor University, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Dave.
 

 

 
 

 
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