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
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.
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.
About The Author
Valerie Fraser Luesse is an
award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and
essays in Southern Living, where she is currently a senior travel
editor. Her work has been anthologized in the audio collection Southern
Voices and in A Glimpse of Heaven, an essay collection featuring works
by C. S. Lewis, Randy Alcorn, John Wesley, and others. As a freelance
writer and editor, she was the lead writer for Southern Living 50 Years:
A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture. Specializing in stories
about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse has published major
pieces on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana's Acadian
Prairie, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her editorial section on
Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana won the 2009
Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society. Luesse
earned her bachelor's degree in English at Auburn University in Auburn,
Alabama, and her master's degree in English at Baylor University in
Waco, Texas. She grew up in Harpersville, Alabama, a rural community in
Shelby County, and now lives in Birmingham.
I really enjoyed this read, from beginning to end it was a breath of fresh air to keep turning the pages.
young woman is coming to teach these poor children who have been
traumatized by previous teachers, and we get to watch as Ellie puts
herself out there. There is the love of a child, of a community, and a
love for their fellowman, and it flows from individual to another.
The banter is at times laugh out loud and the, and the caring is so heartwarming!
Be sure to read the epilogue, we are gifted!
I received this book through the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
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