Author: Valerie Fraser Luesse
Release Date: August 3, 2021
An easy, enjoyable historical romance.
Intent on escaping her family’s expectations, Ellie Fields decides to branch out in faith and take a teaching position in the small town of Bernadette, Louisiana, far from her family’s home in Alabama. But soon after arriving, she begins to question her decision. There are only two teachers in the whole school and her furnished home turns out to be a cabin without any electricity, but at least it has indoor plumbing. Deciding to make the best of it, Ellie starts teaching several Cajun children whose previous teachers have punished them for speaking French as English is the language that they should be speaking. She quickly falls in love with the children and may become attached to a local fisherman before she has the chance to depart.
Overall, this is a good historical romance story set in the Louisiana bayou. Part of the backstory deals with a hurricane, which is sobering considering the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The story is heavy on the emotional end for Ellie’s character because she is coming into her own without her family and making a new family in a new place. She finds herself in some precarious situations, but overall, there is not a lot of tension to push the story forward at a rapid pace. This particular story is one to slow down and enjoy. I recommend this to readers who enjoy a slower pace with a love story that plays out without drama.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.