About the Book
Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job deep in bayou country in Bernadatte, Louisiana. Although she initially meets some hesitation from the locals due her status as an outsider, she slowly wins over most of the town. However, she still butts heads with the school board and a particular politician. Furthermore, she is intrigued by the large bounty offered for capture of the legendary white alligator. Ellie must fight against uphill battles and be pushed to her limit in order to overcome all that is against her.
About the Author
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.
Valerie Fraser Luesse is a master at writing tales that dig deep into the nitty gritty of life and test characters to the edge of their faith. I loved the growth of the characters in this novel and enjoyed reading about the changes they undergo in the story. I think the characters themselves outshone the plot a bit, but I did find myself invested in what was going to happen next in the story. I am not very familiar with the bayou country, but the descriptive imagery and setting in this novel allowed me to gain some understanding of this unique and special area of the States. The culture is so fascinating! I enjoyed reading this novel and recommend it to those who want a novel full of deep, fascinating characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.