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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.

©2021 Valerie F. Luesse (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Very good listen I enjoyed the journey the author took me on and the lady ready did a great job!

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Good story. As an Alabama gal who has visited NOLA often, there are several Mia pronunciations:
Pralines-[Praw leens]!
Paean- for Southerners a Pee-Can is something for urination. [pa cawn] is how we say it
Childersberg-[chill ders berg] not CHILD
READERS, PLEASE DO YOUR REGIONAL RESEARCH ON PRONUNCIATIONS.
Also, the French dialect was very weak.

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A Perfect Story in a Unique Setting

Wonderful narrator for this heart warming story! The characters and Bayou charm you from the beginning to the end.

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Wonderful!

I loved this book and the narration. The story was beautiful and had a few twists I did not expect.

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Joyful- Southern-Perfect Summer Read

I loved being in the Bayou with Ellie & Raphe watching them grow and discovering exactly what they never knew they wanted. Lussee’s descriptions of the Cajun personalities are pure joy- I wish there truly were a Bernadette to experience!

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Awesome must read!!!!

Loved this poignant story that makes the beauty and history of the Cajun culture and struggles come alive!