Tuesday, January 5, 2016

East of Orleans Review...

Their worlds were different, but their desires were the same . . . Isabella McCoy, from the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, was as na├»ve as she was beautiful. Jacqueline Rousseau, the exotic New Orleans prostitute, was known for cruelly breaking men’s hearts while she emptied their pockets. Both with dark secrets of their own, running away from their pasts, to an uncertain future. Fate brought them together, and into the arms of the notorious cotton broker Jules McGinnis, who became both a husband and lover to them. Jealousy. Passion. Love. Murder. Now both women must overcome the truth of their tormented pasts and their unknown futures, as they face one of the most scandalous murder trials Georgia had ever seen.


Isabella McCoy's life falls apart after her fathers death.  She is raped and ends up pregnant.  Her mother and grandmother send her to an aunts to stay.  With all this going on they also have to save their farm from being foreclosed on.  Jacqueline is a prostitute looking for love in all the wrong places.  Both of these women end up in the grasps of Jules McGinnis.  One becomes his wife to save her families land and the other is his mistress but wants to be so much more.  Secrets are unveiled.  The past comes to life.  Can these two women band together to save not only themselves but each other?

While this is an interesting historical fiction novel it was amazing in my eyes.  I felt like there was something not quite right about the story and I'm not sure where that came into play.  The pace and flow seemed to work well.  The plot was good and the idea was interesting enough.  The characters were different but not as dynamic as they could have been.

I almost gave up on this book but kept going.  I would still recommend this book however because it was different and the author had fun writing it.

3.5 stars

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