"I found myself peering through watery eyes a number of times. Truthful books touch you that way." ~ Gordon Walmsley, Editor, The Copenhagen Review
In Belle Place, Louisiana, where the sugarcane grows a mile high to the bright blue sky, Celeste struggles with her mentally ill mother, Tut, and works with her grandmother Maymay to hold the Creole Bastille family together. Celeste has bigger dreams for her life, and is falling for the handsome and wealthy Vashan.
But, when Tut runs away to live with the man she met working in the sugarcane to escape her reputation as the town whore, Maymay fears that Celeste will end up like her mother. And just as things are finally looking up for Tut, her past returns with violent, tragic results.
Will Celeste end up like her mother, or will she redeem her family from the hoodoo curse that haunts them? And will she find love with someone from a culture just as exotic as her own?
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"Collins weaves a tale as intriguing as the folktale that is the basis for the book. Celeste earns her Celestial Blue Sky." ~ Lee Grue, Editor, The New Laurel Review
|Publisher:||Battered Suitcase Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)|
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Belle Place, Louisiana is a small town. They grow sugar cane as tall as trees there. Family comes first here. They look after one another and live by a strict code of conduct. Check out this family story. This is a very deep book. It delves into the lives of one family in the south. How they live and work. I found it to be drawn out unnecessarily. The writing is good and the characters are good. I found my attention swaying from the story at times because it repeats itself. This book will make you think. I found issues. The book is entirely too long. It's difficult to stay focused on too. I gave this one 3 cheers out of 5 because of the issues. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
I am truly amazed by this book. I love books set in the South because they often evoke such a fantastic sense of setting. Maggie Collins is a master of description. As I was reading, I often forgot where I was and felt I had been transported to Belle Place, Louisiana! The Bastille family is at the heart of this book, and I truly felt that I understood each member of the family, their frustrations with each other, their desires, and how much each of them wanted to make the family proud again. I found that I would get angry at some of the characters- and at the same time I would feel so much sympathy and love for them, just as the members of the Bastille family did for each other. Most of all, Celeste Bastille is a lovable, relatable character that will absolutely steal your heart. I hurt for her when she was hurting, celebrated each of her victories, and cheered her on as she learned to trust and fall in love. This book is not to be missed. Long after you finish the last page, the Bastille family and Belle Place, Louisiana will live on in your memory.