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Renee Irvin takes the reader on an unforgettable journey back to another time and place and into the hearts and minds of two remarkable women. She has seamlessly woven the numerous characters and story elements to create a beautifully detailed tapestry of hope borne of heartbreak and of strength borne of family love. An absolutely wonderful read from cover to cover.
I think that Julius was a different man to each of his loves. He seemed to be his true self with Jacqueline but could not marry her. With Isabella, Julius was what was expected.
I think that Isabella's character came off as weak because she was less of a fighter than Jacqueline. But with out Isabella I don't think Jacqueline's character would have had a softer side.
Two main characters, Isabella McCoy, a young Southern girl who grew up on a plantation in Georgia and Jacqueline Rousseau, a gorgeous French Creole young courtesan, cannot be more different in the beginning of the novel. Isabella is somewhat sheltered in her upbringing and naïve; when her father is murdered and the bank is about to foreclose on the family's plantation, her main reaction is simply that of a disbelief, she does not seem to accept the reality of the situation. Jacqueline, on the other hand, comes through in the beginning as a world-weary despite her young age; she almost literally robs her clients blind. However, as the novel develops, Isabella starts to grow up - think for herself, make her own choices in life, still faltering as she goes, however. In Jacqueline, on the other hand, we can see more of that girlish naivete than when she was originally introduced.
The character of Jules McGinnis comes through as almost likable at times, despite his appearances. Perhaps it's just my perception but it seems like he does care for both women in his own way.
The novel is very atmospheric, with nicely sketched out descriptions and secondary characters contributing to the sense of the place and the period. The feeling of "Southern charm" is tempered with the realities of the American South in the late 1800 without pulling too many punches. There are some very dramatic scenes, and a few of them are taken to almost cinematic quality - the "Cotton Fields Burning" scene is one of my favorites.
I would recommend this novel to a patient reader who prefers stories with paced character development.
As I read, I became engrossed in not only the back stories of these two women but also the men in their life. In some ways, I wanted Isabella to somehow fall in for Jules ( her husband) while at the same time I was hoping that Tom (her childhood sweetheart) would reenter her life. With Jacqueline, I could see how she would love Jules but I wanted her to live a happy life with Patrick. I was really torn as to which direction I wanted these women's lives should take.
Side note: I am not sure if the printed version of the book had the typing errors like the Kindle version. I read the Kindle version. I do not consider myself to be an editor by no means. Lord knows that I have paid an editor to work on graduate papers. I did notice that in the Kindle version, some of the dialog were missing open quotation marks which made the dialog slightly had to follow which character said what to whom. Also there were problems where a comma was substitute for apostrophe ( ie., woman,s). It could a matter of the file conversion. I have experienced similar problems changing a Word document to a Adobe PDF file.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ashley Barnett
I really enjoyed reading this book. Once I got around to it I could not put it down. I was only disappointed that the author, Renee Irvin, did not have any other books out on... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Clammac
East of Orleans was interesting and suspenseful from start to finish.
The storyline moved along quite smoothly and the characters were well developed whether you liked them or... Read more
While my mom recovered from Cancer. I read this book. Found it just looking to see if any interesting cool reads and this popped up. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kelly
Good book set in late 1800's. The story takes place in Savannah at its peak. There are painted ladies, cotton fields along with society ladies. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sandy
Flat, boring, totally uninterresring. No depth in the characters, story dull and uninspiring prose.
Really, who encouraged her to write?
l loved this book. lots of twists and turns but was easy to read and I really enjoyed all the details and descriptions the author so vividly described. My kind of book.Published 22 months ago by S. Stephens