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Elysian Dreams: Volume Two of Crescent City (Volume 2) Paperback – June 30, 2015
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About the Author
Jack Caldwell is an author, amateur historian, professional economic developer, playwright, and like many Cajuns, a darn good cook. Born and raised in the Bayou County of Louisiana, Jack and his wife, Barbara, are Hurricane Katrina victims who now make the Suncoast of Florida their home. Jack is the author of four Jane Austen-themed books. PEMBERLEY RANCH is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice set in Reconstruction Texas. THE THREE COLONELS: JANE AUSTEN’S FIGHTING MEN is a sequel to Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. MR. DARCY CAME TO DINNER and THE COMPANION OF HIS FUTURE LIFE are Pride & Prejudice-flavored farces. In 2015, he released a series of historical novels about New Orleans, titled THE CRESCENT CITY SERIES. THE PLAINS OF CHALMETTE begins the series, commemorating the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans. He marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with three modern novels: BOURBON STREET NIGHTS, ELYSIAN DREAMS, and RUIN AND RENEWAL. When not writing or traveling with Barbara, Jack attempts to play golf. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, Jack is married with three grown sons. Jack’s blog postings — The Cajun Cheesehead Chronicles — appear regularly at Austen Variations. Web site: Rambling of a Cajun in Exile: https://cajuncheesehead.com Austen Variations - http://austenvariations.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Caldwell-author/132047236805555 Twitter: @JCaldwell25
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For those who are interested in this piece of info, this book contains a lot more sexual scenes, not very graphic but explicit, than Book 1. The criminal elements also feature some violence, but these are only a few scenes.
I look forward to read Volume 3!
This story gives us the romantic pairings and various employment positions of the people we met in the first book. We do have our bad guy and the man who opened the door to the college ranks for him so that his drugs could be peddled there. As we read about the pairings we also read of how Elizabeth and William revisit and learn of all that was part of the history that separated them so bitterly five years ago. Mari has become a singer, Emma sees what has been in front of her eyes all along and Elizabeth and William find themselves working together as their two companies join forces.
But we also find the beginning of hurricane season affecting the story...slowly...surely and with lasting affects. It was so apropos for me to be reading this as Hurricane Harvey and then Irma were blasting the states that border the Caribbean.
This book has everything one could ever want for in a book... Thrilling plot, romance, passion and humour, not to forget the historical aspect. I always wanted to visit New York if I ever got to travel to the States but now I am voting for New Orleans instead...
Continues the stories of the characters from the first book (Bourbon street nights), 5 years has passed, in addition to some new characters that you also will recognise from Jane Austen's world.
After an introduction to Wentworth, we are flies on the wall in the Bingley's and Buford's rather happy homes as Emma and George meet some challenges in their marriage. Mari and Chris get more familiar but the love story of Elizabeth and Will takes precedence. To know how it fares you will have to read the book though...
Wickham is sinking deeper with Richard hot on his heels...
Lydia gets herself into trouble...
It left off with kind of a cliff hanger as Katrina the hurricane is closing in and that's why this is a short review... I am off to the third book in this series.
Heartily recommend this book!
It's been five years of life moving on with Elizabeth, Marianne and Emma. Each are pursuing their dreams or trying to find them again. Each have challenges to deal with. How they deal with them and which friends assist them through these trials and joys kept me entertained. How Elizabeth and Darcy finally re-connect, how Mari and Chris gently work their way to each other and how Emma and George eventually turn up the heat in their marriage while living with Emma's father, Abe, and dealing with many of life's vagaries. All I can say is, be prepared to turn on some fans!
In this volume, we also get to meet more of Elizabeth's family and catch up on others. And, like Mother Nature gaining strength over warm waters, our villain continues to rear his ugly head. You can feel the day of reckoning looming just around the corner...
If I ever make it to New Orleans, I will be bringing this book! I learned so much more about this city that you would never get from a guide book!