Great story of present events mixed with old tales
August 24, 2011
I had recently purchased and read The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny co-written by Mindy Starns Clark and I thought they were quite well done. I decided to try 4 of her stand-alone books including this one and WOW! I found them easy to read, and yet the storylines were unique and mysterious. The books had enough substance that it made me want to keep reading even if it was late at night :)
Highly recommend all 4 of Mindy's stand-alone books (Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, Under the Cajun Moon and Secrets of Harmony Grove). She starts with a climax in the first few chapters and keeps the intensity there throughout the rest of the book! Next on my list to buy is her Million Dollar Mystery series and I can't wait!
I always enjoy the suspense, mystery, romance and unique writing style of Mindy Starns Clark. This is a great page-turner. I read it in 2 days and loved every minute. My only regret is that I wish it would have lasted longer! :)
The book was a great read. Thoroughly enjoyed it and have already loaned it out. Enjoyed how the past and present all tied together, usually I don't like the bouncing around but the author did a great job tying it all together.
Murder, mayhem, mystery, kidnapping, snakes, alligators, hidden treasure, romance, God's grace -- you'll find all these and more in Mindy Starns Clark's Under the Cajun Moon!
Chloe Ledet is an international business etiquette expert, living in Chicago. When she gets a call from her hometown of New Orleans that her father has been shot, she quickly flies there to be near him. Before she can get to the hospital, though, she finds herself at her father's famous French Quarter restaurant, hearing a story of family treasure and mystery. The next morning she wakes up in an unfamiliar hotel room and learns that she has been framed for murder. When Travis Naquin, the grandson of her father's sometimes partner/sometimes adversary appears on the scene and seems intent on helping Chloe, the quagmire of mystery and danger grows deeper. As the story unfolds through the lakes and bayous and marshes of south Louisiana, Chloe (as well as the reader) finds herself doubting the motives of almost everyone she knows. And one of the biggest questions she struggles with is whether she can trust God to know or care about where she is and what is happening to her.
In the midst of the modern-day story, Mindy Starns Clark weaves an 18th-century tale that provides an intriguing backdrop to the setting. In her masterful style of storytelling, she takes you back and forth between centuries without ever breaking the flow. I would highly recommend this gripping mystery that you're sure to have trouble putting down.