Under the Bayou Moon

I’m still buzzing about my latest read from Revell. It was SO good, folks!

Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse is an absolutely beautiful story. Set in a small bayou town in Louisiana after World War II, this story follows Miss Ellie Fields as she begins the journey of a lifetime to discover her true purpose in life. And friends, this is quite the heart-touching, soul-lifting story. Historical fiction fans should definitely read this book, but if you are looking for the perfect book to round out your summer reading, I’m here to tell you this is it!

Thank you to Revell for my copy of this story. Keep reading to find out more about the book and read my full review.

More About the Book

When Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country in 1949, she knows her life will change–but she could never imagine just how dramatically.

Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their unique culture, most of the residents come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher, and she’s soon teaching just about everyone, despite opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives. Yet it’s the lessons Ellie herself will learn–from new friends, a captivating Cajun fisherman, and even a legendary white alligator haunting the bayou–that will make all the difference.

Take a step away from the familiar and enter the shadowy waters of bayou country for a story of risk, resilience, and romance.

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My Thoughts

Under the Bayou Moon was an emotional, adventurous, and soul-lifting story of a woman searching for where she belongs. When Ellie Fields arrives in the tiny bayou country town of Bernadette, Louisiana, she instantly falls in love with the nature-filled country and unique and personable people. But is what she finds enough to anchor her heart to the bayou?

This was such a beautiful story. The author did a perfect job of painting the landscape of Bernadette, from the sights and sounds of the bayou, to the unique, tightly-knit community, and the spicy, delicious cuisine. Even the history of the area comes to life through the words of Ellie and Raphe’s story. I fell in love with the culture and people–their big hearts and rich history. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Bernadette!

Ellie (Juliet) is such a pearl. Her heart for others is so grand, but I loved her witty personality. The banter between her and Heywood had me laughing over and over. It is impossible to read Ellie’s story and not fall in love with her. You will be cheering for her to find her place and purpose in this world from the first chapter.

The love story between Ellie and Raphe is so deliciously slow, soft, and sweet. The author did a fantastic job of creating a deep, lasting connection. I just love these two together. Sigh.

Overall, I would highly recommend Under the Bayou Moon to any Christian historical fiction fans. It is a perfect read for those clinging to the last days of summer adventure.

I hope you enjoy this unique story! Happy reading and God bless!


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