Sunday, October 23, 2016

Bayou, Whispers from the Past

Title: Bayou, Whispers from the Past

Author: Lauren Faulkenberry 

Genre: Contemporary Women

Rating: 4 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: New love is put to the test in the sultry bayous of Louisiana in the latest from Family Circle Award Winning Author Lauren Faulkenberry. 
Thirty-one-year old Enza has finally found love with sexy fireman Jack, and through him, she has gained a family, years after her mother abandoned her. With her friend Kate in town, Enza's looking forward to her first Christmas in Bayou Sabine, surrounded by those she cares about most. But instead the holiday ends in turmoil. One guest puts someone Enza loves—and her relationship with Jack—in danger, and another guest brings news that makes Enza question the circumstances surrounding her mother's departure. 
Enza, fleeing Jack and the drama in Bayou Sabine, sets off with Kate on a road trip à la Thelma & Louise. But will she find answers about her mother's disappearance and the strength to accept the truth? And will she return home in time to save everything that's important to her?

About the Author: Lauren Faulkenberry is author of the novel BAYOU MY LOVE (Velvet Morning Press, 2016), the novella BACK TO BAYOU SABINE, and the children's book WHAT DO ANIMALS DO ON THE WEEKEND? She is a contributor to the anthology HUNGRY FOR HOME: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas With More Than 200 Favorite Recipes. 
Lauren divides her time between writing, teaching, and making artist books. Originally from South Carolina, she has worked as an archaeologist, an English teacher, and a ranger for the National Park Service. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Georgia College & State University, where she attended on fellowship, and earned her MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. She was a finalist for the Novello Festival Press First Novel Award, won the Family Circle short fiction contest for her story "Beneath Our Skin," and was nominated for an AWP Intro Award. 
She currently lives in western NC, where she is at work on her next novel in the Bayou series.

Review:  Although this wasn't my normal type of book, I was immediately intrigued by the title and description. I was immediately drawn into the story, and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book, along with a nice cup of cocoa. It's been rainy here, and I've been curled up lost in the beautiful world of Louisiana.