Restless with the familiarity of her Alabama home, Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country. Though rightfully suspicious of outsiders, who have threatened both their language and their culture, most of the people in tiny Bernadette, Louisiana, come to appreciate the young and idealistic schoolteacher as a boon to the town. She’s soon teaching just about everyone–and coming up against opposition from both the school board and a politician with ulterior motives.
Acclimating to a whole new world, Ellie meets a lonely but intriguing Cajun fisherman named Raphe who introduces her to the legendary white alligator that haunts these waters. Raphe and Ellie have barely found their way to each other when a huge bounty is offered for the elusive gator, bringing about a shocking turn of events that will test their love and their will to right a terrible wrong.
A master of the Southern novel, Valerie Fraser Luesse invites you to enter the sultry swamps of Louisiana in a story that illuminates the struggle for the heart and soul of the bayou.
Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse I ended up with a rich Cajun culture and a heartwarming tale. A young teacher comes to Louisiana to teach. She does not change the students and town like the others did. Instead, she sets about change by welcoming their culture and enriching their minds. They too, enriched her mind as she lived among them. The characters were engaging. Each had their own story within the big story. I enjoy learning about each one and following as they connected. Mistrust, trust, hope, and love fill this beautifully written novel. I have never traveled to Louisiana but it felt like I did. With this story, I was transported to the state and meet a variety of people. A group that made up a unique clan. The people were not rich yet they had a better grip on life than most. It was a deep and unforgettable journey.