You may wonder why when I have so many books to read I sign up for and host Book Challenges. Well it is for days like these, when I need to fill a spot for a challenge and I get to pull a book from my overflowing To-Be-Read bookshelf. Today I am filling the “U” spot in my Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. That just leaves “V” “X” and “Y”. If you have any recommendations let me know in the comments. The Titles have to start with the letter after any “The”, “A”, etc. The “X” is special. Any word in the title can start with “X”.
Under the Cajun Moon
Setting – Louisiana
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2009)
Paperback: 332 pages
E-Book ASIN: B003P9XMAS
What Secrets Can Be Found by the Light of the Cajun Moon?
New Orleans may be the “Big Easy,” but nothing about it was ever easy for international business etiquette expert Chloe Ledet. She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs―only to learn a long-hidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.
Framed for murder, Chloe and a handsome Cajun stranger must search for a priceless treasure, one whose roots weave through the very history of Louisiana itself. But can Chloe depend on the mysterious man leading her on this cat-and-mouse chase into the heart of Cajun country? Or by trusting him, has she gone from the frying pan into the fire?
This book received such wonderful reviews when it came out I purchased it right away and then it was buried in my TBR stacks. I pulled it out last week and started reading and could not stop. I finished the book at 3:07 a.m. I was planning to read just a chapter or two before going to sleep and one chapter just led to another and another and another. Usually when this happens I call the next morning a “book hangover” but that wasn’t the case this time. I actually woke up at my usual time and wasn’t tired at all.
Chloe receives a call telling her her father has been shot and before he became unconscious he told her mother that Chloe must come home to finish a deal he had started. She remembers getting off the plane and meeting her father’s lawyer at his restaurant but has no idea how she got to a hotel suite and who is pounding on the door? and why is the lawyer asleep on the couch. What happens next sends her on a wild ride searching for the truth and following a recipe to find a secret treasure.
There is also a story from the past of Jacques, a young goldsmith in France, interwoven into the main plot. I really enjoyed this part of the story.
Both Jacques and Chloe are endearing characters. You truly care about them and their journey. They are both just trying to do what is right with so many, sometimes heart-wrenching obstacles in their way. Each has a bit of a love story too. Chloe meets Travis and he helps her so much. Jacques love story is a bit more complicated.
This is not the first story I have read by Mindy Starns Clark. I enjoyed her Million Dollar Mysteries several years ago but I don’t remember being so totally drawn in my those books. This mystery was perfectly paced and wonderfully written. All the characters were well developed and so interesting. There is a bit of a Christian theme but it does not preach or become overbearing. It blends in with the history, the mystery and the wonderful scenery of the bayou seamlessly. The only thing I didn’t like were the snakes 🙂
I am truly upset with myself for waiting so long to read this book. I now see why it was getting great reviews. It was a riveting read and while it is an older book I do recommend you pick it up today, just don’t wait to read it like I did.
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