Snow on Magnolias
Rose Fabre has just been dumped at the altar, and not by just any man but the star quarterback of San Antonio’s Wranglers. To make matters worse, the embarrassing event is spread all over the news, and her own mother blames her. Though that is nothing new, after all Rose is never right about anything, according to her mother. She has to get out of Texas. Somewhere where maybe the news hasn’t reached.
So she heads for Bon Amie Louisiana where her aunt Odelia has been a live-in housekeeper for some rice farmers for years. If she remembers right Bon Amie is so small she doubts it even has a newspaper. The last time she was there she was thirteen years old and remembers having a great time with the farmer’s five boys.
Arriving at the LeBlanc Manor after midnight was not in her plan, but her spur-of-the-moment trip didn’t allow for wretched traffic or the herd of cattle who refused to get off the road. She is met on the lawn by one of the brothers, Sam, who mistakes her for an intruder. Once she explains her reason for a visit and he puts away his shotgun, and shows her to a room.
What do you get when you have a city girl living in a house full of superstitious farmers? Chaos, and plenty of it. Add in two kids, several lazy dogs and her lovesick aunt and Rose has her hands full.
Sam doesn’t like Rose very much and neither do his two young daughters. Rose learns that his wife took off years ago leaving Sam to raise the two girls. And for someone wanting to find a place to regain her peace of mind and forget about men, Rose has walked into a mess of them. Five LeBlanc brothers, all grown up.
Rose has some changes to make. She can continue trying to please her mother and trying to be someone she’s not, or she can embrace this new life she’s discovered and settle in. Bon Amie might not have a Starbucks, but the friendly smiles and unique characters not to mention the slower lifestyle. With this change of pace will Rose finally trust herself and to fall in love, this time its forever. But which brother will win her heart?
Under the Sassafras
Nestled between the Atchafalaya Basin and Sugar Island lies Bon Amie, a friendly, quiet town, where nothing exciting ever happens. Until Joelette Benoit’s two sons find a man washed up in the murky water at the edge of the swamp.
Joelette Benoit, a widowed single mother, has sworn to never believe the promises of another sweet talking man. Fiercely independent and determined, she’s hidden away her heart, while struggling to provide for her two sons and lively mother-in-law. She swears the stranger will stay one night, and one night only, until she discovers he has no memory. Now duty-bound to aid him, Joelette decides to offer him a place to heal in exchange for his labor.
Welcome to Bon Amie
Bienvenu, to Bon Amie.
My town is like so many small towns in Louisiana. It might be small but the people that live here more than make up for the size with their bigger than life personalities, and heart. The best way I can describe the Cajun people is that they have the ability to work hard and play just as hard. They love their food and use it as a large part of their social life; their table no matter how small can always hold another guest. It is well known that a young girl cannot leave home without the knowledge of how to make the perfect roux.
Food is not their only love, the music causes everyone in hearing distance to pat their foot, sway their hips and yell out the familiar I’eee. And when they party, which is often, they combine the two loves of food and music. The Fais do-do is the way Cajun people share their heritage and the desire to never forget where they come from, how hard they work, and how deeply they love and still hold on to some of the old ways.
So sit on my porch, sip my sweet tea, smell my pot of gumbo simmering on the stove and listen to my music. Neighbors will drop by and soon you will know them one by one.
My wish is that you’ll feel like dropping by often. I’ll share Cajun recipes with you, as my small granddaughter says, and I’ll make you a story, full of lovable and unique characters that you will remember and think about long after you read.