Posted in 3 1/2 paws, Review, romance on April 10, 2013

acadian waltz


At thirty, Nora Kehoe is feeling pressured to settle down. On a blind date, Nora unexpectedly ends up in the emergency room where she meets Dr. John Blessing. She hopes the pragmatic Dr. Blessing can make her life complete. Then, a passionate encounter with a childhood friend changes everything.

The charismatic Jean Marc Gaspard manages the family business, Gaspard Fisheries. But rumors abound that Jean Marc is running more than seafood through the waters around Manchac Louisiana. When a family crisis sends Nora to Manchac, she is thrown headlong into the dangerous world of smugglers and swindlers. And as Jean Marc tries to protect Nora from his past, he realizes he may lose her because of it.

The dark bayou waters run deep with secrets in Louisiana, and every Cajun knows how to dance the fine line between the right and wrong side of the law. But for strangers, learning the steps to staying alive in the swamps can be tricky. Life, and love, will be dependent on how well one can master the … Acadian Waltz


This story is set in Louisiana with ties to Dallas Texas….so this hit home for me as I live in the Dallas area and have family in southern Louisiana!  The characters are believable and the setting is true N’awlins or southern Louisiana.  Nora’s mother is overbearing, typical of a southern mother…and a Catholic to boot and she knows how to lay that guilt!  So much that Nora accepts a proposal from a man that her mother will love but she doesn’t…but of course she doesn’t know that yet.  She thinks that his actions should be accepted since he is a doctor.  Meanwhile there is Jean Marc, a long time friend that she had not seen in quite some time.  Let me tell you the sparks seem to fly with Jean Marc that aren’t with the good doctor, and THAT should be a tip off, don’t accept what you don’t like.

Overall the story was solid with interesting characters but sometimes Nora got on my nerves.  I wanted to shake her to come to her senses.  I enjoyed the story but it didn’t WOW me as other books have in the recent past, but it was still an enjoyable story.  I give it 3 1/2 paws.