Once on Esplanade Author:Frances Parkinson Keyes Once on Esplanade the fashionable avenue of New Orleans in the 1880s, Marie Louise Villere grew to womanhood. Her story begins with the wedding of her sister and ends with her own nine years later. During the interval the delighted reader comes to know Marie as a real person and the elegant joyous city of New Orleans as a place of grace and almo... more »st fairytale enchantment.
"Frances Parkinson Keyes has the narrative gift. She can tell a romantic story so that her readers keep turning the pages over to see what happens next."
A fictional romance set in the very real city of New Orleans in the 1880s. An interesting way to learn the anecdotal history of New Orleans. The author gives detailed descriptions of the city and the day-to-day lives of her characters. The book was originally published in 1947, so it reads at a slower pace and gives a glimpse into the attitudes and culture of the past.