Snow on the Bayou (Tante Lulu Adventure #1) by Sandra Hill
I read the Cajun series and loved it. I mean, hot heroes, spunky heroines, action plots with steamy chemistry, whats not to love? But what really made them memorable was the humor, most of it delivered by wacky Tante Lulu. Tante Lulu believes in St. Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, and in her God-given mission to sort out her family and friends, mostly by marrying them off to a person carefully chosen by her. These two beliefs are not unrelated Suffice it to say I was ecstatic when I heard she was getting her own series.
Which brings me to Snow on the Bayou. It does not disappoint. There are some heart wrenching moments but overall its fun, the plot is interesting and the Happily Ever After is heartwarming.
The hero, Justin or Cage as he is known, is a Navy Seal. Hes hot, hes competent, and hes confident except when it concerns his past and going back to where he grew up. And thats just where hes going to have to go because Tante Lulu has shown up in Coronado and informed him that his grandmother is dying.
Emelie, the heroine, was his childhood friend and later sweetheart. In the best Southern tradition her disapproving father forces him to join the service or go to jail. He goes but doesnt give up sending letters and trying to contact her. Emelie doesnt know why he took off and SHE tries to contact him. They are both unsuccessful and feel betrayed and abandoned and she marries another man. (We meet the ex-husband and the best description is smarmy. I had to wonder why dear old dad thought he was a better choice.)
Tante Lulu dives right in manipulating these wounded lovers back together making this a true second chance romance story. There is an action plot involving terrorists which brings his Seal team buddies around and onto Tante Lulus radar. I suspect we may see some of them starring in future books.
You could read this as a stand-alone but I found revisiting the characters we met in the previous Cajun books was a lot of fun. I recommend reading the other books as well. A word of warning though, if you have trouble reading dialects they will drive you crazy. An example from Tante Lulu: Yep. I came all the way from Loo-zee-anna, and I aint leavin til Ive said my piece ta the boy.
So pick up the book and visit Bayou Black. Set a spell. Maybe Tante Lulu will stop by and decide YOU need a hope chest too
Goodreads series listings:
Tante Lulu Adventure series
0.5 Saving Savannah
1 Snow on the Bayou
1 The Love Potion
2 Tall, Dark, and Cajun
3 The Cajun Cowboy
4 The Red Hot Cajun
5 Pink Jinx
6 Pearl Jinx
7 Wild Jinx
8 So Into You
This review is based on the ARC of Snow on the Bayou provided by NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.