Emilie by Cherie Claire

Upholding a household, refusing a proposal, dressing like a man and adventuring out to the bayou country to find her father were just a few things Emilie Gallant had to endure.

“Striking beautiful and stubbornly defiant, Emilie Gallant was used to fighting her own battles.  But when she arrived in bayou country hoping to track down her long-lost father, the spirited Acadian found herself struggling to safeguard her own heart.  As a child growing up in the Canadian village of Grand Pre, Emilie had worshipped Lorenz Landry.  Yet the Lorenz she meets on the banks of the Mississippi is not the boy she knew, but a ruggedly masculine stranger who fills her with longing.  Now, as they’re thrown together in treacherous territory, perilous days give way to sultry nights…and to a love that cannot be denied.”

As a romance novel I was immediately drawn to Emilie and Lorenz who were fighting love well only one, Emilie.  Emilie fought tooth and nail to not accept Lorenz’s proposal of marriage.  They have been friends since childhood and Emilie has been in love with him but would that be enough.  Emilie has been the head of her household as they were separated from their father.  She has been in charge of her family and has seen the hardship her mother had to endure without her husband at her side, she didn’t want to loose her own husband in Lorenz.  Though Emilie is attracted to Lorenz she can’t admit to it, she is afraid of being like her mother.  If something happened to him she would be alone and lose half of her soul.  And since Lorenz is impetuous, Emilie is afraid that he will be taken away like her father.  Lorenz finally understands Emilie behavior but he still must have her admit her love.

Through their struggle of coming together as a couple Emilie and Lorenz fought their way to Louisiana in hopes to find Emilie long lost father.  Befriending new friends they were able to get to thier destination only to be surprised by their own family had also journeyed the way with the help of their own suitors but disappointed as news of her father got back to them.  Supposedly he was finding his way back to their home town.  This was a disappointment for all of them since they have left there.  But they knew he would find them when he knew where they went.

I loved the book, the trials Emilie put herself through, the sisters relationships they built but I wished I knew for certain that the father did find his way home.  But in the romance way there is always a happy ending.

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