Friday, June 27, 2008

A World of His Own by Arlette Gaffrey

After escaping the French Revolution, Andre de Javon plans to start fresh in New Orleans. He is intrigued by plantation work and pursues his dream of becoming a successful and wealthy plantation owner. With the help of Jean-Claude Charlevoix and his young daughter Julie, he succeeds. The small Charlevoix family is so helpful but Andre has no idea how much Julie really loves him. This is why Julie is so heartbroken when Andre marries Gabrielle Ste. Claire, a spoiled woman who turns his life into a disaster. Gabrielle's actions are a disgrace and she goes as far as having another man's child. Andre soon realizes his true feelings for Julie and regrets his marriage to Gabrielle. Andre is given the chance to be with Julie when Gabrielle dies in a tragic accident. But will Julie still be interested in him?

A World of His Own is a great historical novel overflowing with emotions. The introduction was a bit slow but once I got into the story, it became impossible to put down. The author's detailed descriptions made the book come alive in my head. The read was somewhat difficult with the numerous characters and French vocabulary, but it is definitely worth reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and romance.

mild sex scenes, some profanity, and many alcohol references.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Richmond, Virginia USA