“Congrats! You’re a Winner!” The e-mail notification from Goodread’s read. I was beyond ecstatic. Numerous times I have entered to win books with them, but never did. Finally it was my turn!
A couple of weeks later Little Gale Gumbo arrived in my mailbox.
Little Gale Gumbo is about Camille and her two teenage daughters who fled from New Orleans to the island of Little Gale off the coast of Maine after suffering through abuse. Camille opens a restaurant, The Little Gale Gumbo Café, and it becomes an island staple, as well as, the legacy of her romance with islander Ben Haskell. Camille and Ben, along with their children, created a new family. When Ben is found unconscious in his home, next to the body of Camille’s estranged husband, old secrets and suspicions reemerge, and the family must reunite to hope for Ben’s survival. But as revelations come to the surface, so do long-held secrets that will test the limits and definitions of family.
This book is about the romantic triangles of the two generations and the difficult nature of family. The description of the food in Little Gale Gumbo left me craving good old fashion southern cuisine (speaking of which there are recipes in the back of the book which I would love to try). Erika Marks has an incredible attention for detail and well-written characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to future novels from this debut author.
This also is the 1st of 30 books for my 101 in 1001 (#2. Read 30 new books (1/30))