LITTLE GALE GUMBO
New American Library
Rating: 4 Cups
Dahlia Rose Bergeron is the daughter of a Creole woman, who practices voodoo, and of a white trumpet player turned drug dealer. She is obviously of mixed parentage, so is mostly rejected by her father because of this. She is brash, mouthy and very talented with plants.
Josie Bergeron is Dahlia’s younger sister and her father’s favorite. Red-haired and fair skinned, she shares her mother’s love of cooking. The more settled of the two sisters, she also a practices voodoo.
Little Gale Island is unprepared for the Bergeron women when they move north from New Orleans. Being more colorful than the residents of the tiny Maine Island, it takes them a long time to be accepted. Ben Haskell and his son Matthew ease their way and help them start their little café. Ben finds the love of his life with Camille, while Matthew experiences more complications with Dahlia and Josie. Charles Bergeron is a dark cloud hanging over the family, which culminates in one terrible incident.
Little Gale Gumbo is a fascinating and engrossing story of a family who overcomes much, to make themselves a new home in Maine. Camille and Josie do their best to assimilate without losing their roots. Dahlia is a bit of a rebel and stands out more than fitting in, but she has been an outsider. Feeling rejected for most of her life, she really does not expect anything to change. The story switches back and forth between the past and the present, but rather than confusing the reader, it actually makes things clearer. I find the characters to be unique and colorful, while the plot is intriguing and thought provoking.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More