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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on August 25, 2020
Back on the bayou with all the quirky and wonderful people I got to know in Butterfly Bayou. A wandering man. A single mom. Two people who understand more about each other than their family can understand.
Bayou Baby is the story of Seraphina Guidry and Harrison Jefferys. Two people without a home, looking for something both don’t know they are looking for. A single mom, Seraphina has sworn off men. When she inherits a house in much need of love, she decides to put all her resources into renovating it and starting a business. No one thinks it will end up happening as Seraphina hasn’t mastered any job she has taken on. But her son is the one she is doing this all for and plans to put all her heart into it.
Harrison Jefferys is visiting his Aunt Celeste and helping to build a wedding trellis for his cousin. His plan is to stay through the wedding and then continue to travel the country doing odd jobs. A simple life is all he needs and wants. While his family wasn’t rich, they were rich in love. Helping Seraphina restore the house feels like the right thing to do and that is what he is good at doing. Little by little he starts to realize maybe it’s time to settle down.
The story is full of colorful characters who bring you to tears, laughter, and even some anger. Characters redeem themselves when you don’t feel there is any redemption left. Not everyone is made to be a billionaire or to even want what so many material things. The story is about family, love, and being part of a community.
Old secrets raise their heads along with old hatreds that threaten to destroy what Seraphina is building for her son. Harrison is in the middle, unafraid to speak his mind but also part of a family that may destroy what he has found. Not only does Seraphina have love Harrison, but she also has a secret that could end everything she has worked to accomplish. The one thing she does have is family. The family that will stick by her through everything.
This is a slow broiling story that leaves you wanting more of this small town. The hopes and dreams of characters make you want to follow along and help. While the story did come to an end, the characters still play in my mind keeping me happy until I can go back to Butterfly Bayou.
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