Laure Is The Daughter Of The Great Shakespearean Actor Of The S, Jules Beaudine, But She Has Been Raised In The Home Of Her Straightlaced Aunt Judith When Her Father S Company Is Playing In New York, Laure Ambushes Him In His Dressing Room, To Tell Him That She S An Adult And Wants To Live On Her Own To Defuse The Situation, Jules Takes Laure With Him On Holiday To New Orleans There She Gets To Know Her Creole Grandmother And Spends A Great Deal Of Time Visiting With Her In The Old French Quarter In The Gracious Southern Home Of Her Father S Friends, Laure Meets Cole Drummond Honestly, I thought this was going to be a mystery, so there was a bit of disappointment there The history of New Orleans and life there in the late 1800s was interesting But I had a hard time connecting with the characters. After her mother died, Laur , the daughter of famous actor Jules Beaudine, grew up with a strict maternal aunt in late 1800s New York City Laur wants nothing than to follow her father s footsteps into acting She memorizes entire portions of Shakespeare s plays from a treasured volume her father sent behind her watchful aunt s back At age eighteen her aunt seizes the volume When the aunt goes out, Laur storms to the theater in which her father currently is engaged Her resolve earns her a trip with her father to his ancestral New Orleans where she was born They stay with a friend in the Garden district because his family refuses to have anything to do with him Will things changes Laur soon finds herself swept up in the parties of Carnival season She meets two young men Her impropriety on Mardi Gras sets the stage for the the book s climactic moments Whitney s mastery of character, setting, and plot pacing make this an enjoyable read from start to finish While I m certain I read this as a teen, I did not remember the plot and found myself enjoying the story and my own memories of New Orleans as the characters wandered the streets This novella lacked some of the darker aspects found in many of Whitney s novels, but it fit the situation.
Phyllis Ayame Whitney 1903 2008 was an American mystery writer Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations A review in The New York Times once dubbed her The Queen of the American Gothics.She was born in Japan to American parents and spent her early years in Asia Whitney wrote than seventy novels In 1961
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