Narrator Kim Staunton's strong and optimistic voice complements a smoldering romance that heats up during the hardships and triumphs of the post-Emancipation period. Valinda has come to New Orleans to teach but is drawn into the city's melting pot of culture and history, which Staunton depicts with a mix of French, Creole, and Caribbean accents. When Valinda finds herself in danger, she is rescued by Drake LeVeq, whom Staunton portrays in a deep and powerful voice filled with empathy that fits his status as a member of a prominent African-American family. Valinda is welcomed into the LeVeq family, and Staunton's performance reflects the pride and love that are central to its members as they empower the newly freed community. J.E.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2019]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9780062861702 $23.99
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