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Since they were children running barefoot about Toulouse Plantation, Josie and Cleo have been as close as sisters, forging an unbreakable bond that defies their roles as mistress and slave. Together, the two have shared secrets and protected each other through happiness and heartbreak. They never dream they could also share an intense passion for the same man, the elegant, charming, and irresistibly seductive Bertrand Chamard. His love will change their friendship forever and set in motion a series of events from which there can be no turning back.

Set among the bayous of Old Louisiana and the grand avenues of New Orleans, Always & Forever is the stirring saga of a Creole family and of two women, bound by blood and friendship, who are tested by prejudice, betrayal, and the tragedies of slavery.

©2014 Gretchen Craig (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A powerful saga...Craig's sweeping debut brings you straight into her characters' lives, and her vivid descriptions and historical details allow you to see, hear, smell and fully experience the story of two remarkable women." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Very juicy!

I never knew 1835 could be so deceitful, trifling, and downright off the chain. Do yourself a favor, read this one!

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it was an okay read

Narration was above average. I found it a bit difficult to keep the French names in proper order. Story line was nothing memorable.
Very predictable ending. Bordered on being too mushy and "happy everafter"!

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Love and maturity conquers anger, disappointment and hate

I Loved the ending and happiness for the sisters and their boyfriends/ husband. I am thankful for the good hearted few people during this era in time as painful as it was for the millions of slaves who had to endure unspeakable torture upon their minds , bodies and dehumanizing actions of physical and mental abuse ‼️

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Food For Thought

I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I listened to the entire book in 2 days! I actually felt like I was observing what was happening in person. I felt the pain and heart ache they felt. The descriptive conversations and adjectives did a wonderful job in allowing the readers/listeners to take part in the lives of so many innocent people caught up in a unjust, cruel and hateful world. I could not... experienced the lives of the enslaved and those who loved them without thinking of my Great Great Grandparents from the mid 1800s.
iThe book was an excellent read, which I highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

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Excellent Book

The narrative was so good, played into characters well. It was a book I could not stop listening to, will read the next book in the series. Great Author.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK

This book is filled with so many emotions that it’s hard to put it down. I feared the French dialect would be hard but it wasn’t. Although a story centered around slavery this story is filled with so much kindness and good people. PLEASE DONT LET THE FACT THAT ITS CENTERED AROUND SLAVERY STOP YOU FROM BUYING THIS BOOK. YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED. IM ALREADY READY TO BUY HER NEXT IN THIS SERIES. The narrator is WONDERFUL TOO!

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  • Bonnie
  • Everett, Washington
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Exceptional

Loved it. The narration is excellent. Story line intriguing. I enjoy historical fiction. want to purchase next in series.
Bonnie

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Love on the plantion.

loved it! Could listen to it over and over again. Can't wait to hear the next book.

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