Iron Lace (Iron Lace #1)
Years later, behind the iron lace gates of wealthy New Orleans, beneath the veneer of her society name, linger secrets that Aurore Gerritsen has hidden for a lifetime, and truths that threaten to change forever the lives of her unsuspecting family. No...more
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I had never given a lot of deep thought to the oppression that black people face daily and throughout history. Even if 3/4 of your grandparents are white, your life will be dominated by the influence of your black genes. There were plenty ...more
Well, I finished the book last night and I had the book figured out as far as I went.Ms. Richards took it a few steps further once again. A good read, not too light, not too heavy. It tells the story of one woman's life and the many lies she lived du ...more
Set in New Orleans during a 70-plus-year period (1893-1965), "Iron Lace" is the story of how racial prejudice wreaked havoc upon the "love affair" (and I use the term loosely) of white, privileged (weakling) Aurore Le Danois and bi-racial, orphaned (vengeful bastard) Raphael/Rafe Cantrelle/Etienne T ...more
Hers is a story of love and hatred, revenge and betrayal, Creole and Cajun and above all black and white. Anchored by desperate acts during the hurricane of 1893 but rooted in the color bar, Aurore's story forces Phillip to ques ...more
Is sweet revenge really sweet or is it mostly in the planning and scheming that it seems sweet? When does the sweet feeling fade after the revenge is taken? Is it worth the guilt that overtakes the schemer after the fact? Sweeter still is forgiveness.
Contains steamy, risque, not-very glossed over scenes. Lots of twists and turns, romance, deceit, revenge, sorrow, and guilt. One might have thought it ...more
Aurore, a wealthy woman wants her story told and chooses Phillp Benedict to tell it. He is puzzzled as to why this white woman chose him, a black journalist.It hooked me from the beginning even though admit I picked the reason early on but that didn't spoil the story at all. It is a story of love, revenge,racial tensions and prejudices, ambition,self interest and betrayal that starts in 1965 but takes the reader back to 1893. It is a ...more
Okay so this charming book brings me back to one of my all-time favorite books...The Help by Kathyrn Stockett. It has the same southern charm and a moral message to be heard. When a wealthy and elderly white woman asks an African-American journalist to pen her memoir he is nothing short of suspicious. Phillip initially blows off the dying wish of Aurore Gerritsen but after listening to her convincing first half of the story, he agrees to wri ...more
This is a fascinating historical account of a New Orleans society matron Aurore Gerritsen as told to a young black outspoken journalist in 1965. It is a story of class, culture and tangled race relations that comes alive with sights and sounds of New Orleans and a complex history of Louisiana.
I'm also excited about my recent series, Goddesses Anonymous, which started with One Mountain Away and was followed by So ...more