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Deep Summer by Gwen Bristow
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Oct 21, 09

Deep Summer is the first of Gwen Bristow's Plantation Trilogy, which centers around a Louisiana plantation and the family who runs it. Judith is a Puritan girl on the boat to the Louisiana frontier with her strait-laced family, and she startles herself by eloping with a handsome and penniless aristocrat named Philip who is determined to start his own dynasty in the raw and rough Delta country. The book chronicles Philip and Judith's life from early love through poverty, children, riches, betrayal, forgiveness, and old age - and along the way hits a few historical events like the Louisiana Purchase. The description of the bugs alone may have you vowing never to visit Louisiana, but the book's fascination is in its portrait of a marriage. Philip and Judith are a happy couple, but that happiness is won through work, through arguments over Christmas gifts, through agonizing family rifts and slave rebellions and quiet moments in bed. And Bristow's clear prose is just the setting for such a jewel.
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