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Celestine: The House on rue du Maine

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In 1795 New Orleans, the Spanish controlled city struggles to rebuild after two devastating fires, and a young teenage girl is just as determined to leave her past behind and start anew. Celestine, the daughter of a Mississippi River prostitute spends most of her time hating herself, her life and the dirty men who rut with her mama. When she turns thirteen and her mama inf ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Chances Press, LLC (first published August 29th 2012)
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Celestine: The House on Rue du Maine is an intriguing historical romance/struggle for survival set in New Orleans between the years 1795 to 1858. New Orleans was part of the French territories in the West and under provincial control, later passing into the hands of the American government. Women had no political or legal power and any type of independence or power was rare and hard won through their own intelligence and daring. Young Celestine was the daughter of a street whore, often abused an ...more
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This is unlike any book I have read till now and I’m distraught to say in which sense I feel so. It did start off as a historical fiction but after that I think it took a completely different turn. And I would say it was for the worse.

I’m all praise for how strong Celestine’s character is made to be even though I may not approve of her choices later in the story. Although I can imagine her as being a not-so-ordinary woman of her time. She was interesting, I will give her that but for so
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I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour - you can read the entire post at http://queenofthenightreviews.blogspo...

Celestine: The House on Rue du Maine is an interesting historical romance set in New Orleans between the years 1795 to 1858. At the beginning of the story, New Orleans is still part of the French territories in the West and under provincial control, as the story progresses we see New Orleans pass into the hands of the American government while retaining
Ruth B
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Celestine is a good historical romance situated in the eighteen century New Orleands. In a time where slavery was real and pirates too, a woman will do everything she thinks right for her and her family.

After running away from an awful childhood, Celestine grows up to be a decent and respectful young woman under the care of the Ursulines Nuns. The Convent has been her home since she was a runaway teenager and now she needs to decide what to do, either she marries a suitable man or she joins the
Andrea Guy
Celestine is a rather unusual book. I had a sort of love/hate thing going on with it. I liked the men in her life, after she left her mother. Her husband Maurice was the kind of wounded hero you can't help but love. If you think that having a mother that is a prostitute is bad, his story is worse. At lease 'Tine wasn't violated by one of her mother's Johns.

'Tine is another matter. She's head strong and does a lot of acting without thinking and then reacting in anger. She's a hard heroine to rela
Nov 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
The story starts out with Celestine as a young girl who seeks refuge in the orphanage to avoid becoming a prostitute like her mother. She wants nothing to do with men and is disgusted with the thought of sex. This book was described to me as a romance novel, but I didn't find it romantic. In my opinion, I want to read a hypnotizing love story, the characters find eachother, feel great passion for one another, overcome obstacles to be together, and are commited to one another. Sex is a great addi ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The story line is active and I loved the characters. The characters are not your everyday people but I just fell in love with them, maybe because they were not humdrum people. And I loved that F.J. could describe New Orleans in such a way that you would have thought she actually lived there in that time period. I will definatly look for her next book!
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F. J. Wilson was raised on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi in the fishing village/ artist community of Ocean Springs, ninety miles east of New Orleans; the city far from her reach but close to her heart. Much of her time growing up was spent reading under her grandmother’s big camellia bushes hiding from housework and the inevitable call to come inside and help start ‘supper’. In a time when young g ...more

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