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FRANCIS PARKINSON KEYES… Over the years I've bought and read most of her books, and I've never been disappointed. I can see how some readers might think her writing is slow. That's because she takes time to give rich details of the time period, her settings, and the backgrounds for her plots. Her impeccable research is second to none. But that's not why I love her work so much. What she does best is tell a great story. In the end, that's the difference between her work and that of lesser writers ...more
The stories of the lives of the lives of the people of Louisiana were endlessly fascinating to me as a teenager. The way people who did not speak French were patronised, Italians were not socially acceptable for example, but the way the women rose above their disadvantages and second class status was inspiring. I am going to try and find her books and reread them.
Nov 02, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommended to Christina by: Carole Benjamin
Excellent novel about the lives of some plantation owners living on the River Road near Baton Rouge, Louisiana just after the Second World War. Keyes does a great job of showing us the traditional role females had to play in the characters of Merry and Regina, compared with strong, contemporary women such as Cresside trying to make her way in the World. We are also given an insight into the workings of a sugar plantation and even introduced to some of the political figures of the time- Governor ...more
I'm not comfortable rating this book since I fell in love with when I was in fifth or sixth grade, but Keyes was among my go-to shelves in the library during my intense adolescent historical fiction phase. God knows what I'd think of it today, but I don't want to revisit this territory so I'll let sleeping dogs lie and award it two stars.
Since I am a native of south Louisiana I enjoyed reading about the places and the culture that I know about. I read it so long ago I don't remember much about the story. I bought it because I had enjoyed Crescent Carnival by the same author but I remember being somewhat disappointed that River Road was not as good.
Mom had this on her bookshelves, where it's lived for a good many years. One hot summer when, when I was in high school I decided to read it. Unfortunately, or maybe tellingly, I remember more about the weather that week than I do about the book. I won't be reading this again.