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Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans

Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans

(historical fiction/romance)

 Release date: April 1st, 2021
at Atmosphere Press

272 pages



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In 1728, beautiful, resourceful Madeleine Boucher is one of the last in a group of poor young girls given modest dowries in trunks, or casquettes, by the French government—then shipped off to America, where they are intended as wives for the French settlers in the Louisiana Territory. Despite a series of romantic travails, Madeleine remains dedicated to finding passion and securing the promise of her new adopted land, free from prejudices of the past.

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Madeleine Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans_Wanda Maureen MillerWanda Maureen Miller (or Mo)
grew up on an Arkansas farm in the 1940s and 1950s,
got educated, moved to California, and taught college English.
She has published six books
—a historical romance, The French (1983);
three textbooks, Reading Faster and Understanding More, Books 1, 2, and 3 (5 editions, 1976 to 2001);
her slightly fictionalized memoir, Last Trip Home (2018);
and now Book 1: Madeleine, Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans.
Retired, she plays pickle-ball and is working on Book 2: Solange, Daughter of Last French Casquette Bride in New Orleans.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this new story of Madeleine and the filles a la casquette, set in the early 1700s in the wilds of southern Louisiana. It was an interesting and adventurous historical fiction novel laced with an irresistible romance.
As the story covers almost 25 years, there is plenty of action during that time frame; there was never a dull moment in the book. This one kept me up reading way past a decent bedtime.
I recommend MADELEINE: LAST FRENCH CASQUETTE BRIDE IN NEW ORLEANS to readers that enjoy historical fiction with a romantic storyline or those that would like a story about a forgotten French policy (filles a la casquette) in the history of Louisiana and New Orleans.

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When Madeleine arrives to New Orleans Louisiana, the story quickly took off and I couldn’t turn pages fast enough! Madeleine is definitely someone I rooted for and wanted to succeed.


The author brings to vivid life all the hardships these women endured, not only the physical hardships of the journey but the mental anguish they suffered, not knowing what sort of husband and life they would have in their new home. Through this journey Madeleine grows as a person, gaining new skills that she could use to better her life.
Madeleine’s story is an entertaining one.
If you liked Aimie K. Runyan’s series, Daughters of New France, and Suzanne Desrochers'”Bride of New France” you will enjoy this one.

I loved being transported back in time to the early eighteenth century. I enjoyed getting to know Madeleine. She grew on me more and more throughout the story.

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