Crescent City: A Novel

Crescent City: A Novel

by Belva Plain

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Crescent City 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely good, Belva Plain captures the difficulty of wanting something that you can't have. I picked up this book, and it was impossible to put down. This is a book that everyone should read
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved this book. I wish it just kept going and going... Didnt want it to end.....
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
She was the stunning daughter of a wealthy Jewish merchant. From an idyllic childhood in opulent New Orleans, Miriam Raphael would be swept up into the turmoil of the Civil War. Forced to choose between her duties as a Southern wife and mother and her love for a forbidden man and a forbidden cause, Miriam is at the center of a whirlwind of divided loyalties and divided hearts.I really enjoyed this book. This was the first time that I have read this book, even though I love Belva Plain as an author. This is actually the first book that I've read that takes place during the American Civil War and give it a strong A+!
RoseCityReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crescent City by Belva Plain has all the makings of a great historic saga: Jewish immigrants flee the poverty and persecution of 19th Century Europe for a life of luxury in the religiously tolerant boomtown of antebellum New Orleans; families are torn apart over the slavery issue and fight on opposite sides of the Civil War; there are loveless marriages, adulterous affairs, hoop skirts, burning plantations, and even blockage runners. Unfortunately, the book is still boring. It only skims the surface of the major events of the plot and the conflicts the characters face. It lacks the details of the really good historic epics, like John Jakes¿s Bicentennial Series. It lacks the smutty thrill of a good bodice ripper like that 1970s classic, The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. It lacks the emotional depth and pure entertainment of Gone with the Wind.Despite being over 500 pages long, Crescent City comes up short.
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