Young Adult historical novel set in New Orleans
Tales of the Southern Gothic
Romance and suspense combine at an 1874 Mardi Gras ball when 15-year-old Juliette Carondel meets her forbidden love, Union Private Roland Montgomery. Juliette narrates her dangerous courtship, echoing Romeo & Juliet's, while weaving together details of ballroom, wedding, and burial customs with a touch of voodoo. Juliette defies her family's prejudices and finds a way to live for love, not die for it.
"How I love the night! My family's house, lke others in the French sector of New Orleans, is tall and narrow, walled and gated, its beauty hidden from any passersby. And I am hidden, too . . . Only at night may I slip out, unchaperoned, onto the balcony overlooking the street and glimpse the world beyond the iron railing."