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The Cajun Embassy series follows three Columbia journalism coeds homesick for Louisiana who find comfort at school in a bowl of Cajun gumbo.
In each book — Ticket to Paradise, Damn Yankees and Gone Pecan — these dedicated friends make their way into the world and find that love — and a good gumbo — cures everything.
Ticket to Paradise
Lizzy Guidry is having the worst day of her life, thanks to newspaperman Martin Taylor, whose editorial has raised the ire of Lizzy’s boss, the mayor of Santa Helena, California. Martin is on the verge of losing his newspaper, which is why he’s buying yet another lottery ticket the night he runs into Lizzy. Still fuming, Lizzy beats him to it, nabbing the last ticket before the machines close. Topping off Martin’s worst day, Lizzy’s ticket wins. Only she doesn’t know it.
As Martin attempts to romance his way to five million dollars, will he lose his heart in the process? Will they both realize that love, more than money, is the ticket to paradise?
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Ms. Claire builds beautifully complex characters, making the reader feel as though they have known them longer than a few pages. ...With a great depth of emotion expressed by not only Martin and Lizzy, but secondary characters as well, the reader will fall in love with this family trying to find their way and place in this world. —Amelia Kitch, InD'Tale Magazine
Margaret Delta Mallory has two major problems in her life: she is setting a world record in job layoffs and her luck with men is disastrous. Broke, discouraged and one year shy of 30, Lindsey attends a journalism conference in Vegas in the hopes of landing another magazine job. Instead, she lands a husband. A Yankee, no less!
Colin Parnell doesn’t trust the Southern belle who’s landed on his doorstop, inheriting part of his Yankee Living magazine through his irresponsible cousin Jake. But he’s inexplicably drawn to Maggie’s lilting Southern accent, homemade gumbo and her adorable smile. Can Colin and Maggie discover love despite the obstacles, breaking down the Mason-Dixon Line between them?
Gone Pecan (gȯn pē-kan)
A South Louisiana expression meaning to split, to leave.
Caroline “Dewey” Henessey left Louisiana and Michael Arceneaux, the love of her life, with so many questions left unanswered. Now, fourteen years after Dewey went “gone pecan,” her grandmother delivers an ultimatum — return to Louisiana and make things right.
Can she leave her high profile job in Hollywood, even if it means restoring her broken heart? And even though Michael has forged ahead with his life, he can’t deny having Dewey back in town will make his life complete.
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The Cajun Embassy series follows three Columbia journalism coeds homesick for Louisiana who find comfort in a bowl of Cajun gumbo. Each book — Ticket to Paradise, Damn Yankees and Gone Pecan — follow these dedicated friends as they make their way into the world.
Because love — and a good gumbo — cures everything.