Award-winning historical romance

I'm an eighth generation Louisianian and proud of my unique culture and state. Join me as I follow several Cajun families finding adventure and love in South Louisiana as they span their own generations in The Cajun historical series. The Gallant-Dugas Family Tree is at bottom.

Cherie Claire's Emilie

“The beauty of Ms. Claire’s tale is in the message that love makes one a stronger and better person. She leaves just enough hints to keep readers eagerly anticipating the next two sisters’ tales. As a history buff, I enjoyed learning about the Acadian (Cajun) culture, as well as the story’s characters.” —Evelyn Feiner, Romantic Times magazine 

The Cajuns: Emilie
 

Emilie Gallant and her Cajun family have traveled to Louisiana in search of their father, separated thirteen years ago during le grand dérangement, the brutal exile by the British from their Nova Scotia homeland. The last thing Emilie has on her mind as she enters the rugged bayou country is marriage to her longtime companion, Lorenz Dugas. Beautiful but stubbornly defiant, Emilie worshiped Lorenz as a child but having to fight to preserve her family has built a wall around her heart. But Lorenz is equally determined and his passion will prove that their love cannot be denied. As they make their way across the untamed Louisiana wilderness, hoping to reunite the Gallant family, Emilie learns that love has a way of healing all wounds­ — even in the most unusual places.

 

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“Pick up a copy of Emilie for your reading pleasure, and take a journey into the historical Acadian (Cajun) country of Louisiana for an educational, romantic read.” 
—Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today 

 

"I just started reading Emilie last night and I could barely put it down! When I read the epilogue and saw Grand-Pré, 1755, I thought to myself, "Oh, this is going to be interesting." I am a born and raised Acadian and have lived my entire life in New Brunswick. I have always been proud of my heritage and have always been interested in the history of the Acadians. Reading your book brought me back to the pretty little church that was erected to represent the church burned down during le grand dérangement. I was worried at first, scared to be disappointed with the lack of accuracy but I must say, I was relieved and ecstatic to see that you know your history! So, I just had to write you a note to tell you how much I appreciate you telling 'my' story and I can't wait to see where all of these characters are going to end up. I'm hooked!" — Louise Babineau

Cherie Claire's Rose
The Cajuns: Rose

Rose Gallant was always the agreeable sister, which is why she’ll do anything to help her Cajun family find their father in the wilds of Louisiana. Joseph Gallant was separated from Rose and her two sisters thirteen years ago during le grand dérangement, the brutal exile by the British from their Nova Scotia home. So when a rich Louisiana Creole offers marriage and a chance to help, Rose believes the union will reunite her family. But it’s the passionate and handsome Coleman Thorpe that sets her heart to flame. Thorpe is both English and Protestant and therefore forbidden, but Rose will soon learn how determined a man can be in love, able to break down all boundaries and bring a family together.

 

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"Ms. Claire's tale of the Acadians (Cajuns) is rich in Old World traditions as she explores the early beginnings of what was to become the melting pot of American society. Rose and Coleman's love is the stepping stone to a new beginning and readers' hearts will be warmed by their love and its powerful message." 
—Romantic Times Magazine 

“I’m saving a spot for Cherie Claire on my keepershelf!” 
—Heather Nordahl, Affaire de Coeur 

Cherie Claire's Gabrielle
The Cajuns: Gabrielle

 

Gabrielle Gallant lost her heart the moment she met the sun-bronzed and dangerously handsome Captain Jean Bouclaire on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. When he kissed her in the moonlight, it hardly mattered that he was a smuggler by trade and the father of an illegitimate daughter. Jean swore to return to her, to help Gabrielle in her quest to reunite her Cajun family, but a duel went tragically wrong. Suddenly the bold privateer Gabrielle desired was a man on the run with a price on his head. Now it will take a miracle to bring them together, or the courage of a woman who will risk everything to be with the man she loves. 

 

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“Ms. Claire’s characters are vividly portrayed against the atmosphere of the swampland, and living in exile in a strange land and dealing with all that it entails. I felt I was right there with Jean and Gabrielle.” 
—Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance 

"Ms. Claire's treatment of the Acadians' (Cajuns') removal from Canada and their difficulties in settling in Louisiana are richly described. These are passionate people who are forced to endure hardships and who survive in spite of them. It is love that propels them to continue the search for happiness. This is a well-learned lesson for us all." 
—Romantic Times Magazine 

"The story is just chock-full of action and keeps the readers enthralled as it races to an end." 
—The Romance Journal 

Cherie Claire's Delphine
The Cajuns: Delphine

 

Raised by Captain Jean Bouclaire, Delphine Delaronde lost her heart to his partner Philibert Bertrand when she was just a girl. When she finally came of age and confessed her love to the dashing Louisiana smuggler, he dismissed her '"juvenile crush." Embarrassed and hurt Phiney flees to France, hoping to forget his cruel rejection, unaware that Phil had realized too late the precious gift he has cast aside. When fate brings them together again, Delphine has inherited a title, and a noblewoman's reponsibilities. Now she seems beyond Philibert's reach forever. But beneath the poise and grace of the beautiful countess beats the passionate heart of a woman who will never give up her one true love.

 

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“Author Cherie Claire masterfully blends the challenges of history, love and loyalty in Delphine. From the grand mansions of the aristocrats of France to the marauding dangers of the high seas, this rich plot combines intrigue, treachery, and traitorous love in a riveting novel readers will not be able to put down….Delphine comes highly recommended.” 
—Cindy Penn, Word Wrap 

A Cajun Dream
The Cajuns: A Cajun Dream

Spurned by the Americans living in the South Louisiana town of Franklin because of her Catholic upbringing, and forbidden to associate with the French Creoles and Cajuns by her father, Amanda Rose Richardson believes she is destined to become an old maid. When she finds herself in a compromised situation by the town rogue, it is her good friend René Comeaux, the darkly handsome and passionate Cajun who rescues her. Unbeknown to Amanda, René has been in love with her for months. But can René convince her father his intensions are honorable and win the heart of the "Jolie Blonde" he adores? 

 

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"A Cajun Dream will bring a smile to readers' faces. Ms. Claire has captured the sweetness of falling in love the first time with the gentleness of Dorothy Garlock and the tenderness of Pamela Morsi." — Maria C. Ferrer for Romantic Times magazine 

"What a marvelous debut! Cherie Claire is sure to earn a bevy of fans with this charming and heartwarming tale." — Rexanne Becnel, author of Blink of An Eye 
 

Cherie Claire's The Letter
The Cajuns: The Letter

Orphaned and alone in antebellum New Orleans, Fiona Riley promises a dying friend she will raise the woman's child as her own. But without a job and a roof over their heads Fiona fears for their lives. When a letter arrives announcing that relatives in a bayou town are searching for their long-lost cousin, Fiona finds the answer to her prayers, even if it means deceiving others to survive. 

Emile Dugas knew she was lying the moment he set eyes on Fiona Riley, an Irish immigrant trying to pose as his distant Cajun cousin. But how could he resist the entreating blues eyes of the angel baby she held in her arms or the fact that a larger force was at work in bringing them together? 

 

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"Cherie Claire is a new voice in romance from the heartland of Louisiana. I found The Letter enchanting, original and lyrical from beginning to end. Catch this star rising - her talent is a gift of the Goddess!" — Eileen Charbonneau, author of Rachel LeMoyne 

"This is a well written and enjoyable story that will appeal to all fans of good fiction, not just romance readers." — Greg Langley, The Advocate newspaper, Baton Rouge 

The Cajuns Boxed Set

Get all SIX books in one complete package for one low price.​

The Gallant-Dugas Family Tree

Marianne & Joseph Gallant

Emilie Marie Gallant & Lorenz Joseph Dugas
Matthias Dugas & Isabelle Doucet (Félicité Hebert & Silvestre Doucet)
Mathurin Dugas & Virginie Bertrand (Alain Bertrand & Aurelie Landry*)
Emile Dugas & Collette Landry
Alcée Dugas
Marie Rose Dugas & Etienne Comeaux
Pierre Dugas
René Comeaux
Alexandre Dugas
Emile (T-Emile) Dugas
*Alain Bertrand is the youngest son of Delphine and Philibert Bertrand

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