The Roots of the Bayou

Acadians and Isleños on Bayou Lafourche

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
324 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2022
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Author Biography

Chad J. LeBlanc is an author, amateur genealogist, and IT professional living in Gonzales, Louisiana. He has published three books; The Isleños of Pierre Part, a book about the Spanish descendants in his hometown, Back In The Day, a book about hometown places from the past, and The Roots of the Bayou, a historical fiction novel based on his family who settled along the bayou in south Louisiana. His work illustrates his passion for the history and culture of his hometown of Pierre Part, Louisiana.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Idowu Adekunle for Readers' Favorite

The Roots of the Bayou by Chad J. LeBlanc is the story of Honore, a successful man living in Pisiguit, who is forced to leave his homeland after British soldiers claim his properties. The people of Pisiguit were loyal to the French government, and the British lords were unhappy with it. With a saddened heart, Honore packs his belongings and sets sail with his family. Honore and his best friend, Pierre, start to build a new community. The story centers on Joseph, the oldest son of Honore, trying to navigate the complexities of life, and Andres, a young man who does not seem to understand his purpose in life. These men, different characters who belong to separate worlds, are united by circumstances. Find out how both men, filled with enthusiasm, face life issues and overcome challenges.

In this epic historical fiction novel, Chad J. LeBlanc writes a captivating story of men who were forced to flee from home amid chaos. These men refused to be cowards in defending their lands, and when they lost, they started afresh. The Roots of the Bayou is a perfectly written story that contains suspense, action, romance, and adventure. My favorite things about the book were the characterization and chapter headings. The characters, especially Andres, had very likable qualities, and they were relatable. The headings at the beginning of each chapter contained dates and locations to keep readers on track of the events happening in the book. If you're interested in the history or genealogy of Southern Louisiana, you should check out this book.