Purple Stalks & Grey Moss

by Ruth Richard Begnaud

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/8/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 196
ISBN : 9781438962511

About the Book

Regina Rousseau comes home from school abroad, to bury her father, who committed suicide after gambling away his plantation home in South Louisiana's sugar cane country, and mother, who dies from shock. Regina frees two valuable slaves which places her in jeopardy with gambler Moore. John and Emilie Edwards offer sanctuary from Moore. Regina hides love for handsome Cajun Raoul Dupre. Civil War erupts, sending men into battle.Regina and Emilie are befriended by Raoul Dupre's family. Union soldiers occupy  Edwards home but allow women to remain on second floor with little freedom.. Solaunge, and husband, Pierre, remain, while other slaves flee.War ends but before their men return, Regina and Emilie face Lester Moore and  vindictive mob, believing women were cozy with Yankees.

About the Author

Ruth Richard Begnaud, New Orleans native, journalist, LSU, Baton Rouge,La. established her byline Ruth Richard in campus newspaper, The Reveille, elected editor-in-chief of The Newmanscope by Catholic student center, secretary-treasurer of Theta Sigma Phi, Journalism honorary organization LSU chapter. Her feature and human interest stories appeared in the Baton Rouge Times and Morning Advocate. She was reporter-photographer for the Terrebonne Press, Houma, La. where she met husband. Author would like to thank Lurnice Begnaud for publishing Attakapas Gazette magazines in which she included "Down where the sugar cane grows" by James P. Kemper, which describes working inside a sugar mill during period of author's story. Other books published are Shadow Valley and Circle of Cornflowers. The author lives in St. Louis, Mo.