When Camille and her two teenage daughters fled New Orleans for the island of Little Gale off the coast of Maine, the islanders were initially more suspicious than welcoming. Twenty-five years later, Camille’s Creole restaurant, The Little Gale Gumbo Café, has become an island staple-as has the legacy of her romance with islander Ben Haskell. Camille and Ben, along with their children, created a new family unit with a seemingly unbreakable bond. But when Ben is found unconscious in his home, next to the body of Camille’s estranged husband, old secrets and suspicions reemerge, and the family must reunite to hope for Ben’s survival. But as revelations come to the surface, so do long-held secrets that will test the limits and definitions of family.
“[This] is a wonderful stew, a debut novel that will fill you with joy. Put it on your reading menu and enjoy!” –Adriana Trigiani, New York Times Bestselling Author of Don’t Sing at the Table
“Seamlessly shifting in time to reveal the layers of a mystery, this is a poignant story of an unforgettable family bound by secrets, fierce love, and a dash of voodoo. The Bergeron sisters will stay with you long after you leave Little Gale Island.” –Rae Meadows, Author of Mothers and Daughters
“I loved this novel like crazy. With its irresistible settings–from New Orleans to an island off the coast of Maine–unforgettable characters, and heartfelt exploration of love, family, and secrets, [this] is one of my favorite novels of the year.” –Melissa Senate, Author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School
“Built on a roux of charm, intrigue and family secrets, Erika Marks delivers a savory blend of romance and suspense…a delectable debut novel.” –Sally Koslow, Author of With Friends Like These