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The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

The Gates of EvangelineThe Gates of Evangeline. Finished 2-20-16, rating 4.25/5, fiction, 416 pages, pub. 2015

When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them.

After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie’s dreams asking for her help, Charlie finds herself entangled in a thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana’s prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to Evangeline, the family’s sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance bring healing. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal, and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust—and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could’ve imagined.    from Goodreads

From the beginning I’m drawn into Charlie’s world, not as a driven, successful New York professional, but as a mother, one who has a son the same age that Keegan, Charlie’s son, was when he unexpectedly passed away. Charlie is in a tailspin professionally and personally. When she begins having dreams/visions of children she thinks that she is losing her grip on reality and she makes a drastic decision.  From suburban Connecticut to the swamps on Louisiana, Charlie’s journey is one full of unexpected friendships, mystical visions, a cold case kidnapping, and healing.  There is also romance, but that storyline is the weak link for me and I could have done with less of it.

I loved the atmosphere of Evangeline. Not only was the heavy, steamy air full of evil, but the Deveau family itself harbored long kept secrets.  Hettie, the dying matriarch, managed to raise two annoying daughters and a son who managed the family business.  Charlie was there to write about the family and a 30 year old kidnapping but ended up finding a purpose for her visions.

This was a fun southern gothic read for me.  And I admit that the last scene in the book had me in tears (and not in a bad way).  This is the first of a trilogy and I’m looking forward to seeing what Charlie does next.

I want to thank She Reads and the publisher for sending me a copy of the book to read.  She Reads is an excellent group and if you aren’t reading their blog then you are missing out!

February 23, 2016 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books |


  1. I’m looking forward to this book, but will probably go the audio route. Forgot that it was the first of a trilogy!

    Comment by lakesidemusing | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  2. Yes, I like this one a lot. I wrote to the author and told her I like the book and she answered and shared that the second book will be called THE SHIMMERING ROAD, set in Arizona. And it will be about children. As will the 3rd book apparently. I look forward to both of them and more of Charlie.

    Comment by Kay | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  3. I can see why Charlie would be in a tailspin. This sounds really good.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  4. I’ve had this book on my list to read. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Comment by Vicki | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  5. I don’t have this yet, but it is near the top of my wishlist. I’m happy to read all the glowing reviews for it. Sometimes Southern Gothic is the way to go…

    Comment by Rita @ View From My Home | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  6. Your review has me wanting to read this even more, Stacy! It sounds like something I would like.

    Comment by Literary Feline | February 23, 2016 | Reply

  7. I saw this at the library, but did not pick it up. Hope it is there when I return.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | February 24, 2016 | Reply

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