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River Oaks Plantation by [Robinson, B. J.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1287 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: B. J. Robinson; 1 edition (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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Hurricane Katrina is winding herself up off the Louisiana coast (2005), and unsuspecting Amaryllis Camilla (Cammie) O’Brien, rocks up to the River Oaks Plantation House with grand ideas for the old place. Back to her roots, the big city life behind her, not a lot has changed as far as she can tell. It’s about to, though, and when forced to wade through water that is ankle deep, and lights in the house are blinking, it’s not the best of homecomings.

Wind and water soon begin to wreak havoc and while Cammie is exploring her late grandmother’s house, water is creeping ever higher and closer to the house. Finally told to gather personal belongings by Noah Gautreaux, (trusted plantation manager), Cammie isn’t about to argue. After all, he’s an old flame, and he’s already ignited a spark that could all too easily blaze out of control: if only the Louisiana sun was shining. He though, is more concerned with getting her and two dogs safely to dry land, and what transpires is terrifying, heart-rending and requires heroic deeds by both. But, in a scary moment alone with just the dogs for company, Cammie seeks comfort from a diary found in the house: anything to take her mind off what is happening all around her.

In the aftermath of Katrina, life resumes, but how long will it take to rebuild what is lost or refurbish properties that miraculously survived? With River Oaks still standing, Cammie vows to restore it to its former glory, and with Noah’s help, she does just that. But, if not for a diary penned in the 1800s and all that it reveals, she might never have known about its hidden secrets and of those who survived the American Civil War.
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Like several other reviewers, I wondered what sort of "award" had been given to the author of this book. After struggling through page after page after page, I guess it was given out by a group akin to the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Vacherie First Baptist Church, or by a not-too discerning eighth grade English teacher. I don't expect a reputable literary group would have given this book or its author more than a pass. But who knew, from all the hype? I do, now.

There are so many things wrong with this book that I had difficulty choosing what to highlight, and how many of the plethora of examples to cite. We have blatant historical inaccuracies, anachronisms and anachronistic language, truly awful dialogue, cardboard characters behaving in wildly improbable ways, a ridiculous and totally unrealistic plot for both time periods, and generally bad writing throughout.

I nearly threw my beloved Kindle against the wall when on the very first page, empty-headed Heroine Number One, Maggie Turnrow, "in a trance...sat spellbound" as "the home of her dreams" "took her breath away." I didn't believe so many clichés could be used in two consecutive sentences, but this was just the beginning of an amazingly endless parade of clichés, one right after the other, from that first page until the very last one. What makes this example especially egregious is that when empty-headed Heroine Number Two, the improbably named Amaryllis Camilla O'Brian, shows up at River Oaks, she uses exactly the same trite, stale, and hackneyed words and phrases--the very same.

But wait, there's more! Maggie also refers to River Oaks as the "two-story antebellum home...[that] made her heart flutter.
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River Oaks Plantation 1856 - The minute the horse and buggy drew up in front of it, Margaret Jane Turnrow knew she'd found the home of her dreams. In a trance, she sat spellbound and stared. The majestic beauty from the long white-shelled drive, the huge live oak trees dripped with Spanish moss, and the white-columned splendor of the large two-story antebellum home made her heart flutter. She fell in love at first sight, and that first view of the large white house sitting behind massive oaks took her breath away.

Margaret and her new husband Danny have just returned from their honeymoon to their new thirty-five hundred acre Louisiana home. Danny's promise to "Maggie" is to become a wealthy planter and make them rich with the growing of cotton and sugarcane. But then comes the war. Will they be able to survive the war without losing everything they have worked so hard for?

River Oaks Plantation 2005 - On August 29th, Amaryllis Camilla O'Brien eased her red metallic Chevy Camaro down River Road. After driving all night in horrible wind and rain, she couldn't wait to reach the plantation. Her heart thudded against her chest the closer she got. The best summers of her life were the ones she'd spent under shady oaks with her grandmother. And now with the passing of her grandmother the plantation was hers.

When "Cammie" stepped from her car and made it into her home she found more than she could ever expect. She found an old friend from the past, but she also found that she had picked the worse time ever to return to the plantation. Her return came just in time to experience one of the worse hurricanes Louisiana had ever faced - Katrina.

River Oaks Plantations is made up of two stories that become one.
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