Book Launch – Ruin and Renewal: Volume Three of Crescent City — 34 Comments

  1. The most surprising thing…. that I really grew to love a city I’ve never been to before. Not just love New Orleans, but to feel passionate about it – indignant at the foolish decisions, protective about its future, and pleasure at its recovery. That’s the power of your writing, Jack. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

  2. Some of those people who DID flee to Oklahoma City (unlike Lizzy) are still here. I work with some of them at the University. Scary stuff. Congrats on your new release Mr. Caldwell!

  3. Over the past few years, I have been listening through books and blog. You have provided me with a new prospective and respect for New Orleans. Thank you for that! And thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Jack, I haven’t read any of the books yet; I’ve been waiting for all of them to be available. I knew that I’d need to read them all together, all at once. These excerpts that you’ve shared are further proof of that need. Wow! Talk about gripping! I’ve never been to New Orleans, so I wasn’t able to understand the concern and fear that people were expressing, leading up to Hurricane Katrina. Without being familiar with the place, it was not possible for me to know how it could be any worse than any other hurricane. I still haven’t been, but the news reports certainly showed how this hurricane was different from all the others. I look forward to (safely) experiencing that difference while reading your series.

    • Katrina was different in many ways from hurricanes past and present. It was indeed the “perfect storm” if you want to kill a city. Interspersed in the drama is how and why Katrina was different. Fortunately, the vast majority of storms are not like that. But one day, somewhere, there will be another city-killing monster. Thanks for your support.

  5. When I began the series I was captivated with the vivid descriptions of New Orleans and the introduction to Emma, Marianne and Elizabeth. New Orleans is fascinating, unique and the history and background add a wonderful dimension to the novel and gives me the depth and profound meaning to the city. I loved this saga which was meaningful and unforgettable.

  6. just, WOW. I’ve been on the Gulf coast twice when I was in the Air Force many years ago; but, I never did get to NOLA. Biloxi, MS, was as close as I got to the kind of devastation from hurricane (it was still rebuilding). Our coastline up here in SE CT and SW RI was utterly devastated in 1938. There were no warnings then, so even though I was not born until much later I grew up with the stories from my Grandparents, Mother, and Uncle. They said it was like the end of the world. My sincere empathy and sympathy goes to all to those who lived through it and to those who still mourn.

    • Just by your comment of the great storm of 1938, you can see an area never forgets The Big One. The Mississippi Gulf Coast was Ground Zero for Katrina, and I don’t forget that. It’s unfortunate that Mississippi is the forgotten victim of the storm. There were 239 confirmed deaths there.

  7. What surprised me the most was that before reading your stories I had no desire to ever go to New Orleans. After reading your books and learning more of the history behind LA and New Orleans that Mardi gras there is so much more to it then one big week party. While I don’t think I need to go to Mardi gras I now would actually chose New Orleans as a possible vacation spot in my future travels. 🙂

    • To be honest, most visitors to New Orleans never see the Mardi Gras. A visit to New Orleans is like a visit to one of the great cities of Europe, although closer and the natives speak English (kinda).

  8. I am always enamored of a writer that entwines the real within a compelling story. That is why I am so taken with this series. I agree with other commenters that the vivid portrayal of the city itself evokes more emotion and feels as if this city really is another character within the story. … to root for and hope for and pray for. Thank you for writing.

  9. I was most surprised by how compelling
    the picture of New Orleans was and how
    well the story of the city combined with
    the three Austen heroines.

  10. Congrats on achieving what you set out to do, Jack. I haven’t read the series yet and I’m curious as to who survives and who perished. I hope G-Daddy dies but the main characters like Elizabeth, Darcy, Anna Elliot.

  11. I’m sorry to say I haven’t read Bourbon Street Nights or Elysian Dreams. I plan to and both are in my TBR file.

    Would I lose some by reading Ruin and Renewal first? After reading chapter above I really want to start reading Ruin and Renewal. And I NEVER read series out of order. As the saying goes never say never. 😉

    Please let me know because I may have to plan a marathon/binge reading session.

    Also, I want to say I’ve read all of your other books and love them. Just haven’t started the Crescent City trilogy as yet.

    • Tamara, I suppose you could read RUIN AND RENEWAL first. You’ll be able to figure out the basic plot regarding our main couples. The important thing about RUIN AND RENEWAL is all the information you don’t know about Katrina unless you were in NOLA or the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

      There’s some other plot threads that won’t make much sense, but they will give you a reason to pick up BOURBON STREET NIGHTS once you’re done.

  12. I still get anxious thinking about the aftermath of Katrina – my best friend from college is from Ocean Springs, MS, and even my parents were impacted more inland in MS. RUIN AND RENEWAL is at the top of my reading list – I just hope I can finish it. I’ve loved the series thus far.

    • I’m not gonna lie–I still get mad over all the mistakes and misinformation. Barbara has a hard time reading it. But I recall the 1,800 souls we lost (and over 300 still missing). Their story must be told.

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