Lafayette, Louisiana, Author Publishes New Historical Novel

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This compelling book looks at Civil War-era America through the eyes of a young girl from a French Caribbean Island

Isabella: The Belle of Ironwood

Isabella: The Belle of Ironwood by Andrea Wren was released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

The author’s debut novel centers around fifteen-year-old Isabella, who knows her life will change when she leaves the comfort of her French Caribbean island home for Louisiana. But an unexpected turn of events lands her in the heart of the Deep South during the slavery era.

From the back alleys of New Orleans to the bayous of sugarcane plantations, Isabella struggles with the darker side of human nature and the heartbreak of the Civil War. Yet over the years she forges friendship from hardship, experiences the joys of love and family, and finds her calling. Can anyone ultimately lift a generations-long curse and forgive those responsible for Isabella’s suffering?

Through surprising twists and turns, Isabella: The Belle of Ironwood explores ideas of freedom and bondage and offers an interesting perspective on America during the nation’s most tumultuous time.

Andrea Wren is a native of Patterson, Louisiana. She is now a resident of Lafayette, Louisiana. Her pastimes include historical tours and antiques shopping, as well as writing, gardening, needlework, and taking care of her very inquisitive cats. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Arts and Humanities from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and she has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona. She is married and has two adult children. The author has published poetry in A Celebration of Poets: Showcase Edition and The Southern Consumer Times Newspaper. She had also published short stories in The Daily Advertiser’s Atchafalaya Voices: Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder.

Isabella: The Belle of Ironwood is a paperback at the retail price of $19.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-0368-6. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at


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