The Couturiere Of Galvez
Written by Wanda Dionne
Hally Carter was only eleven years old when she was kidnapped from a Louisiana plantation and placed on a sailing ship bound for Galveston Island. It was the year the Civil War ended–1865.
This is Hally’s story, how she learned to sew and became a renowned dressmaker in a period of history when black women seldom had the opportunity to own their own businesses.
Her story coincides with the history of Galveston during its heyday. At one time the most prosperous port in Texas, the island city had to suffer growing pains too – yellow fever epidemics, hurricanes, fires out-of-control.
Hally is a survivor and so is her beloved Galveston – both brought to their knees by the killer storm of 1900 – both determined to make a “comeback.”
“…An interesting love story is woven into the history of Galveston told from a very personal perspective. Hally is a beautiful, light-skinned black heroine who, in a plucky, resourceful manner, faces prejudice, yellow fever, fire, and a hurricane. Wanda Dionne has created a suspenseful volume that will entertain young readers in grades five through ten who are drawn to absorbing history.”
Review of Texas Books
LAMAR UNIVERSITY, Beaumont, Texas
“The Couteriere of Galvez” is a lively historical novel set in the 19th century in Galveston after the Civil War. Young readers will enjoy this story.”
ROUND ROCK ISD, Round Rock, Texas