Miranda was not alone on the sprawling plantation. Her friend, her only real friend, is Albertine Beaudry.
Called Albee by everyone, the household servant is almost six feet tall, big as a house, and dark as night. Albee has been the LaLonde family housekeeper and cook for near fifty years. Her imposing stature belies bright eyes, a sharp wit, and a dazzling smile.
When Miranda’s mother died giving birth to the headstrong little woman, Albee vowed to Miranda’s father she would care for the child.