Beth White's debut book, The Pelican Bride, wins high marks on my favorites list!
~~It's Romantic & Clever
~~Historic & Intricate
Set in colonial Louisiana on the Gulf Coast of 1704, this first in a series of a family saga will pull you in and make you anxious for her number two in the series. If you aren't versed in pre-American Revolution history, you might take a little time to read White's A Word to the Reader at the end of the book, or brush up a little on your own. White has done her homework, as any teacher would do! At her day job, Beth teaches music in an inner-city high school, in historic Mobile, Alabama.
What could be so bad to make the lovely French born mademoiselle, Genevieve Gaillain, leave her homeland, cross the Atlantic, and marry a stranger in the untamed swamps of the Gulf Coast fledgling colony? She has no illusions that the move will be easy, but she hopes the new start will provide the opportunity to leave the horrors of the old world and gain a chance to worship quietly, without persecution for her outlawed religious beliefs.
When Genevieve falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer, their sweet romance is quickly pulled into a quagmire of loyalties between their secret pasts, and the demands of that serving their King requires while balancing relationships with the local military, Indians, Spanish, and British. And if those loyalties aren't enough complication, suspicion rises that a sinister enemy lurks within the colony.
Will Genevieve's secret be the undoing of the future of the colony and her newly found love?
White's debut is a page-turning delight that kept me reading every word and anxiously awaiting her next release, Book 2 of The Gulf Coast Chronicles, set in1776. In the fresh setting of the South, White gives an amazing view into colonial life in a style reminiscent of Laura Frantz.
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White reminds her readers how soggy the south can be on the coast. I spent eighteen days living in a tent giving medical care after Hurricane Katrina, in the very region of nearby present day Biloxi, Mississippi. We spent a long wet night in a military tent while the outer bands of Hurricane Rita buzzed through. It's a once in a life time experience I hope I won't have to repeat, but the climactic scene of this book, brought it all back afresh!
So, readers, any campers out there?
Do you camp with style & comfort, or the old gritty & primitive way?
What's the most rural place you've been to, or vacation you've been on?
If you've ever "roughed it", did it reconnect you to your settler ancestors and predecessors?
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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