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4.13.2015

The Creole Princess ~ Review

The Creole Princess
Gulf Coast Chronicles 2
Beth White

This is the second book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series. Several generations of the Lanier family have come and gone between the two books.  The Pelican Bride was set during the founding of Mobile and The Creole Princess is set during the early days of the American Revolution and its impact on the residents of the Gulf Coast region specifically Mobile and to a lesser extent New Orleans. 

Lyse Lanier is considered socially unacceptable to much of Mobile's elite society, though the Lanier blood flows through her veins.  Her father, instead of marrying into a family of equal social status, found his heart captured by a slave.  Caught between two  worlds and considered neither black nor white Lyse must find her place in a world being torn apart by revolution.


It is into this world that Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda enters, bringing even more turmoil into Lyse's life.  Here is a man who could very well win her heart and crush her spirit in the winning. He is first man to ever give her the attention befitting a lady, but can he be trusted?

The Creole Princess is a step into the past, where prejudices and harsh inequities rule.  Bloodlines and money reign and those who are found lacking have no hope, but that which the promise of revolution brings.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell through their Blogger Program in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter--though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.


About the Author:
Beth White is the award-winning author of The Pelican Bride. A native Mississippian, she teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.