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.
I absolutely could NOT put this book down once I started reading. It is so full of details that will take the reader to a little known piece of American history.
Beth White is a master at bringing these fictional characters to life. The story is so interesting and intriguing that I kept reading late into the night and morning, even though I KNEW I needed to sleep. I absolutely had to know what happened between Rafa and Lyse. Their characters are so complex, yet endearing.
I loved learning about Mobile and its role in the American Revolutionary War. I didn't always love history and anything war related though. When I was younger I absolutely hated history...it's only since my middle daughter was born in 2009 that I've been interested in history and such.
Though I have not read Book 1, "The Pelican Bride",I really enjoyed The Creole Princess. I look forward to reading more from Beth White and hope she never stops researching and writing.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction with some romance.
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.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.