"The Pelican Bride," book 1 in Beth White's Gulf Coast Chronicles, is a well-written and intricate story set in the early 1700's and the beginning of a new life in the Louisiana colony. Genevieve is apprehensive, excited and resigned to the life that she is about to begin. She, along with her sister and other girls, have promised to marry a man living in this colony. For Genevieve this is also giving her a chance to live her life how she wants to without being persecuted for her beliefs. However, peace and freedom are not guaranteed as she quickly finds out. Genevieve falls for a man whom is not seeking to win over one of these ladies whom have arrived, and she also finds that he is not well-liked by some in the colony. Tristan believes that the native people in the colony should be treated fairly and others do not agree with this. This is one reason why Tristan lives apart from the settlement; however he has other reasons and secrets underneath. Will Tristan open his heart and his life to Genevieve, will Genevieve find the love, and peace that she desires?
When I started reading "The Pelican Bride," I thought of books written by Serena Miller set in the logging camp following the Civil War. Both of these authors, Beth and Serena, have chosen unusual storylines and unique settings which I love! I enjoy historical fiction and it is even more intriguing to me when it is something that I know little about. It was so easy to get drawn into the characters' lives and Beth did an excellent job with details and really bringing the time period to life; I felt as if I had been transported down south. This is an excellent start to the series and I'm looking forward to more from this author!
*Thanks to the Revell Reads program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*