Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review - "The Creole Princess"

Book Description from the publisher:

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.

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.

My Review:
This is the second book in Beth's Gulf Coast Chronicles series and I feel like it is an excellent addition to the series.  Lyse is torn between loyalties and conflict is all around and within her heart.  This story dives right into the drama and the scene is set, both the summer heat and the tension and fear.  The historical details are so complex in this book and it really brought this time period to life.  Also, I loved the style of writing as the story is told by several characters and I really liked this approach as I felt like I got to know the characters better and was really a part of the story.  This is great historical fiction that historical romance fans will not want to miss out on. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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