The Pelican Bride
Gulf Coast Chronicles book 1
-From the back cover-
She's come to the New World
to escape a perilous past.
But has it followed her to these far shores?
It is 1704 when Frenchwoman Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board the frigate Pelican bound for the distant Louisiana colony. Both have promised to marry one of the rough men toiling in this strange new world in order to escape suffering in the old. Genevieve knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of persecution for her outlawed religious beliefs.
When she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer-turned-farmer whose checkered past is shrouded in mystery. Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. Trouble is brewing outside the fort between the French colonists and the native people surrounding them. And an even more sinister enemy may lurk within. Could the secret Genevieve harbors mean the undoing of the colony itself?
Gulf Coast native Beth White brings vividly to life the hot, sultry South in this luscious, layered tale.
I first wanted to read The Pelican Bride after reading the book blurb and discovering it was about a French Huguenot that fled France to the New World looking for freedom to practice her faith. See, I enjoy learning my family history and I happen to know that I had some Huguenot ancestors that fled France in the very late 1600's. That knowledge made this book even more interesting to me than a typical historical novel would be, and believe me I do love historical novels.
This Book earned a 4.5 Bark rating.
The characters, both good and bad, are realistic and believable. They elicit the emotions of the reader in such a way that you feel a part of the story instead of just observing through the author's eyes. I love the heroine; she is strong, kind, and follows her beliefs no matter the cost. I also enjoyed watching the hero change and grow throughout the story.
One of the things I liked best about the book is that it isn't just a historical romance but also includes a healthy dose of intrigue. There is mystery, danger, double crosses, murder, kidnapping..... Well, you are just going to have to find out for yourself!
One little thing I'll note is that this book does have a few PG-13ish moments and I would kind of suggest this story for a little older readers, like 15-16 or so.
Excellent story from a good author and I will be excitedly awaiting the next book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles! Don't miss this wonderful story about a little-known piece of American History!
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives The Pelican Bride by Beth White a 4.5 Bark rating.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Revell (April 15, 2014)
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