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All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie--and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721985
ISBN-13: 9780800721985
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Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles

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All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie--and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

With spectacular detail that brings the Colonial South alive, Beth White invites readers into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known side of the American Revolutionary War. Her richly textured settings and characters delight while fast pacing and closely held secrets will keep readers turning the pages.

Author Bio

Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one--so far. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl. The author of The Pelican Bride, 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. Visit www.bethwhite.net for more information.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    May 15, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Revolutionary War is such a fascinating and pivotal point in our history. Most stories written about that time are usually located on the east coast among the original thirteen colonies. Beth White has once again written a story about a well-known time in history, the Revolutionary War period, but she chose to set it in Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans.

    I must admit that I had no idea what was going on in this area during this portion of history. Beth tells the story of the time through the Lanier family. She first introduced us to them in The Pelican Bride. Now it is a few generations later and the story continues with the descendants of those that settled the area.

    Not only does Beth give us a little history lesson but she adds in some touchy subjects as well. Slavery is prevalent but there is also an increase in the desire to free the slaves. The subject of mixed race parentage is a main tenant in the story. I found it very interesting to read about Lyse Lanier who is the daughter of a freed-slave mother and a french father. Her story is juxtaposed with her cousin Scarlet. Scarlet's mother is the sister to Lyse's mother. Scarlet is still a slave just as her mother was. Their two lives are so different even though they are from the same family and live in the same town.

    And then there is the dashing Spaniard Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda. He is the reason that this book is classified as a Historical Romance. He is rico suave personified. But what you see is not all there is to this handsome spy. Lyse falls under his spell but is unsure if she can trust him. Discovering if she can makes this book a worthy read.

    I can hardly wait for the third installment in the Gulf Coast Chronicles scheduled for Spring 201. It will be called The Duchess of Navy Cove and there is a teaser in the back of the book. The Lanier family saga continues and from what I read it looks to be another hit.

    I received a copy of this novel to facilitate my review.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    It was an enjoyable read, but I am not sure if it is something that I am craving more of. Thus, I liked it, but with reservations.
    May 1, 2015
    Sparrowhawk
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Creole Princess was a well realized historical tale. The story was sweet and simple, there were lighthearted moments and witty banter between characters that kept me engaged for the most part; however, there was an absence of that special something that makes you want to treasure and read a book over and over again.

    Despite this setback though, anyone who reads The Creole Princess is sure to get caught up in the politics and emotions of this historical account. It was an enjoyable read, but I am not sure if it is something that I am craving more of. Thus, I liked it, but with reservations.

    WHAT I LIKED:

    + It is seemingly impossibly to talk and elaborate about the premise of the story without getting into any spoilers! Therefore, I will refrain from opening that door; all you need to know is that the story revolves around themes such as kindness, sacrifice, bravery, loyalty, beauty, and as aforementioned, makes for a delightful lighthearted read

    + Lyse Lanier's sweet and spunky personality kept me riveted throughout the entire narrative, and I suppose it is owing to the simple fact she shows great strength and bravery despite the whirlwinds in her life. Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda (yes, that's his full name) kept me just as entertained as well - with his charm and natural appeal. The witty banter between these two characters was utterly engrossing and comical to say the least

    + The setting of the story takes place during the American Revolution, and I felt the prose captured the delicate political tropes beautifully and subtly- from the slavery movement in early America to the trading relationships between Britain, France and Spain; it was all so intriguing and appealing. Needless to say, these historic events are the basis of the Gulf Coast Chronicles series and it's a wonderful way to hone in on your history and delight in it all at the same time!

    + Having said that, I must commend Beth White for writing such high quality historical fiction - which in my opinion is rare. The facts of the story are pretty accurate, as well as the timing of the events, and while it may seem as though the narrative is heavy on its historical appeal, it doesn't overwhelm, truly. I also feel the need to share how much I enjoyed Beth White's personal note to the reader - which we find at the conclusion of the story - in where she admittedly states, "I am a complete and unashamed history nerd." Ha! There's no arguing that! Beth white accomplishes this marvelously

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKED:

    - The biggest gripe I had with The Creole Princess was unfortunately, the endless overuse of metaphors and figurative language. They were exhaustive to read, and more often than not, felt intrusive; like, they were stealing the attention away from what the author was really trying to describe. I cannot deny how brilliantly talented Beth White is at writing them though! I just would have appreciated them (and the story) a lot more if they were used sparingly

    - The transitional flow between scenes and chapters were rather choppy and abrupt for my taste; in consequence, making the connections between each section of the story monotonous and a bit difficult to follow along. I don't know how else to elaborate on this sentiment other than that, I enjoy the anticipation and excitement that keeps readers like me turning those pages, if that makes any sense

    - Another weakness I seemed to stumble upon within The Creole Princess is its plot line - which was practically non-existent - simply because the written descriptions take up 90% of the book

    - Thus, in light of the aforementioned, it behooves me to say that the pacing of the narrative seemed somewhat sluggish. Had the repetitive thoughts and descriptions been kept to a minimum, I know for certain that I would have enjoyed the prose a lot more. That's all I can really say
  3. Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Review: The Creole Princess
    April 23, 2015
    Mardell
    Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I spent the weekend at my favorite place reading an advance copy of The Creole Princess by Beth White for review. Set in Mobile Alabama in 1776, the author reeled me in like a fish off the bayou. I love American history and this setting is a new perspective in that war for independence in the deep south. Major players were the Spanish and the British.

    Our heroine is Lyse Lanier of French Creole descent and incomparable beauty. The story is first and foremost a romance with some intrigue along the coast to aid the American cause. Lyse's best friend Daisy Redmond is the daughter of the Commander of Fort Charlotte. The fort plays an important part in the story as unrest after sentiments the Declaration of Independence spreads, forcing Major Redmond to seek the Oath of Loyalty to the crown from the townspeople.

    In the midst of the building tension a young Spanish dandy named Rafael Gonzales (Rafa) has immersed himself into the society of Mobile and most of all the confused heart of Lyse Lanier. Rafa is not taken seriously by Lyse who believes him to be insincere. He flirts openly and seems to disappear only to resurface in unlikely places. She is torn by the excitement when Rafa is near and the safe attentions of a young British officer of a rather staid nature. Is it better to marry someone just because he is safe or love a man who is handsome, exciting and living on the edge?

    Rafa has his reasons for disappearing and it is not because he is toying with Lyse. It all comes out in a plot that shows us what risks Spain took to support the American cause. In the midst of some dangerous plots, we experience the cruelty of slavery, prejudice, jealousy and deception. Things are definitely not as they seem. I recommend you take some tea and begin this book for some down time that will keep you guessing what will happen next to our Creole Princess. I think you will agree, she is one courageous, inspirational woman.
  4. Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting History
    April 18, 2015
    ChooseWisely
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The Creole Princess by Beth White was an interesting read for me for many reasons. White writes about a different kind of character, with a much different type of heritage and family than most books that fall into this genre. The very fact that the main character was Creole intrigued me. Further, I enjoyed the history lesson White teaches as she writes this title. As much history as I have read and studied, I really feel like I missed out on knowing the role Spain played in the American Revolution.

    Where I began to struggle with this book was the long list of characters and the wide span of time the pages cover. I sometimes found myself flipping back just to be sure I wasnt confused about certain characters and the role they were playing in the story. The first chapter is set in August 1776 and concludes in March of 1780. As I turned from one page to the next, time was passing in chunks and I am not sure I kept pace very well. I do think the novel ended nicely and that White tied up all of the loose ends.

    The Creole Princess stands alone, but I cant help but wonder if I would have felt differently had I read the first book in the series. Overall, I feel this title is 3.5 stars. It has not been my favorite read this year, but I appreciate it for its uniqueness and depth of history. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Intrigue and Espionage in the American Revolution
    April 15, 2015
    Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cannot even describe how much I loved this book. I can tell Beth White put a lot of time and research into every detail of her story. She truly "brings the Colonial South alive" and introduces a new and exciting twist to the American Revolutionary War. The plot was fast moving and well-written. The setting was fantastically detailed. Reading the story from several different points of view was interesting. While the main story was told from Lyse and Rafa, hearing from Daisy (a British descendent) and Scarlet (a slave) allowed me to become even more immersed in the time period and culture. I was eager to finish, yet sad when it ended.

    I loved Lyse Lanier. Her spunk, humility, independence, and sweet spirit kept her story from being bogged down in the realities of life at the time. She truly made the story. Rafael Gozalez was as much comic relief as an added layer of intrigue to the story. His humanity and kind nature were a balance to Lyse's more impetuous side. The romance that blossomed between them and the sparks that flew whenever they were around each other was refreshing.

    The message of the story, while bringing to light aspects of the American Revolution that helped shaped our country as we now know it, was about praying and trusting and believing. Each character had to come to grips with the path their lives had taken, whether it was because of choices made or because of being forced against their will, and to trust that the loving God they knew had a plan. As Scarlet reminds us, "God had a way of brining encouragement into the darkest of days."

    Overall, if you're looking for espionage and intrigue in the midst of history, this is the book for you. I look forward to reading more from this amazing author!

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.**
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