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
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