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  1. The Pelican Bride, Gulf Coast Chronicles Series #1
    The Pelican Bride, Gulf Coast Chronicles Series #1
    Beth White
    Revell / 2014 / Trade Paperback
    $9.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 33% ($5.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 40 Reviews
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  1. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    rich in history and dotted with sweet romance
    June 4, 2014
    SusanP
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Beth White knows how to immerse you into the hard facts and real life or starting out in the new world. She doesn't sugar coat the trials and realities of fort life and surrounding native people. The history in this story really grabbed my attention and I appreciated the "note to the reader" in the back with the details of what was real and what she put into the story. A ship full of women coming to a new settlement/fort to become wives of the soldiers there. Not an ideal way to get to meet men! Beth writes the awkward but sweet romance between Genevieve and Tristan very well. They struggle with growing dangers and even enemies within their own ranks. All the while Genevieve hides a secret and Tristan hides a deep loss. This is a very historically rich and intriguing story dotted with sweet romance throughout.

    I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.
  2. Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beth White's The Pelican Bride
    June 3, 2014
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a book everyone will want to put on their list to read.

    The history behind the story was well researched. It was

    enlightening to see how people treated each other and lived

    in the settling of early Louisiana.

    The beginning of the saga set in 1704 tells of the girls who

    crossed the sea to become brides in the Louisiana settlement

    aboard the ship named " The Pelican ".

    Upon arriving living conditions are far worse than one could

    possibly imagine, so the Pelican brides must adjust their lives

    drastically to survive.

    The author gets inside the heads of her characters to present

    Them to the reader so you understand the inner feeling of both the good and bad elements.

    The author addressed many social issues : living with deceit,

    betrayals, viciousness, greed, hatred, poverty, improper use of power, murder, religious persecution, abandonment,

    dysfunctional family life, rejection, demoralized citizens full

    of fear , loss and grieving, chaos, romance, faith issues,

    friendship, trust, forgiveness and love .

    The author introduces many colorful characters throughout

    the tale. She is able to weave the past and present together

    without difficulty.

    This book is an intriguing, complex, suspenseful tale which

    is fast paced and full of action.

    It is combines the action with historical fiction plus some

    romance added for a sensational read!!!!

    Beth White ends the book with information on the history of

    how her characters were created. Books on this era are also

    recommended.

    This is my first Beth White book that I have read but will

    not be the last.

    I received this book from book fun.org. My opinion is my own.
  3. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting, enjoyable read
    June 1, 2014
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an interesting period of history for a novel. The Gulf Coast Chronicles promised history and it promised that of a region I am unfamiliar with historically or currently. I am a bit of a history buff yet did not know much about the area's history. I knew that a group of French Canadians emigrated to the Gulf Coast to escape persecution in Canada. It is also presumptive to assume that English and Spanish were contenders for the territory. And of course, there were the Native Americans - Indians - that were already in the area. It was a rough area just as the author depicted and the young ladies aboard the Pelican (boat they traveled on to arrive as "Pelican Brides") did not expect it to be so rough.

    The ladies soon found out that they as women were much wanted and desired by the rough, dirty, lonely men in this frontier. But even though they signed on to marry, they could have their choice of husbands. It was not quite this simple, though, as there was political unrest, dishonesty, and manipulation of the Indian tribes to suit the political and dishonest goals of the manipulators.

    The characters are well developed and interesting. Genevieve Gaillain, a French Protestant and fugitive, is the lead female character who traveled with her sister as Pelican Brides. The main male lead, Tristan Lanier, is a strong interesting man. The supporting cast of men and women are woven into the story with ease creating a community of people that tend to make the reader think this is indeed a historical happening. While a novel, I found it appealing to my love of history. I especially liked the detail of the Indians and their interaction with the French and Canadian settlers. The Indian women teaching the French women how to make bread from corn which they grind themselves is interesting.

    DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Revell in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.
  4. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Early Louisiana History
    May 19, 2014
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Genevieve is running from her past and things we are not real sure of at first. She feels she has no choice but to become a "Pelican bride" She is strong and has ideas of her own. She not only would like to marry for a least a chance of love but feels she must also protect her sister who has also come to this new world as a pelican bride. Can she keep from having feelings for the "confirmed bachelor" and hold her faith and past a secret? Will she be the undoing of all the hard work going on at the time or does she help keep it all together?

    Tristan feels he can never love another after the death of his first wife, yet he just can't keep Genevieve out of his mind and path. She seams to always need his help in getting out of trouble. Can he find love again? What secrets is she hiding and can there ever be complete trust and love between them?

    I found this book a little hard to follow at times, there are a lot of different names to keep up with. This is a time period we usually do not read about, yet I found it interesting. I enjoyed this book, even though I did have trouble keeping people apart at times. I was given this book for my honest opinion from bookfun.org (The book club network).
  5. Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting book
    May 17, 2014
    Kris
    Fairfax, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What a great romance novel with lots and lots of history about Mobile, Alabama! Since I am not from that area I had no idea about some of the multiple difficulties the early settlers had in that area - warfare between the French, Spanish and English and the various native tribes and then the natural difficulties such as disease, insects and different weather conditions than they were used to. All of these things the author brings up, entwined in a love story with spies and death and threats of war. Good book! I received this book from TBCN in return for my honest opinion.
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