I just finished reading The Pelican Bride by Beth White, an inspirational historical romance set in 1704 in the French colony on Mobile Bay. I really enjoyed reading about Genevieve and Tristan and all the people they interact with. I had never read a novel with this setting so I learned quite a bit about the area, time and peoples. The Pelican was the ship that brought a group of young French women to the New World to marry men who had already settled there. The characters are well developed and the plot includes a bit of intrigue. By the middle of the book I could not put it down until I finished. This is volume one of the Gulf Coast Chronicles and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, by way of The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for an honest review.
The minute I read the blurb on the back of this book, I knew it sounded like it was right up my alley. Sure, I love a good suspense novel, but I also like historical novels as well. So long as they aren't dry and you feel like you are reading a textbook:) I had no need to worry with this one! Excellent book about a group of people I didn't even know existed.
The book opens with two women disembarking off a ship. These are the Pelican Brides. There is a whole boatload of them and they have come overseas as brides for the men in the Louisiana colony. I have to admit, I had never heard of these women before. By the time I was done, I knew a lot about them. My favorite was Genevieve, the oldest Gaillian sister. I felt a connection with her and the troubles she had watching over her younger sister Aimee. In fact, a couple times I wanted to shake Aimee as she is somewhat shallow and oblivious to what is going on around her. I think she came through in the end though.
I immediately fell in love with Tristan. He is the oldest Lanier brother, very mature and kind. A man with mixed emotions and many battles to wage. His younger brother very much reminded me of Aimee but we see as they both mature and grow.
The historical detail is shown to a great extent and I really liked that. The turmoil and political factions were quite intriguing. Overall an excellent book that I will be picking up again. Way to go Beth!
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As a history teacher and aficionado of American History, in particular, I looked forward to reading The Pelican Bride. It covered a location and time period about which I had never read in Christian Historical Fiction. I was NOT disappointed!!!
By reading the author's notes, we learned that this book was based on a true voyage of The Pelican to bring a group of mostly convent raised young ladies to the French Louisiana colony as brides for the king's soldiers and settlers. They lived on the edge of civilization in very close proximity to several Native American villages.
This story concerns Genevieve Gaillan, an outlawed French Protestant, who was escaping a murder charge and her naÃ¯ve sister Amee. They look to the colony as an escape from their problems in France. Genevieve quickly finds love with Tristan Lanier, an outcast of the colony. Both of them become embroiled in charges of treason, a hunt for the real traitor, an unexpected inheritance, a selfish little sister who betrays confidences, a hurricane, and troubles with the Native People.
Many of the characters were based on actual historic figures from the time period. I found the research to be very accurate and interesting. I think any fan of historical fiction who enjoys some romance and adventure thrown in, would really enjoy this as is a vast departure from events usually covered in the majority of historical fiction titles.
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This was a great book, once the action started happening. The story line was familiar; it is very similar to the historical mail order bride stories. Each girl has a different story, and I'm glad the author did not try to write about all of their stories in one book! The historical time period is one that is quite new to me. I haven't read many, if any, books from the 1700s during the very beginning of American settlement. The author provided great historical detail, without going overboard. Because it was the first book in the series, I believe it took a lot longer to get into because the author had to set the background.
The author chose to jump between several different points of view: Genevieve Gaillain, Aimee Gaillain, Tristan Lanier, Nika, and Julian Dufresne. Because of this, I feel like I didn't get a good sense of the story until over half way through. You have to really pay attention to what you're reading to follow along well. However, the main characters of Genevieve and Tristan were very well written.
Overall, this is a story about love, faith, and bravery in a strange new world. I recommend it to any history buff who also loves fiction, as the author did a great job of blending the facts with the story. Also, I recommend reading the note to the reader at the end. The author provides a great amount of detail as to where her idea for the story came from, plus a whole lot more historical information.
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I read a lot of historical fiction, and I have not yet read a story in the 1600s set in Louisiana and that location in general attracted me as well as broadening my experience through the ages. I'm not familiar with Beth White, and I believed that this is her debut book in the historical markets that I roam around in filling my imagination with stories; however, I have since discovered that she does in fact have some Love Inspired Historicals as well as many contemporary novels published as Elizabeth White. After this novel, I definitely will be looking for the rest of the Gulf Coast Chronicles series as well as other stories to come from Beth White in the future. (According to Goodreads, there is more than one author by this name, so be aware of which one you're looking for.)
The first thing, this book, The Pelican Bride has going for it is cover beauty. The model chosen for the bride image has breathtaking eyes and the dress is so detailed with accessories that imagining it staying crisp and clean in the watery-muddy setting of the Louisiane is fascinating on it's own. While not a fast paced story, this is an intriguing and entertaining story that can make a reader really think about their opinions on the matters that our dear Genevieve Gallian faces as well as our hero Tristan Lanier. Like most books these days I have an opinion of how I want to have things end up for our characters, but so many things in this plot kept me interested and in full desire to turn the pages on-going. For a bit I was curious about the Alabaman Indian wife Niki and her tough situation wondering how she would fit in to the rest of the characters' world_ yet I kept trekking in the novel and enjoyed it as I did so. This is a lovely story on the cover and the page.
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