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Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles
The Pelican Bride, Gulf Coast Chronicles Series #1Beth WhiteRevell / 2014 / Trade Paperback$8.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 43 Reviews
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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.
Sandra Burson4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable and Interesting Historical Romance NovelMarch 12, 2016Sandra BursonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I am so glad that I discovered Beth White. Although the Creole Princess is the second book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles, I mistakingly read it first. The Pelican Bride, book one, takes place many years before. Both books though are definitely stand alone books. If you are anything like me, you find a great author and you want to read everything that author has written. I find her books draw me in, her characters are believable and the settings and history lessons she weaves throughout the book are most enjoyable.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMMay 15, 2015FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The 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.
Sparrowhawk3 Stars Out Of 5It 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, 2015SparrowhawkQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3The 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
MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Review: The Creole PrincessApril 23, 2015MardellSpokane WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting HistoryApril 18, 2015ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The 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.
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