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The Magnolia Duchess #3, in the Gulf Coast Chronicles Series by Beth White

Fiona Lanier has her hands full.  Word has come that her brother has been captured by the British Navy.  Now she’s stumbled over an injured man washed up on the Gulf Coast shore.  Fiona immediately recognizes Charlie Kincaid…but he remembers nothing.  Has she lost both of these men forever?  Or will some miracle restore them to her?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721993
ISBN-13: 9780800721992
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles

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Fiona Lanier is the only woman in the tiny Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove. While her shipbuilding family races to fill the demand for American ships brought by the War of 1812, Fiona tries to rescue her brother who was forced into service by the British Navy.

Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover for six months, obtaining information vital to the planned British invasion of New Orleans. When a summer storm south of Mobile Bay wrecks his ship and scatters the crew, Charlie suffers a head injury, ultimately collapsing in the arms of a beautiful mermaid who seems eerily familiar. As Charlie's memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political loyalties begin to collide, they'll each have to decide where their true heart lies.

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Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. 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. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.

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  1. Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great blend of history and romance
    September 2, 2016
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Beth White has another winner with The Magnolia Duchess actually, the whole series is a winner with me. Each story is highly entertaining and can stand alone because of different generations being featured, but reading the series in order will provide the most fulfilling reading experience. Book #2, The Creole Princess, was my favorite by a slight edge and it was wonderful to see Rafa and Lyse again, still in love with one another after more than thirty years, eyes flirting, finishing one anothers sentences.

    Beth brings the early American Gulf Coast setting to life with a knowledge and passion about this area that I found fascinating. I mean, who knew that the Pensacola/Mobile/New Orleans area had such a tumultuous past with English, French and Spanish involvement in the fight for control? Add Indian tribes and pirates to the mix and things get even crazier. The Magnolia Duchess is a perfect blend of wartime themes and personal stories, with the essential military elements never becoming overpowering.

    Romance fans will certainly be pleased with not one, but three exciting relationships. Great chemistry between Charlie and Fiona! Charlies sudden arrival had yanked aside the curtain of time, flung open the window, and all but blinded Fiona. Rafa and Lyses daughter, Maddy, and Desi, General Jacksons interpreter, are strong secondary characters. Their romance is one of my favorite parts.

    As I think back over this story, the words freedom and patriotism come to mind. Theres an emotional complexity involved because it was a time in which loyalties were divided, and hearts struggled with the conflict over duty vs. feelings.

    Could one really go to sleep as a Briton and awaken as an American? How to settle the conflict between responsibility and treason? (Charlie)

    I loved how Charlie grew spiritually, but there was something especially moving in seeing things afresh through Charlies eyes, things we sometimes take for granted. . . A commissioned officer in His Majestys service gradually coming to understand the value America placed on freedom, and that Americans wouldnt give up.

    Recommended to all who enjoy historical romance.

    Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good read
    June 30, 2016
    CozyWriter'sDen
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book gets better with every chapter. It started off a bit slow and it took me some time to get invested in the characters and absorbed into the story. However, stick with this book, it really does get very good! By the end, I was sorry to say goodbye to the characters and was left wishing that there was a little bit more to the story.

    This was a very satisfying read. While it was a predictable happily ever-after for the two love-birds, their journey to that place was a lot rougher than one would expect! Magnolia Duchess had a lot more suspense and twists than I anticipated.

    In addition, I really appreciated how the author did her homework and used the real-life drama of the tense political landscape of 1812 to add a gripping edge to her romance novel. The fighting between the British and the Americans was very tense, and for a while, it felt impossible for Charlie and Fiona to find their way back to each other. Separate by a line of red and blue coats and equally trapped on their respective sides, these two find themselves in some very dicey situations during the final confrontations of 1812. It makes for a great read!

    A great summer romance to take with you to the beach.

    Thank-you so much to Graf Martin Communications for a copy of this book!

    "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Read!
    June 6, 2016
    Kate
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Beth White's third book in her Gulf Coast Chronicles provided an entertaining read that further shared the story of the Lanier family. To my delight, characters in previous books appeared, and I was able to discover more about this intricate and diverse family. I also appreciated the variety of characters, and White did an excellent job of weaving together their multiple stories to make the plot and message of faith come alive.

    As in each of the previous books, this one also featured a specific historical event - the War of 1812. I really enjoyed learning more about this time period as it is often overlooked in other books in lieu of more popular wars and situations.

    I do recommend reading the previous two books before delving into this one, as the character and plot context will make much more sense. However, this book has much to offer, and I great enjoyed the character development and suspenseful storyline.

    I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Don't Miss This One!
    June 1, 2016
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beth Whites books are unique in the inspirational romance market. Her setting and time period, characters, and romance are all something quite different from what a reader might expect but wonderful nevertheless. And from the opening line, I found myself drawn into the book and the plight of the main characters.

    The setting is the first thing a reader will notice. As the series title indicates, The Gulf Coast Chronicles is primarily set in this location. Most of the action takes place in Mobile and Navy Cove, though at the end we find our characters immersed in the action around New Orleans. The time period is the War of 1812I havent read many stories that take place during that conflict.

    Setting a book during a war automatically sets up some tension, but when one of the main characters is a citizen from the opposing nation, things get a little more intense still. Add in some amnesia and we arent sure what to believe for a good portion of the noveljust like the characters.

    One of the things that I really love about this book is the gray area that is set up: who is right in this conflict? In war, there are no easy answers, and White doesnt try to supply them, either. Each character must decide for him or herself who has the right of it. And once theyve made that decision, they have to determine how to act with honor given those convictionswhether it leads to the fulfillment of what they want personally or not.

    Fiona is an unusual heroine, perhaps due to being raised around a group of male relatives for much of her life. Her gift with horses is fascinating, as is her brother and uncles appreciation for her work even as they try to both protect and dictate to her in other areas of her life. It seems to me a very realistic portrait of how family doesnt always make sense, but it is still family. While its members may disagree among themselves, outsiders had best not cross one member unless they are ready to deal with the group as a whole.

    Charlie made me feel many of the same things that Fiona didmostly because he is a complex character himself. I understood her desire to trust him at the same time she feared what he may be up to; I could relate to her hopelessness that they were on opposite sides of a conflict neither could control. And interestingly enough, I could relate to him as well, especially his desire to do right and what he sees as his duty. He honors his commitments, even when it comes at a personal costa noble and brave man.

    For romance fans, this novel has several packed into its pages. Each one has its own feel to it, based on the characters involved; while Fiona and Charlies is central, the other two are not relegated to the background. Each one develops at its own pace and they all have points in the novel devoted to a sweet payoff that fits for each couple.

    This is a complex and well-told tale. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy an impeccably researched novel in a unique setting with strong characters, both male and female. It is a thinking book, though, not a beach read, but for lovers of history and sweet romance against impossible odds, it should not be missed.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not her best book, but still good
    May 27, 2016
    love2read
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Beth White, the author of this series, writes another story centered around young woman named Fiona. Fiona lives during the time of the war of 1812 and has a brother who is a prisoner of war. She comes upon a sailor who is washed up on the shore and this is where the story begins. Fiona is a brave and independent woman who takes care of the men in her family. Her love for her brothers was easy to resonate with and her drive to protect them made me feel like we were similar. I enjoyed many aspects of the book, one of which was the focus on the war. I like books that center around battles and Charlie's role in the Navy intrigued me. The setting is unique and I loved the New French setting. Fiona was a good heroine and I enjoyed reading her story. The romance between Fiona and Charlie was good for the most parts and I only would have changed a couple things, one of which was the timing of how their relationship progressed. While this wasn't my favorite book of the series, I still enjoyed it. (SIDE NOTE: love love love the side character of Desi. So good!) 4 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
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