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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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Publication Date: 2016
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles
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.
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Magnolia DuchessJanuary 8, 2018Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5THE MAGNOLIA DUCHESS is a brilliantly written story set in 1812. This is a time period I don't read much about, and to be honest, I don't know much about this war. Fiona is raising horses for sale, they are highly trained and valued by the military. While upset about something, Fiona goes for a ride by the sea and finds a body washed up on shore . The man is drowned, but she remembers a brother mentioning something about CPR and she did what she remembered him saying and saved the man's life. Then she realizes she's known the man since she was eleven... But he (at that time) was British and an enemy. What to do?
Charlie has no memory of where he came from or how he ended up washing up on shore, nor does he remember the woman who rescued him. He is welcomed into her home and treated as family, but Fiona refuses to tell anyone he is British and panics when a cousin comes to visit who also knew Charlie.
I absolutely LOVED Charlie and Fiona and Ms. White's story is powerfully written. Fiona's secret exploded and things got totally out of hand, and while the mess was still a big mess, there are three romances, a war, attacks, a precious little boy, and of course, nonstop action.
There is a strong faith message (though she was off base about Lazarus laying in the tomb, alive, scared and waiting for Jesus to come save him--the Bible says he was dead and Jesus raised him from the dead) but that is my only issue with this book. I absolutely LOVED it.
THE MAGNOLIA DUCHESS is book three in the series, but it stands alone. I did read The Pelican Bride (review here http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-pelican-bride.html) but didn't remember it. I did not read The Creole Princess, but I wasn't lost. The books are The Pelican Bride, The Creole Princess, and THE MAGNOLIA DUCHESS.
An excellent story.
I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great`July 21, 2017oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Every book Ive read by Roseanna White has been wonderful. You'll see how much research she does for one book. I'm amazed. This is a heart-gripping story of how some of the unloved people of the world band together to form a family. They aren't exactly honest so can they reform. Rosemary finds herself in a dangerous position when she poses as something that she isn't to gain access to a secret paper. Her boss, Peter is from German heritage but he is an American citizen, he needs to prove it. A delightful story of a somewhat recluse and a street urchin thief pushed together daily. Will they come together as a team or try to beat the other to the document.
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great blend of history and romanceSeptember 2, 2016Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Beth 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.
CozyWriter'sDen4 Stars Out Of 5A good readJune 30, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
Kate4 Stars Out Of 5Good Read!June 6, 2016KateQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Beth 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.