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).
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.
A wonderful tale amidst a great historical setting
May 16, 2014
The Pelican Bride by Beth White is about two sisters that board the Pelican in France to take them to a strange distant colony named Louisiana. Both have promised to marry one of the men in this new land to escape the old. Genevieve knows it won't be easy, but compared to what she faced in France surely it must be better. Surely here she can be free from the religious persecution she has endured, and she can take care of the needs of her young sister. Amazingly, she does not just need to marry...she has fallen in love. So many secrets are hidden, what will happen to her and the colony when they all are secrets no more?
This book gets four stars from me because of the amazing history that is presented here. This is a rare time in history to pick for a book, but even more than that it is a rare place in the early 1700's. The sisters characters are well written and I fell in love with Genevieve. However, a few incidents that occur seem totally out of character making one wonder if she can really be known, and putting a deeper knowledge into her character. Her younger sister is naive and annoying, but that is her job in this book. One sees her change and mature, however.
I did find myself skimming a few times through the book where the plot seems to drag a little. However, for those who love historical fiction, that can so easily be overlooked as one can enjoy the well written story as well as the many historical facts and details that are contained in this read. If you love history, I highly recommend this book. I love that the author chose a unique time and place for the setting , it is that which makes me give this book no less than four stars. It is a great and wonderful love story with danger and intrigue, but to read a book AND learn so much is a wonderful treat for fans of history like me. I find myself eagerly awaiting a sequel!
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What a wonderful story! I reserve the full 5 stars for only those books which "stay in your memorybank". This is one of those books! I loved it! I enjoy books that focus on some period of history, and this book did, exactly that. It caused me to think a lot about the relations that man and indian were forced to face, as each sought to live on the same land. Human nature, being what it is, we see that there is good and bad in all people, and feelings against the bad, do not preclude you from falling in love with the good. Depictions of the events were not far-fetched, but, intriguing, which lead to reading this book faster than most. I sometimes, have trouble keeping up with all the different characters of some stories, but, this book, allowed me to learn the characters' personalities before introducing me to complicated storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
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This is the first book I have read by Beth White and I really enjoyed the story. It is based on real historical facts and well written fictional characters. I love historical fiction and this one did not disappoint me. Religious persecution, suspense, danger, greed, secrets, betrayal, some humor, conflicts and friendships with the Native Americans, romance and love are all woven into this adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns that bring you to a great ending. Can't wait to read the next book in this series.
In 1704 Genevieve Gaillain, a French Protestant and fugitive, flees France with her sister Aimee. They cross the ocean on the frigate Pelican headed for Mobile Bay and on to the Louisiana Colony at Ft. Louis. Hoping for a new start in the New World they have agreed along with the other French women who have traveled there with them, to marry the Canadian men who have settled in the colony. They meet Tristan Lanier and his brother Marc-Antoine as soon as they exit the Pelican. Tristan who is still struggling with grief and anger does not want to get married but he and Genevieve are drawn to each other. Marc-Antoine is a soldier. Aimee is a immature and spoiled girl. I enjoyed reading how Tristan and Genevieve's relationship grew, how Aimee changed and the road Marc-Antoine's life took and who the bad guy was. So much to read about in this story.
I recommend this book.
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