Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Pelican Bride: A Book Review

About The Book:

She's come to the New World to escape a perilous past. But has it followed her to these far shores?
It is 1704 when Frenchwoman Geneviève Gaillain and her sister board the frigate Pélican bound for the distant Louisiana colony. Both have promised to marry one of the rough men toiling in this strange new world in order to escape suffering in the old. Geneviève knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of persecution for her outlawed religious beliefs. 

When she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer-turned-farmer whose checkered past is shrouded in mystery, Geneviève realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. Trouble is brewing outside the fort between the French colonists and the native people surrounding them. And an even more sinister enemy may lurk within. Could the secret Geneviève harbors mean the undoing of the colony itself?

Gulf Coast native Beth White brings vividly to life the hot, sultry South in this luscious, layered tale.


You can read an excerpt of The Pelican Bride here, in PDF format. 

About The Author:

Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one--so far. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl. 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. Visit www.bethwhite.net for more information.

My Review:

The Pelican Bride is the first book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series from author Beth White and it was so amazing to read. From the very start, it is very apparent that the author did immense amounts of research in order to transport the reader back to 1704 French Colonies. The book's pace was decent, it was well-written and had fantastic characters. It was a delightful historical romance that I enjoyed greatly. There was romance, intrigue, mystery and mayhem enough to suffice all fans of this genre!

If you are a fan of Christian Historical Fiction, this book will definitely appeal to you. Book 2 is expected to be released in 2015.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Pelican Bride at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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