08 April 2015

The Creole Princess by Beth White

About the Book
Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter – though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.

I hadn’t read any book by Beth White before, but The Creole Princess was absolutely, wonderfully delightful. Though it does span a number of years, with fairly large gaps in between events, this novel’s history within the intriguing storyline fascinated me as I read. I know a fair amount about the Revolutionary War, but much of the information White included regarding the events along the Gulf Coast were refreshingly new to me - and I greatly appreciated this perspective on a familiar period of time. Add to that fantastic, quirky characters of varying cultures and The Creole Princess is just an all-around great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it to fans of historical romance.

Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a copy of The Creole Princess and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
Beth White is the award-winning author of The Pelican Bride. A native Mississippian, she teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. 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 her website.

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