I received this product free from Revell Reads for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.The Pelican Bride by Beth White
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles #1
Also in this series: The Creole Princess
Also by this author: The Creole Princess
Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Published by Revell Books on April 15th, 2014
Source: Revell Reads
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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.
*This post has been updated on April 15, 2015 with my new format!
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
I read a lot of historical fiction, and I have not yet read a story in the 1600s set in Louisiana and that location in general attracted me as well as broadening my experience through the ages. I’m not familiar with Beth White, and I believed that this is her debut book in the historical markets that I roam around in filling my imagination with stories; however, I have since discovered that she does in fact have some Love Inspired Historicals as well as many contemporary novels published as Elizabeth White. After this novel, I definitely will be looking for the rest of the Gulf Coast Chronicles series as well as other stories to come from Beth White in the future. (According to Goodreads, there is more than one author by this name, so be aware of which one you’re looking for.)
The first thing, this book, The Pelican Bride has going for it is cover beauty. The model chosen for the bride image has breathtaking eyes and the dress is so detailed with accessories that imagining it staying crisp and clean in the watery-muddy setting of the Louisiane is fascinating on it’s own. While not a fast paced story, this is an intriguing and entertaining story that can make a reader really think about their opinions on the matters that our dear Genevieve Gallian faces as well as our hero Tristan Lanier. Like most books these days I have an opinion of how I want to have things end up for our characters, but so many things in this plot kept me interested and in full desire to turn the pages on-going. For a bit I was curious about the Alabaman Indian wife Niki and her tough situation wondering how she would fit in to the rest of the characters’ world… yet I kept trekking in the novel and enjoyed it as I did so. This is a lovely story on the cover and the page.
“Fresh as a gulf breeze, The Pélican Bride is the perfect pairing of history and romance. Finely tuned characters and a setting second to none make this a remarkable, memorable story. Beth White’s foray into colonial Louisiana is historical romance of the highest quality.”
Laura Frantz, author of Love’s Reckoning and Love’s Awakening
“Not your usual setting, not your usual historical romance–The Pélican Bride breaks new ground in the historical genre. Choosing to write a story set in the French colony that became Mobile, Alabama, draws the reader into a new and exciting period. I fell in love with Tristan Lanier just as Geneviève Gaillain did. Who can resist a kind but fearless heroine and a hero who refuses to be molded to fit what others think is right–when he knows what is right and will do it? A winning beginning to a new historical series.”
Lyn Cote, author of The Wilderness Brides series