Author: Beth White
Paperback: 352 pages
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles (Book 2)
Publisher: Revell (April 7, 2015)
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?
What critics are saying about the Gulf Coast Chronicles:
“Duplicity, danger, political intrigue, and adventure.”–Booklist on The Pelican Bride
“New France comes alive thanks to intricate detail.”–Publishers Weekly review of The Pelican Bride
“The brutal New World [is] captured with distinct detail in this fast-paced romantic adventure.”–RT Book Reviews on The Pelican Bride
Meet 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.
I do not recall ever hearing anything about the significant or sneaky role Spain played in the American Revolution. But, this is why I love historical novels! The author does a great job of tying in the racial complexities that had already developed over seventy-five years of colonization, along with the prejudices that arose with it. This novel doesn’t take place over a short period of time, but over several years. In spite of all the time that passes, the story does not move too quickly or too slowly – it is well paced. The book also shifts points of view between four very different characters; Scarlet, a slave. Lyse, the responsible daughter of a drunken fisherman. Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de a merchant who is not all of what he seems on the outside. And Daisy, best friend to Lyse and the daughter Major Redmon of fort Mobile. This is a fantastic read and you should add it to your list of, “what to read next.”
I received this book free from the publisher through the Revell book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.