The Creole Princess ( Gulf Coast Chronicles #2 )Beth White
All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British com... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Mar 3, 2015
- UPC: 9780800721985
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Apr 7, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0800721985
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- A Walk Back in Time by Erin S. on 5/30/2015
I have never read any of the books of Beth White before but now I know that I need to find the first book of this series and will be watching for the next book to be released.
I loved this book! It read quickly which is wonderful for me with all the kids wanting my attention and not leaving me a lot of time to read. I fell in love with Lyse and her Spanish don. I loved the interactions between the two and the history that was brought forth in this book. I am a history buff but haven't done a lot of research into the Revolutionary War in the Southern States.
I do know that there were Creoles or a mix of French and African with some Indian thrown in. This is a unique culture all it's own and the rest of the world didn't quite know what to think of them. I have fallen in love with this time period now and must do more research on them.
Lyse and Don Rafael form an unlikely team without knowing it. They have a bond that neither can deny. But will that bond be strong enough? When he rescues her from imprisonment as someone who will not declare her loyalty to the British throne, they go off as betrothed. He must leave again on his business and she stays with his family. But when they learn of her heritage, that her mother was a freed slave, will they accept her or send her away from the man she has finally realized she loves?
You're definitely going to want to read this book. But you might want to read the first book in the series first. I know I want to read it!
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are fully my own and not influenced in anyway.
- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 5/15/2015
The Revolutionary War is such a fascinating and pivotal point in our history. Most stories written about that time are usually located on the east coast among the original thirteen colonies. Beth White has once again written a story about a well-known time in history, the Revolutionary War period, but she chose to set it in Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans.
I must admit that I had no idea what was going on in this area during this portion of history. Beth tells the story of the time through the Lanier family. She first introduced us to them in The Pelican Bride. Now it is a few generations later and the story continues with the descendants of those that settled the area.
Not only does Beth give us a little history lesson but she adds in some touchy subjects as well. Slavery is prevalent but there is also an increase in the desire to free the slaves. The subject of mixed race parentage is a main tenant in the story. I found it very interesting to read about Lyse Lanier who is the daughter of a freed-slave mother and a french father. Her story is juxtaposed with her cousin Scarlet. Scarlet's mother is the sister to Lyse's mother. Scarlet is still a slave just as her mother was. Their two lives are so different even though they are from the same family and live in the same town.
And then there is the dashing Spaniard Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda. He is the reason that this book is classified as a Historical Romance. He is rico suave personified. But what you see is not all there is to this handsome spy. Lyse falls under his spell but is unsure if she can trust him. Discovering if she can makes this book a worthy read.
I can hardly wait for the third installment in the Gulf Coast Chronicles scheduled for Spring 201. It will be called The Duchess of Navy Cove and there is a teaser in the back of the book. The Lanier family saga continues and from what I read it looks to be another hit.
I received a copy of this novel to facilitate my review.
- Spies and romance in the sultry South! by J. Augustine on 4/15/2015
This book had a bit of a slow start and I began to wonder if it would wind up being the typical historical romance, heavy on the fluff and light on the history. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The Creole Princess took off in directions I never expected, directions that belie the pretty pink cover. Beth White's articulate portrayal of a little known period of American history is full of fascinating little details. I learned a lot in the 329 pages of The Creole Princess. Maybe I've just forgotten it from my history book reading days, but I had no idea that the Spanish helped so much in winning the Revolutionary War, and I also didn't know that there was an East Florida and a West Florida Colony who both sided with the British. Beth White has done her job as a historical fiction writer well. She tells an entertaining and informative story without sacrificing historical facts for today's super-sanitized approach. Well done!
A well-written tale from a historical perspective but The Creole Princess is also exciting, romantic, and the witty repartee between Lyse and Rafa is sure to delight readers. At times I began to wonder if the young couples in this story would be able to find their way through the intrigue and ravages of impending war to finally be together.
Looking for a great historical romance or love stories set in the South? Definitely give The Creole Princess, book 2 in Beth White's exciting Gulf Coast Chronicles a try!
(I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
- Spellbinding by Claudia on 4/11/2015
In April of 2014 I reviewed book one in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series. I am delighted to have the opportunity to review book two, The Creole Princess, in April of 2015. While characters from book one, Pelican Bride, are briefly referred to, this book tells the story of their descendents and is set in Mobile and New Orleans during the Revolutionary War. I had been previously unaware of two British colonies that remained loyal to the Crown – East Florida and West Florida. White focuses on Spain’s contribution to the success of the American War of Independence as she tells this story. Many of us may be less familiar with Spain’s alliance with the Americans that with France’s, creating additional interest in this historical romance. White’s research and attention to detail are clearly evident as she intertwines real and fictional characters in authentic and fictionalized events.
The Creole Princess tells the story of Lyse Lanier, daughter of a poor, drunken fisherman and granddaughter of a wealthy businessman whose family had settled in the Gulf Coast decades before. Lyse is being semi-officially courted by a young, red-headed soldier named Niall McLeod, and unofficially by a Spanish merchant, Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Rippardá. Don Rafael has a way of appearing and disappearing, leading Lyse to be uncertain about their future, and wondering if there is not more to him than meets the eye. Beyond providing her readers with an intriguing romance, White expands the freedom theme inherent in a story set during the Revolutionary War to include the issue of slavery. She does this by giving her heroine ancestors with French, Indian, and African roots. Lyse, born to a freed slave, gives much thought to the difference between her life and her cousin’s, the daughter of Lyse’s mother’s twin who had not been freed. As Don Rafael quizzes Lyse about her family, she laughing tells him he would need to see a family tree to follow the relationships. I agree with her and hope that Beth White will supply us with a Lanier family tree on her blog site.
Fans of Jane Kirkpatrick books will likely also enjoy White’s brand of historical fiction. Both authors tell engaging stories, mixing fact and fiction with historical accuracy. Both have well developed characters and use beautiful language to create vivid mental images to hold their readers spellbound. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing The Creole Princess for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
- Swept Away by the Tides of History, Romance, and Intrigue... by Babbling Becky L. on 4/11/2015
Beth White sweeps the reader away in this, her second novel of the Gulf Coast Chronicles. Lyse Lanier goes from dreaming about a life of excitement and a charming suitor to leading that very life, albeit fraught with danger, uncertainty, and political unrest in the early Revolutionary era.
I had to put down the book several times to participate in the real world, but the world of the Creole Princess always had me stealing away, hoping the best for Lyse, whose family heritage was both respected and despised. While the Lanier name meant wealth, Lyse's father's choices had cut the family off from that wealth and brought them to poverty. As Lyse befriends the daughter of the English major who controls the fort of Mobile, she meets Don Rafael, a Spanish trader whose dandified manners hide a quick wit and daring spy. Plots and subplots abound. Balls, Battles, and battle-axes all parade through the tome.
So many themes explored here. Historically, the idea that Spain played a major role in financing the American Revolution and fighting off the British in the Gulf Coast area. Emotionally, the idea of hanging onto that which is precious, believing it will return at the proper time and not giving up. Forgiving those that wrong you. Helping those less fortunate than you, made so only by circumstance of birth. Deciding to grow from hardships, rather than shrink and wilt. "...we are all buffeted by circumstances that can shape us into people of strength and character-- or make us bitter and vindictive." As for forgiveness, old Blackberry says to Scarlet,"I be God's bondslave, true enough, child. But that makes me free to love, can't nobody take that away. You a servant to hatred, and that's the bitterness slavery of all."
As the tides of history turn, who will be captured by the enemy, who will escape, and who will find freedom for both body and soul? This book can stand fine on its own, but I appreciated the history of book one, and book three cannot come soon enough!! Plus, if you love history, Ms. White includes an epilogue that details more of the history of the time.
- American Gulf Coast, Revolutionary War 1775-1783 by Kathleen E. on 4/9/2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Creole Princess by Beth White, © 2015
Gulf Coast Chronicles series, Book 2
American Gulf Coast, Revolutionary War 1775-1783
...A way of looking in his eyes and finding the man he wanted to be.
--The Creole Princess, 105
Such beautiful prose!!
The Creole Princess divides lines of color, accent, or caste designed to inhibit and separate those so beloved from each other. A story of acceptance and seeing with eyes of reality, surrounded by changing directions, as a stormy day turned to the bright inkling of sunshine reveals what really is. Obscured but for a moment against tempest of control among the shoreline, hidden from view, or supposed so. Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Rippardá has come to gather information, but instead, has found his own heart in tune with the waves and flowering scents amid the tall buildings overlooking the harboring ships unloading what has survived the plunder at sea. Who does he stand for, and who is behind the privateering? Could it be innocent fishing boats or those interacting political views, in hopes of commanding the vessels to prevent free trade supplies getting into the ports?
The least Don Rafael expected was to be swept up in the humanity of this little fishing village in the form of a young woman, Lyse Lanier. Totally knocked off kilter, his own timing is off as he ventures to see her once more. This is not at all what he expected, an innocence so guided in the middle of war and disparity within a family.
Lyse is refreshing. A hard worker helping her family, she has a sweet spirit and freedom to love those deemed both above and beneath her in society, for she sees them as they are. A peacemaker at peace.
Thinking him a scoundrel in the beginning, I have come to admire him. Rafael Gonzales has endeared himself amid chaos of generations of misunderstandings and pride. Presenting respect and gratitude, his upbringing is honoring.
This is a story all can learn by, coming away with an appreciation of the character and giving hearts so needed in any generation. I like the openness in which Lyse and Rafa are able to talk together. They part not knowing if they will see each other again. You want the best for each of them during the uncertainty of unsettled times.
***Thank you to Revell Reads Fiction for inviting me on this blog tour for Book 2 in the Gulf Coast Chronicles and sending me a copy of The Creole Princess by Beth White. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- Good read! Looking forward to book 3 by Vera on 4/8/2015
For someone who enjoys history to get their hands on a piece of historical fiction written by a "history nerd," you have indeed a pleasurable read. I read the first in the series, Pelican Brides, and The Creole Princess picks up a couple of generations later with the historical time frame that of the American Revolution.
Little known history of the Gulf Coast is brought to life as the story unfolds where the cities Mobile, New Orleans, and Pensacola have pivotal roles in the shaping of America's rich colonial history. Peopled by French, English, and Spanish each holding political views primarily those of their own countries, the characters develop into persons whose political alliances drift toward and align with the American Revolution.
Previous generations who settled in the Mobile area had intermarried with slaves and Indians and their children and grandchildren have the mixed blood that some simply don't tolerate well in free society. This impacts the life of female protagonist, Lyse, and of her family. While the strong class distinction of the Southern colonies and the institution of slavery were not present in this story, it was, never-the-less, a very real barrier.
The fictional characters interacting with real people from history (of course, I realize it is fictionalized) is good. I enjoyed learning more of American Revolutionary history as it took place along the Gulf Coast and it's impact on provisions and funding of the armies.
A good read and I'm looking forward to Beth White's third book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided complimentary copy by the publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
- I was hooked at the beginning of the first chapter! by Robin on 4/8/2015
Fast paced Christian Historical Romance starting in 1776 on the Gulf Coast, with the American Revolution and the struggle between the British, Spanish and Americans for the area. From the book's review: '...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.'
This book had me in the opening chapter, with 16 year old Lyse dancing on bare feet along the wharf with a crab bucket, face lifted, imagining herself in a ball gown and walking into a castle in high heeled slippers, orchestra playing, dancing with a duke. When a real-time creep breaks the dream, she pulls her knife from her bodice, drops the bucket and goes after him. And then proceeds to remove all the silver buttons from Rafa's waistcoat when he tries to assist. Their interaction throughout the book is such a pleasure to read, and you have to love them both.
There are secrets to Lyse's heritage which are revealed, and reactions to it from people in the society which she had been brought into. Also revealed is the personal struggle each character has with their family, friends, community and upbringing, and the new thoughts of the Revolution, that all men are created equal under God.
This is very well written and is sure to become a favorite. I know that I hated to see the book end, and would like to see what becomes of everyone as time goes on! I really didn't want to let go. And I didn't realize that it was book two in the series until after I'd read it - so it's not necessary to read book one in order to get this one. Great cover, beautifully done. Quotes from book: : "...brave and persistent and very clever. Those things she was determined to be, God willing." "She'd always prayed in time of crisis. And her life had been one crisis after the another. Surely there were calluses on her knees."
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker Publishing Group, Revell and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
- Historical Read by Maureen on 4/8/2015
The Creole Princess is book two of the Gulf Coast Chronicles, and a continuation of a legacy of strong woman. This book can be read without reading the first book, but The Pelican Bride is awesome.
We are at threshold of the American Revolution and with the descendants of Ginnie and her sister. These granddaughters are making a difference in their own way. Lyse is taking care of her family, and Scarlet, a slave, and yes they are cousins.
A page-turning look at the beginnings of our nation and the people that helped bring forth this great country. These are not regular Patriots we meet a totally new perspective of how things happened and who were the helpers.
This book has it all, and while we think we have things figured out and who is who, things are not always as we perceive. We have real patriots here who risk everything to help bring forth the change. We have some who are related with family on both sides. There is a bit of romance, and some terrible prejudice, when I wasn’t expecting it.
Once you open the covers the pages will begin flying and you won’t be disappointed, except in some people. Come and enjoy the story of those who gave it all for the American.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.