The Creole Princess by Beth White
Blog Tour April 8th – 15th
Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most iportant 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.
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 www.bethwhite.net.
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!