Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Review: The Creole Princess by Beth White

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Title: The Creole Princess

Author: Beth White

Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles #2

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


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 commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie - and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

With spectacular detail that brings the Colonial South alive, Beth White invites readers into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known side of the American Revolutionary War. Her richly textured settings and characters delight while fast pacing and closely held secrets will keep readers turning the pages.

**3.5 stars**

I'm glad I discovered author Beth White and her stories! Although The Creole Princess wasn't quite a favorite, there's just something about the writing, the Revolutionary War era, the characters, that makes me excited to read more by Beth White!

Unrest is brewing in the colonies. Unrest that threatens to change young Lysette's, a poor girl with African blood running through her veins, life drastically. As traitorous books, a handsome peacock of a Spanish merchant, and her brother's mysterious doings flood Lyse with troubles, she learns about faith and freedom ... and love.

So I have to say that I just love the Revolutionary War era! I'm always really excited when I find Christian books set during that time, so you can imagine my delight when I looked upon the absolutely gorgeous cover of this book and learned that it was set in the midst of the start of the War for Independence! That's one reason I'm excited to read more by this author ... for stories of America's early history! The Creole Princess was definitely interesting in that aspect.

I enjoyed Lyse, Daisy, Rafael, Simon, Scarlet, and all the other characters. Though some made me mad. Like Daisy's father. And Rafael's mother. Oh, and the insufferable "Harpy"! Also, Lysette's solider admirer got on my nerves a bit. But they all served to make the story richer.

I ended up quite adoring Rafael and Lyse's relationship, and wish they could have had more time together in the book! More special moments. Sweet times. Humorous conversations. They're so cute together.

The faith aspect of The Creole Princess was pretty deep and satisfying. I appreciated it a lot!

There was some kissing. The romance was sweet overall, but a bit on the rakish side. Not sure exactly what to think of that quite yet; but it was cute love story all in all! And touching in the end. I would recommend perhaps 17 and up.

My complaint would be, I suppose, that The Creole Princess felt too hurried at points. I wanted more of the story! I wanted to know the characters better. I wanted to explore various situations that didn't get enough time. The beginning was just luscious, but then I felt that the end-ish was kind of rushed. A bit abrupt scenes. Not enough in-depth. So yes ... I definitely felt like I could have gotten to know Lyse and especially Rafael better.

All in all, The Creole Princess was a lovely story to match this beautiful, pink-ish cover! ^_^ Revolutionary War. Charming Spanish gentleman. Sweet Creole girl. Rebels. High stakes. Liberty. Love. Don't miss this intriguing historical. I can't wait to read its prequel, The Pelican Bride, and the third book in this series!

I received a copy of The Creole Princess from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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