Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Book Review: The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White

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Title: The Magnolia Duchess

Author: Beth White

Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles #3

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


Fiona Lanier is the only woman in the tiny Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove. While her shipbuilding family races to fill the demand for American ships brought by the War of 1812, Fiona tries to rescue her brother who was forced into service by the British Navy.

Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover for six months, obtaining information vital to the planned British invasion of New Orleans. When a summer storm south of Mobile Bay wrecks his ship and scatters the crew, Charlie suffers a head injury, ultimately collapsing in the arms of a beautiful mermaid who seems eerily familiar. As Charlie's memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political loyalties begin to collide, they'll each have to decide where their true heart lies.

**3.5 stars**

The Magnolia Duchess is the third and final book in the "Gulf Coast Chronicles" by Beth White. For the most part, I quite enjoyed this light, fresh historical story, and gave it a 3.5 star rating.

As the War of 1812 goes on, Fiona Lanier struggles between loyalty to her brothers and country, and love for a secretive man who has stolen her heart. Passions are high, and danger and adventure abound ... Fiona, Charlie, Sehoy, and Maddie will have to search deep for the right thing to do in the tumultuous times that are upon them.

I love reading book set during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. America's early history is simply so fascinating! So for historical setting and happenings, The Magnolia Duchess was really enjoyable. It was interesting seeing from Fiona's, and her cousins, Sehoy's (a native American) and Maddie's (daughter of Lyse, from the second book in series) views. They all had interesting stories. And of course the charming and rather rougish Charlie Kincaid. The only thing was that we only got to dive briefly into each of their stories. I felt each character and situation wasn't explored real deeply. The romance came on kind of without warning, and similar things like that. However, that does make for a light, fast, and still enjoyable read. So if you're looking for that kind of relaxing read, do pick up the "Gulf Coast Chronicles" series!

Another note on the romance, there were quite a few passionate/slightly heated scenes. Beth White did a fairly good job of not giving too much detail; but you still did get the gist. I felt some of the characters were taking the physical side of their relationship way too fast and far with all their kissing. So that was definitely a downer of The Magnolia Duchess. I really prefer the romances I read about to be serious, deep, and cautious when it comes to the physical aspect. So yes. There's that warning.

But other than that, I did like this fast-paced tale. The moments of patriotism and love and loyalty for America were especially thrilling. The brief parts about faith were also touching and beautiful. And some parts of the three romances going on were rather sweet! So explore a bit of the War of 1812 through the eyes of a young woman who loves her horses, her country, and her traitorous man; living in the Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove.

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


  1. This sounds so good :) I love that period in history too. I'm Canadian but I find American history so interesting!

    1. It is an interesting series! :) Yes, such an intriguing time. American history is definitely amazing to read about!