Author: Beth White
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Bethany House’s website description of The Creole Princess:
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?
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.
I had the pleasure of meeting Beth White at the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference last September (2014). This was before I’d read either of her books yet, so she was spared the fan-girling. 😉 But seriously, she was so kind to me and very genuine, so being able to read and review The Creole Princess is actually an honor and a very cool thing for me.
I love, love, love this book! Seriously, it’s on my top reads of 2015. Beth takes the reader to a little-known front of the American Revolution, specifically dealing with the French and Spanish involvement. I learned so much in this book and absolutely fell in love with the uniqueness of the setting.
Beth does an excellent job of pacing in this book. It pulled me along, and I could hardly put the book down. I honestly didn’t know what was going to happen next. However, the characters in this book are what truly shine. Each person is memorable, unique, and 3 dimensional. No cardboard characters here. The romance between Lyse and Rafael was so much fun to read, and you can check the ‘sigh-worthy’ star off your list as well for this one. 🙂
I can hardly wait for Beth’s next book. I honestly can’t rave about The Creole Princess enough. It was simply that good. So if you love the American Revolution time period, but want a different spin on it, then pick up The Creole Princess. This is one novel you won’t want to miss.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House’s website: Beth White’s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she is a pastor’s wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one–so far. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl. 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. Visit http://www.bethwhite.net for more information.
I was given a review copy of The Creole Princess from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.