The Magnolia Duchess

51ri8vEvWqL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Book Review: The Magnolia Duchess

Author: Beth White

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Revell’s description of The Magnolia Duchess:

As the War of 1812 rages across the newly formed United States, another war rages in Fiona Lanier’s heart–one that threatens to tear her family apart.

Fiona can scarcely take in the news of her brother’s capture and imprisonment by the British Navy. It is almost as unbelievable as the half-drowned British sailor who is washed ashore on the beach of Navy Cove.

Charlie Kincaid claims to have no memory of his life before being discovered by Fiona, but in a world that seems saturated with treachery, she cannot be sure he is telling the truth.

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 allegiances collide, they’ll each have to decide where their true loyalty lies.


            I’ve been reading a lot of books lately with ‘Duchess’ in the title by people with the last name of ‘White’. J It hasn’t taken me long to realize that Beth is an author to keep an eye on if you love historical romances. The story, setting, and characters are always fabulous, but even the way she puts down words is a joy to read.

While The Magnolia Duchess didn’t suck me in quite as much as The Creole Princess, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. Both Fiona and Charlie are unique, stubborn, loyal characters. Fiona is impulsive, but intelligent, not the baby her family believes she is. Charlie is loyal to a fault, but compassionate. I loved how Beth chose a different route than maybe I would have taken, keeping Charlie loyal to his duty to the core. I could only admire him for that, even though it was frustrating as all get out!

I love history, and this book is packed full of it. It’s set during the war of 1812, and has many colorful real-life people on the scene. As far as wars in our nation’s history, I am least familiar with the war of 1812, so it was very interesting for me to read about that. I guarantee, you will learn something when you read this book.

I can’t wait to see what Beth has next.

About the Author

Biography from Revell’s website: Beth White’s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. 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

I was given a review copy of The Magnolia Duchess from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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