My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Not your usual setting, not your usual historical romance–The Pelican Bride breaks new ground in the historical genre. Choosing to write a story set in the French colony that became Mobile, Alabama, draws the reader into a new and exciting period.
I fell in love with Tristan Lanier just as Genevieve Gallain did. Who can resist a kind but fearless heroine and a hero who refuses to be molded to fit what others think is right–when he knows what is right and will do it? A winning beginning to a new historical series.
It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won’t be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.
BIO: BETH WHITE
is a native Southerner, born on the Gulf Coast and reared in northwest Mississippi. With undergraduate degrees in music and English education, plus a Masters in Creative Writing, she has spent the last thirty years teaching fine arts to preschoolers through college students. Besides performing professionally as a singer and flutist, in the last thirteen years she has published (as Elizabeth White) four novellas and ten full-length novels with such publishers as Tyndale House, Zondervan, and Love Inspired.
Beth’s current and most ambitious writing project to date is the culmination of a decade’s research into the cultural, political and religious development of the American Gulf Coast. A lifelong passion for stories which chronicle the innate human drive for romance, faith, and adventure began when she was still a child. Her favorite books—Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series, westerns by Max Brand and Zane Grey, Samuel Shellabarger’s epics, and Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances—fed a growing desire to write a large-scale family adventure that would tie together six to eight novels in historical continuity, while at the same time provide a satisfying conclusion for each book. The Pelican Bride launches “The Gulf Coast Chronicles” with the adventures of a ship full of French mail order brides.
Beth and her husband Scott have two married adult children and one grandchild. Beth teaches piano and chorus at an urban high school in Mobile, Alabama, an occupation which will undoubtedly one day become a story thread in a novel.
So that’s my review and I’m offering my copy of THE PELICAN BRIDE. QUESTION: What is your favorite setting for a historical romance? Enter a comment to be included in the drawing.–Lyn