Lyn Reviews Beth White’s The Pelican Bride & Giveaway

The Pelican Bride (Gulf Coast Chronicles, #1)The Pelican Bride by Beth White

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.

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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.


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


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15 Responses to Lyn Reviews Beth White’s The Pelican Bride & Giveaway

  1. June Hickenlooper says:

    Sounds like an awesome book! I enjoy all historical time periods. I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read by Beth White under the Elizabeth White name. Thanks for sharing this, Lyn!

    • Beth White says:

      June! You found me! haha! I wondered if my Elizabeth White readers would figure out my little name-shift. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Janis Kay says:

    I really love western, war, and regency (or Jane Austen period) settings. I love your review and it makes me want to read the book right now lol:) Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

    • Beth White says:

      Hi, Janis,

      Another western fan, I see. I may have to write one of those one day. Best wishes for the contest!


      • Janis Kay says:

        Heehee>< I kind of am a sucker for cowboys… I'm sure you'd write a great western:) I also read a fair bit of YA and whatever else strikes my fancy, but I guess it's that romanticized thing/stereotype -whatever you call it- about valiant midwesterners lol. Maybe it's the fact that they had to really band together, or rely on themselves, to survive? It's also interesting how they upheld the law as well. Anyway, since I read so many, your book will be a welcome diversion:)

  3. Jennifer Tipton says:

    I like the Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice time period!
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

    • Beth White says:

      Hi, Jennifer! I am a HUGE Regency fan, too. Of course I’ve read all the Austen books, but my friend Sheri Cobb South does about as good a job as a modern author can do with the genre. You should check out her classic The Weaver Takes a Wife. You’ll love it!


  4. bn100 says:

    Nice review; don’t really care about setting

    • Beth White says:

      H there! Best wishes for the contest. Here’s hoping you’ll really enjoy the southern setting of Pelican Bride!


  5. Paula Osborne says:

    Hello Ladies, I have not read this author but this sounds like a wonderful story and did not know much about La. This period seems very interesting. thanks for sharing Lyn.

    • Beth White says:

      Hello, Paula! Thanks for stopping by. The blurb of Pelican Bride makes it sound like the setting is Louisiana—which is what the colony was called in 1704—but it’s present-day Mobile, Alabama. It was a really interesting period of history. Hope you’ll like the book!


  6. Sonja says:

    Great review. It makes me want to read it right away! I am not sure that I have a favorite setting, although Europe holds a sweet spot for me, especially Poland, where lots of history was made.

    • Beth White says:

      Hi there, Sonja! I have read a few European historicals that I really enjoyed. Samuel Shellabarger is one of my favorite authors, and I loved his Prince of Foxes. Best wishes for the contest—thanks for stopping by!


  7. Heidi says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the giveaway! My favorite historical romance setting is the old West- I think I’ve been influenced by reading my dad’s Louis L’Amour paperbacks as a teenager 🙂

    • Beth White says:

      Hi, Heidi! I’m a HUGE fan of westerns! I read Max Brand and Zane Grey as a teenager. Best wishes for the contest!