Monday, April 28, 2014

The Pelican Bride

Author: Beth White
Publisher: Revell
April 2014
ISBN: 978-0800721978
Genre: Historical

She’s come to the New World to escape a perilous past. But has it followed her to these far shores?

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.

Gulf Coast native Beth White brings vividly to life the hot, sultry south in this luscious, layered story of the lengths we must go to in order to be true to ourselves, our faith, and our deepest loves

THE PELICAN BRIDE is the first book in Ms. White's newest series, Gulf Coast Chronicles. It is engaging, easy to read, and interesting to learn about some of the struggles some of the Huguenots might have gone through as they came to the New World to escape persecution in both Europe and in Canada. The setting was rough, the ladies refined, and the men desperate. 

I was a bit confused at times as the point of view shifted to random characters who never appeared before. And I wondered how the author would tie it all together. At times it also caused skimming, which made me go back and reread, paying closer attention when I started getting lost. 

Discussion questions are included at the end of the book as are a letter from the author with more historical facts, and the first chapter in the second book in the series coming in 2015. 

THE PELICAN BRIDE is a fictional retelling of a real time in American history, and is as historically accurate as Ms. White could make it. Recommended for fans of historical fiction, the Huguenots, and those who plain out love to read real history books. Very well written--just not my favorite reading. $14.99. 368 pages. 3.5 stars.  

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