The Creole Princess: A Novel

The Creole Princess: A Novel

by Beth White


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ISBN-13: 9780800721985
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 675,608
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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. The author of The Pelican Bride, 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 for more information.

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HistoryGirl 4 months ago
"The Creole Princess" by Beth White is the second book in a three-part series known as the Gulf Coast Chronicles. This spectacular novel takes the reader on a journey to the prominent southern ports of Mobile and New Orleans during the American Revolution. Throughout the course of the war, Lyse Lanier, a fiercely independent and loyal Frenchwoman, is thrust into a complicated world filled with espionage and danger. In order to survive, Lyse must decide whether she is a loyalist or a rebel and how far she is willing to go to ensure the successful outcome of the war. Rafael Gonzalez, a charismatic Spanish merchant, becomes captivated by Lyse from the moment he first meets her. However, his clandestine duties keep pulling him away from the creole beauty. Will their love be able to endure the turbulent events of the revolution? Once again, Beth White has outdone herself by writing a captivating novel filled with unexpected twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat! My favorite parts of the novel are by far Lyse and Rafael’s playful and romantic interactions that made my heart skip a beat. I love how strong and courageous these characters are with Lyse’s faith and Rafael’s selflessness being their most inspiring attributes! In addition, White’s attention to detail seamlessly immerses the reader into the historic setting. White’s thorough research of the place and era shined through each page, and I have unwittingly learned a great deal about Mobile and New Orleans’ impact on the war. Finally, I love how Beth White created a wide range of characters that represent the varied perspectives of the people who lived in Mobile and New Orleans during this time from the British and the French to the Spanish and the African slaves. I highly recommend this novel! I cannot wait to learn more about these characters and their legacy in "The Magnolia Duchess," the third and final novel in the Gulf Coast Chronicles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great period in American history to read about. What Wonderful character development. Looking forward to reading all in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well wriiten historical fiction of little known Southern historical fact!
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Creole Princess is the second book in Beth White’s Gulf Coast Chronicles series, coming after The Pelican Bride. I really, really enjoyed the first novel in the series, so I was super excited to be able to read this one. Fortunately, I was not disappointed, as I’m pretty sure I loved this book even more than the previous one. There were so many wonderful elements to this story—it caught my attention from page one and it was practically physically painful for me to put the book down—and Lyse and Rafael’s love story was one of the greatest I have ever read. On top of that though, there were other stories, other elements, that made this book all that much more intriguing. There was the British commander and his daughter Daisy, who was also Lyse’s best friend, and Simon, Lyse’s brother, Scarlet—Lyse’s cousin—and then of course Rafael and Lyse herself. The spies, the approaching war, the act of choosing sides between the Americans and the British, all of it combined to make this a story that was both captivating and unpredictable, and that I still cannot stop thinking about. One of my favorite aspects of this novel, however, was the way it really made me think. Lyse’s stance on slavery and freedom mirror my own extremely closely, but I can’t help but wish things could have been that simple at the beginning of the Revolution. In any case, I couldn’t help but wishing that others had seen things the way she and Daisy had way back when our country was beginning, as that could have made so many issues so much easier. Reading about their opinions on such big subjects definitely helped to reinforce my stance, and I just really enjoyed that for once the heroines were true heroines and weren’t just full of fluff and “unable to grasp” such serious matters. All in all, I found this book to be another reason why I am a very big fan of Beth and her talent for writing, and I absolutely cannot wait to finally get to finish out the series! This book well deserves all five bookshelves, as well as a place on my all-time favorites list. I highly recommend it for the wonderful gem that it is, and hope to read even more of Beth’s novels in the future. (This review is from my blog,
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
I think this is a very well-written and well-researched book but it just did not hold my interest or captivate me as I like a book to do.  I do not think there was anything wrong with the book or the mechanics of writing.  It just wasn't exactly my "cup of tea".   The cover is absolutely lovely.   I did feel great compassion and sympathy for Lyse and the slaves or former slaves in the book.   The despicable treatment the dear folks received and put up with on a daily basis is just unthinkable.   To think of dear Sara being sold away from her "husband"....even though the slaves were not allowed actual legal marriages was particularly painful.  I simply cannot imagine other humans doing something so horrible to people just for spite as in Sara's case.    I rate this book 3.5 stars and do recommend it as I'm sure many readers will thoroughly enjoy it. I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
A Stunning Romance With an Interesting Historical Backdrop While we have all heard, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” I will be the first to admit that I do that quite often.  Something has to snag my attention, getting me to pick a book up in the store or stop browsing the catalog long enough to read the back cover synopsis.  From that point, I usually will judge the book based on what it is about, but that first impression is crucial.  It was, in fact, what led me to pick up this novel about a location I know virtually nothing about, taking place in a time period that is often written about, but focused on England or the rebellious colonies that would form a new nation.  The cover drew me in, the synopsis sealed the interest, and the writer blew me away! The writing in this novel is outstanding; the prose is wonderful and evocative.  For the vast majority of this novel, things flow nicely with a balance of prose and dialogue.  The only hiccup occurs in the last third or so of the book, where the ending feels a bit choppy.  Strangely enough, this is more of a historical problem than a writing one.  The author is trying to keep to a timeline of real events that played out in history—for that reason, there are necessary gaps in time, which the author addresses by placing dates at the beginning of sections.  While the dates helped, it was frustrating at times for me because I wanted the timeline to collapse a bit and for things to flow more evenly.  In this particular instance, history interfered with the storytelling.  The reverse of this is also, true, however: the timeline helps propel the action by eclipsing large gaps of time where nothing happens. For a historical time period that I am somewhat familiar with, I was stunned by how much I really didn’t know, especially outside of the thirteen colonies that I always read about in school.  White has done a lot of research really educates the reader without allowing the novel to turn into a history lesson.   For those history nerds like me, who want to know more, she shares some additional details with us at the end of the novel.  She helps us better understand the context, the principal actors in the real conflict, and the political machinations of the time.  I found this very helpful and interesting, but the action remained brisk by placing it at the end.   The primary characters are very well developed with complex backgrounds and motivations revealed a little at a time.  The family history (detailed in White’s first book) is explained enough so that readers, like myself, who missed that first novel, will not be lost in how it relates to this book.  The different backgrounds of the main characters (and secondary ones, too) are starkly delineated in terms of dress, station, and living conditions.  One of my favorite word pictures painted a vivid divide between heroine and hero, comparing him to “a peacock holding court in a chicken coop.”  There was no way to mistake the clash of poverty and opulence after that description. This is one of the best romances I have read in a while.  The interaction between the hero and heroine is fantastic and even though some scenes were necessary for them to be apart to help propel the story, the best parts of this novel are the passages where Lyse and Rafa are literally on the same page.  Once the romance really starts developing, the swoon factor is off the charts and I found myself anticipating their next meeting as much as they did!  Not only was their romance wonderful, but that relationship made them both desire to be a better person for the sake of the other. The spiritual content is woven into the characters’ lives, some stronger than others, and the strongest often gain power from the ones who have gone before.  I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of spiritual ebb and flow, of becoming more resilient as a result of various trials that make who we become in the future.   There is also a strong component of forgiveness in the latter part of the novel, of giving relief to those who have materially wounded us simply because that is what Jesus would have done. At another point in the novel, one character is shown favor, not because of anything she has done, but on the power that another person’s name commands.  It is a subtle but powerful reference to what Christ does for believers: once we are His, we have a special position within the kingdom that is not a result of ourselves or anything we can do. The only content that could potentially be objectionable are the racial prejudices found during the time period, but I really appreciated how the author juxtaposed the prejudice against the very forward thinking opinions of our main characters.  She shows how not everyone felt that way, but had to still function in the society in which they lived, even while trying to change that society. While history buffs will find much to enjoy here, this book will appeal especially to romance readers, who will by no means be disappointed.   This novel has found a place on my keeper shelf, and other copies will find their way into the hands of my family and friends.  Yes.  It is that good. This review originally appeared at The Christian Manifesto, where I received an advanced copy in exchange for this honest review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
The Revolutionary War is such a fascinating and pivotal point in our history. Most stories written about that time are usually located on the east coast among the original thirteen colonies. Beth White has once again written a story about a well-known time in history, the Revolutionary War period, but she chose to set it in Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans. I must admit that I had no idea what was going on in this area during this portion of history. Beth tells the story of the time through the Lanier family. She first introduced us to them in The Pelican Bride. Now it is a few generations later and the story continues with the descendants of those that settled the area. Not only does Beth give us a little history lesson but she adds in some touchy subjects as well. Slavery is prevalent but there is also an increase in the desire to free the slaves. The subject of mixed race parentage is a main tenant in the story. I found it very interesting to read about Lyse Lanier who is the daughter of a freed-slave mother and a french father. Her story is juxtaposed with her cousin Scarlet. Scarlet's mother is the sister to Lyse's mother. Scarlet is still a slave just as her mother was. Their two lives are so different even though they are from the same family and live in the same town. And then there is the dashing Spaniard Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda. He is the reason that this book is classified as a Historical Romance. He is rico suave personified. But what you see is not all there is to this handsome spy. Lyse falls under his spell but is unsure if she can trust him. Discovering if she can makes this book a worthy read. I can hardly wait for the third installment in the Gulf Coast Chronicles scheduled for Spring 201. It will be called The Duchess of Navy Cove and there is a teaser in the back of the book. The Lanier family saga continues and from what I read it looks to be another hit. I received a copy of this novel to facilitate my review.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
The Creole Princess was a well realized historical tale. The story was sweet and simple, there were lighthearted moments and witty banter between characters that kept me engaged for the most part; however, there was an absence of that special something that makes you want to treasure and read a book over and over again. Despite this setback though, anyone who reads The Creole Princess is sure to get caught up in the politics and emotions of this historical account. It was an enjoyable read, but I am not sure if it is something that I am craving more of. Thus, I liked it, but with reservations. WHAT I LIKED:  + It is seemingly impossibly to talk and elaborate about the premise of the story without getting into any spoilers! Therefore, I will refrain from opening that door; all you need to know is that the story revolves around themes such as kindness, sacrifice, bravery, loyalty, beauty, and as aforementioned, makes for a delightful lighthearted read + Lyse Lanier’s sweet and spunky personality kept me riveted throughout the entire narrative, and I suppose it is owing to the simple fact she shows great strength and bravery despite the whirlwinds in her life. Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda (yes, that’s his full name) kept me just as entertained as well ¿ with his charm and natural appeal. The witty banter between these two characters was utterly engrossing and comical to say the least + The setting of the story takes place during the American Revolution, and I felt the prose captured the delicate political tropes beautifully and subtly ¿ from the slavery movement in early America to the trading relationships between Britain, France and Spain; it was all so intriguing and appealing. Needless to say, these historic events are the basis of the Gulf Coast Chronicles series and it’s a wonderful way to hone in on your history and delight in it all at the same time! + Having said that, I must commend Beth White for writing such high quality historical fiction ¿ which in my opinion is rare. The facts of the story are pretty accurate, as well as the timing of the events, and while it may seem as though the narrative is heavy on its historical appeal, it doesn’t overwhelm, truly. I also feel the need to share how much I enjoyed Beth White’s personal note to the reader ¿ which we find at the conclusion of the story ¿ in where she admittedly states, “I am a complete and unashamed history nerd.” Ha! There’s no arguing that! Beth white accomplishes this marvelously WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED:  – The biggest gripe I had with The Creole Princess was unfortunately, the endless overuse of metaphors and figurative language. They were exhaustive to read, and more often than not, felt intrusive; like, they were stealing the attention away from what the author was really trying to describe. I cannot deny how brilliantly talented Beth White is at writing them though! I just would have appreciated them (and the story) a lot more if they were used sparingly  – The transitional flow between scenes and chapters were rather choppy and abrupt for my taste; in consequence, making the connections between each section of the story monotonous and a bit difficult to follow along. I don’t know how else to elaborate on this sentiment other than that, I enjoy the anticipation and excitement that keeps readers like me turning those pages, if that makes any sense  – Another weakness I seemed to stumble upon within The Creole Princess is its plot line ¿ which was practically non-existent ¿ simply because the written descriptions take up 90% of the book – Thus, in light of the aforementioned, it behooves me to say that the pacing of the narrative seemed somewhat sluggish. Had the repetitive thoughts and descriptions been kept to a minimum, I know for certain that I would have enjoyed the prose a lot more. That’s all I can really say 
GenuineWithdrawal More than 1 year ago
I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize that this book followed the descendants of Tristan and Genevieve. It wasn’t like it was a secret, I don’t think I got it until she started out and out explicitly talking about it. There were some goodies in that conversation.   Even if the book wasn’t absolutely fantastic, I would read it just to find out what happened to Tristan and Genevieve. I really enjoyed the time period. In history we focused on Washington’s battles up North, but this book takes a look at the southern port towns.   There aren’t a lot of time jumps, which is really nice. We do get to see a lot of redemption, and the characters revisiting what is really important in a hard time. Totally recommend the whole series.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy reading, and don’t forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt for the story. 
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
The Creole Princess, An Action Packed Historic Read
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I cannot even describe how much I loved this book. I can tell Beth White put a lot of time and research into every detail of her story. She truly "brings the Colonial South alive" and introduces a new and exciting twist to the American Revolutionary War. The plot was fast moving and well-written. The setting was fantastically detailed. Reading the story from several different points of view was interesting. While the main story was told from Lyse and Rafa, hearing from Daisy (a British descendent) and Scarlet (a slave) allowed me to become even more immersed in the time period and culture. I was eager to finish, yet sad when it ended. I loved Lyse Lanier. Her spunk, humility, independence, and sweet spirit kept her story from being bogged down in the realities of life at the time. She truly made the story. Rafael Gozalez was as much comic relief as an added layer of intrigue to the story. His humanity and kind nature were a balance to Lyse's more impetuous side. The romance that blossomed between them and the sparks that flew whenever they were around each other was refreshing.  The message of the story, while bringing to light aspects of the American Revolution that helped shaped our country as we now know it, was about praying and trusting and believing. Each character had to come to grips with the path their lives had taken, whether it was because of choices made or because of being forced against their will, and to trust that the loving God they knew had a plan. As Scarlet reminds us, "God had a way of brining encouragement into the darkest of days." Overall, if you're looking for espionage and intrigue in the midst of history, this is the book for you. I look forward to reading more from this amazing author! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Revell Reads blogging program in exchange for my honest review.**
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Spies and romance in the sultry South! This book had a bit of a slow start and I began to wonder if it would wind up being the typical historical romance, heavy on the fluff and light on the history. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The Creole Princess took off in directions I never expected, directions that belie the pretty pink cover. Beth White's articulate portrayal of a little known period of American history is full of fascinating little details. I learned a lot in the 329 pages of The Creole Princess. Maybe I've just forgotten it from my history book reading days, but I had no idea that the Spanish helped so much in winning the Revolutionary War, and I also didn't know that there was an East Florida and a West Florida Colony who both sided with the British. Beth White has done her job as a historical fiction writer well. She tells an entertaining and informative story without sacrificing historical facts for today's super-sanitized approach. Well done! A well-written tale from a historical perspective but The Creole Princess is also exciting, romantic, and the witty repartee between Lyse and Rafa is sure to delight readers. At times I began to wonder if the young couples in this story would be able to find their way through the intrigue and ravages of impending war to finally be together. Looking for a great historical romance or love stories set in the South? Definitely give The Creole Princess, book 2 in Beth White's exciting Gulf Coast Chronicles a try! (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
Beth, the author, is a music teacher by-day and I think that lends itself over into her writing as it amusingly poetical at times with a fine rhythm. As a genealogist, I've found that the American Revolutionary War is my favorite war-time to research and study. Creative Madness Mama Creole PrincessAlso separately I'm a bit fond of the Creole sector of Louisiana as my daddy was born there and some ancestors lived there as well. So adding these things together to create a novel intrigues me from the start. Coming into read The Creole Princess after having enjoyed The Pelican Bride last year from new-to-me author Beth White was with an eager emotion. As a reader if you're looking for some 1776 history with a bit of spunk then you've definitely found yourself a title to add to your to-be-read pile.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a well done second book in this series.  You do not need to read the first one to understand what goes on in this book.this takes place during the Revolutionary War near Mobile, Alabama.  This was not an area that I was real familiar with so it made for a good read.  I learned some new stuff on this novel.  I loved Lyse and Rafael.  The story had a few twist and turns and kept me thinking. I received this from Revell reads for a fair and honest opinion.  I look forward to the next book in the series.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Want to explore the American Revolution from a different perspective?   The Creole Princess   Gulf Coast Chronicles 2   Beth White    This is the second book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series. Several generations of the Lanier family have come and gone between the two books.  The Pelican Bride was set during the founding of Mobile and The Creole Princess is set during the early days of the American Revolution and its impact on the residents of the Gulf Coast region specifically Mobile and to a lesser extent New Orleans.  Lyse Lanier is considered socially unacceptable to much of Mobile's elite society, though the Lanier blood flows through her veins.  Her father, instead of marrying into a family of equal social status, found his heart captured by a slave.  Caught between two  worlds and considered neither black nor white Lyse must find her place in a world being torn apart by revolution. It is into this world that Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda enters, bringing even more turmoil into Lyse's life.  Here is a man who could very well win her heart and crush her spirit in the winning. He is first man to ever give her the attention befitting a lady, but can he be trusted? The Creole Princess is a step into the past, where prejudices and harsh inequities rule.  Bloodlines and money reign and those who are found lacking have no hope, but that which the promise of revolution brings.  I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell through their Blogger Program in exchange for my honest review.
simpleharvestreads More than 1 year ago
The Creole Princess is a fast-paced book that keeps you on your toes. It is very apparent that White did a lot of research on both the history of the time period as well as the setting in which the novel takes place; this shines through in her writing.  There are several cultures represented throughout The Creole Princess and the nuances added to her characters from each culture make them very authentic. Added to all of this, the history represented is not very well known so you learn something new.  There are many solid characters in The Creole Princess; some you love and some you hate. They come to life and give you a small glimpse of what it would have been like to live during this time period. White excels at creating tension through her characters and their situations which makes it hard to put her book down.  You can not wait to see what happens next. The main protagonist, Lyse, eliminates love, grace and forgiveness.  She makes you want to be a better daughter, sibling, wife, and friend.  I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  It will definitely be one I will read again! Thank you to Revell and Beth White for a free copy of The Creole Princess in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received for my opinions expressed in this review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Creole Princess is the second book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series, but is definitely a stand alone story. The first book, The Pelican Bride, takes place generations earlier than this book, so although the setting and family name is the same, the stories can be read independently. I am once again amazed at how deeply this author pulls me into the setting of her story. It is set during the American Revolution, yet is a revolutionary story that is unlike any I have read before. The intricate relationships and the delicate political balance between the British forts, the French, and the Spanish in the Gulf area was intriguing. I found the mixture of cultures and skin colors and backgrounds to be fascinating. The social injustice of slavery is another interesting topic in the story. I really liked Lyse Lanier and Rafa Gonzalez. Their attraction and the times they were together in the book were undoubtedly my favorite. The Creole Princess is full of so many deep characters and I enjoyed following their stories and their families’ backstories so much. There is really so much to this book and many threads are interwoven throughout the main story. The only thing that bothered me a bit is that I wanted the end of the book to last a little longer. I felt rushed at the end and wanted to see more of Lyse and Rafa together, as well as be able to witness a few other happy reunions, too. But, all in all, this was a very gripping book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Beth White in her new book, “The Creole Princess” Book Two in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series published by Revell introduces us to Lyse Lanier. From the Back Cover: 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. To the best of my knowledge there are not too many stories that take place on The Gulf Coast during The Revolutionary War. “The Creole Princess” does and, I think, it is a true winner. A Spanish Merchant who may be a spy (I am not going to tell you). The British control Mobile and the situation there is tense. Rafael is in love with Lyse but has to hide it and Lyse is unsure about him. Intrigue, mystery, danger, and double crosses, are all ingredients in this page turning adventure. Beth White has written a very exciting story full of interesting characters that we come to know and love as we read through the book. Ms. White does a great job of making us feel that we are there and living the events rather than just reading about them. I enjoyed this book and am really looking forward to the next book in this exciting series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Beth White writes historical fiction just the way I like them. This is her second book and the first one I have read. I really savored this one and there were a number of times I had a smile on my face with this read. I was absolutely delighted with the two main characters, Rafael Gonzolez our Spaniard and Lyse Lanier who is part French, black, and Native American. I enjoyed their banter and sassiness with each other and watching their love story unfold during the period of the Revolutionary War. I also liked learning the historical information on what was going on down south, especially in Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida while the colonists were declaring their independence and going to war with England. This was not only Rafael’s and Lyse’s story but also a story of their extended family and of their friendships. There is a couple of secondary love stories as well as some of Lyse’s family drama due to the fact that she comes from a very unique family tree. This story also sheds light on people’s prejudice of the time against others of different color and background and touches on the topic of slavery and of the spying that was taking place. All in all, this one is a keeper for me and I plan to go back and read The Pelican Bride and any future works by Beth White. I received my copy for an honest review from Revell. The opinions stated are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
     In April of 2014 I reviewed book one in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to review book two, The Creole Princess, in April of 2015. While characters from book one, Pelican Bride, are briefly referred to, this book tells the story of their descendents and is set in Mobile and New Orleans during the Revolutionary War. I had been previously unaware of two British colonies that remained loyal to the Crown – East Florida and West Florida.  White focuses on Spain’s contribution to the success of the American War of Independence as she tells this story. Many of us may be less familiar with Spain’s alliance with the Americans that with France’s, creating additional interest in this historical romance.  White’s research and attention to detail are clearly evident as she intertwines real and fictional characters in authentic and fictionalized events.        The Creole Princess tells the story of Lyse Lanier, daughter of a poor, drunken fisherman and granddaughter of a wealthy businessman whose family had settled in the Gulf Coast decades before.  Lyse is being semi-officially courted by a young, red-headed soldier named Niall McLeod, and unofficially by a Spanish merchant, Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Rippardá.  Don Rafael has a way of appearing and disappearing, leading Lyse to be uncertain about their future, and wondering if there is not more to him than meets the eye. Beyond providing her readers with an intriguing romance, White expands the freedom theme inherent in a story set during the Revolutionary War to include the issue of slavery.  She does this by giving her heroine ancestors with French, Indian, and African roots.   Lyse, born to a freed slave, gives much thought to the difference between her life and her cousin’s, the daughter of Lyse’s mother’s  twin who had not been freed. As Don Rafael quizzes Lyse about her family, she laughing tells him he would need to see a family tree to follow the relationships.  I agree with her and hope that Beth White will supply us with a Lanier family tree on her blog site.       Fans of Jane Kirkpatrick books will likely also enjoy White’s brand of historical fiction.  Both authors tell engaging stories, mixing fact and fiction with historical accuracy.  Both have well developed characters and use beautiful language to create vivid mental images to hold their readers spellbound.  I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing The Creole Princess for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.           
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This story opens in Mobile, Alabama in August 1776 and the reader is quickly introduced to the two main characters, Lyse Lanier and Rafael Gonzalez.  Lyse is independent, competent and a smart young woman of sixteen.  Her father is a drunk barely able to provide for his family, so both Lyse and her older brother Simon help provide for their younger brothers and sisters.  Lyse has a best friend, Daisy, who is the daughter of the British commander at Fort Charlotte in Mobile, which creates tension later in the tale.   Rafael is a mysterious Spaniard who comes to Lyse’s aid on more than one occasion.  The backdrop of the story is the American Revolutionary War as the southern states struggle for independence from the British.  This narrative is full of intrigue and espionage.   The book spans four years with time gaps throughout the story, which are marked by the dates and locations at the beginning of the chapters making it easy to follow.  I especially like how intelligent and capable the women are portrayed.  The peripheral characters were actually some of my favorites, those like Chaz, Lyse’s grandfather, or Scarlet, her cousin, and Madame Gálvez, each of them exhibiting courage and fortitude.  The author’s grip of history is impressive and it is evident she researched the time period and culture thoroughly.  One of the things I appreciate most is her use of vocabulary.  The words she utilizes are specific and beyond ordinary in their description, which adds to the richness of the explanation.  In my opinion, there seemed to be a lack of a climax and the conclusion was a bit rushed.   Overall I would recommend this book.  Even though it is second in the series it can be read as a stand-alone.  But if you read The Pelican Bride, there are references to characters in The Creole Princess you will appreciate.  I received a complementary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. 
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Swept Away by Tides of History, Romance, and Intrigue... Beth White sweeps the reader away in this, her second novel of the Gulf Coast Chronicles. Lyse Lanier goes from dreaming about a life of excitement and a charming suitor to leading that very life, albeit fraught with danger, uncertainty, and political unrest in the early Revolutionary era. I had to put down the book several times to participate in the real world, but the world of the Creole Princess always had me stealing away, hoping the best for Lyse, whose family heritage was both respected and despised. While the Lanier name meant wealth, Lyse's father's choices had cut the family off from that wealth and brought them to poverty. As Lyse befriends the daughter of the English major who controls the fort of Mobile, she meets Don Rafael, a Spanish trader whose dandified manners hide a quick wit and daring spy. Plots and subplots abound. Balls, Battles, and battle-axes all parade through the tome. So many themes explored here. Historically, the idea that Spain played a major role in financing the American Revolution and fighting off the British in the Gulf Coast area. Emotionally, the idea of hanging onto that which is precious, believing it will return at the proper time and not giving up. Forgiving those that wrong you. Helping those less fortunate than you, made so only by circumstance of birth. Deciding to grow from hardships, rather than shrink and wilt. "...we are all buffeted by circumstances that can shape us into people of strength and character-- or make us bitter and vindictive." As for forgiveness, old Blackberry says to Scarlet,"I be God's bondslave, true enough, child. But that makes me free to love, can't nobody take that away. You a servant to hatred, and that's the bitterness slavery of all." As the tides of history turn, who will be captured by the enemy, who will escape, and who will find freedom for both body and soul? This book can stand fine on its own, but I appreciated the history of book one, and book three cannot come soon enough!! Plus, if you love history, Ms. White includes an epilogue that details more of the history of the time.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Lyse Lanier is living in Mobile, Alabama with her friends and family during the start of the war for independence with Britain. A young Spanish merchant with a flair for life struts into her life. She's not sure what to think of him and isn't sure if she can trust him. Lyse must decide where her loyalties lie and who she is going to choose to trust and spend her life with. This is the second book in the series, but I think it could stand alone. The cover is gorgeous and will definitely make people pick up the book. The story started off slow for me, but picked up as I got more into the plot. The author has the story packed with history and details that a historical novel reader will love. I felt more educated about that time period and area when I finished reading the book. The details paint a rich story of Alabama during that time and help to create a beautiful backdrop for the plot. I had a hard time relating or connecting to the characters, but felt the historical part helped carry the story. Overall, it was a nice story that a lot of readers will fall in love with. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Thursday, April 9, 2015 The Creole Princess by Beth White, © 2015 Gulf Coast Chronicles series, Book 2 American Gulf Coast, Revolutionary War 1775-1783 ...A way of looking in his eyes and finding the man he wanted to be. --The Creole Princess, 105 Such beautiful prose!! The Creole Princess divides lines of color, accent, or caste designed to inhibit and separate those so beloved from each other. A story of acceptance and seeing with eyes of reality, surrounded by changing directions, as a stormy day turned to the bright inkling of sunshine reveals what really is. Obscured but for a moment against tempest of control among the shoreline, hidden from view, or supposed so. Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Rippardá has come to gather information, but instead, has found his own heart in tune with the waves and flowering scents amid the tall buildings overlooking the harboring ships unloading what has survived the plunder at sea. Who does he stand for, and who is behind the privateering? Could it be innocent fishing boats or those interacting political views, in hopes of commanding the vessels to prevent free trade supplies getting into the ports? The least Don Rafael expected was to be swept up in the humanity of this little fishing village in the form of a young woman, Lyse Lanier. Totally knocked off kilter, his own timing is off as he ventures to see her once more. This is not at all what he expected, an innocence so guided in the middle of war and disparity within a family. Lyse is refreshing. A hard worker helping her family, she has a sweet spirit and freedom to love those deemed both above and beneath her in society, for she sees them as they are. A peacemaker at peace. Thinking him a scoundrel in the beginning, I have come to admire him. Rafael Gonzales has endeared himself amid chaos of generations of misunderstandings and pride. Presenting respect and gratitude, his upbringing is honoring. This is a story all can learn by, coming away with an appreciation of the character and giving hearts so needed in any generation. I like the openness in which Lyse and Rafa are able to talk together. They part not knowing if they will see each other again. You want the best for each of them during the uncertainty of unsettled times. ***Thank you to Revell Reads Fiction for inviting me on this blog tour for Book 2 in the Gulf Coast Chronicles and sending me a copy of The Creole Princess by Beth White. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***