The Magnolia Duchess: A Novel

The Magnolia Duchess: A Novel

by Beth White


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ISBN-13: 9780800721992
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 660,803
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 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

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The Magnolia Duchess: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beth White opens the door to this era of American history and you find yourself walking in and being transported back into another time. Being a Southerner myself I could easily imagine the scenic descriptions. Not wanting to spoil the plot, I will just say there was a character I really wanted to disappear, but the author really drew you in to the changes go ing on in their heart and soul, so, enjoyed the ending after all. You can keep this series going in my opinion!
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE MAGNOLIA DUCHESS is a brilliantly written story set in 1812. This is a time period I don't read much about, and to be honest, I don't know much about this war. Fiona is raising horses for sale, they are highly trained and valued by the military. While upset about something, Fiona goes for a ride by the sea and finds a body washed up on shore . The man is drowned, but she remembers a brother mentioning something about CPR and she did what she remembered him saying and saved the man's life. Then she realizes she's known the man since she was eleven... But he (at that time) was British and an enemy. What to do? Charlie has no memory of where he came from or how he ended up washing up on shore, nor does he remember the woman who rescued him. He is welcomed into her home and treated as family, but Fiona refuses to tell anyone he is British and panics when a cousin comes to visit who also knew Charlie. I absolutely LOVED Charlie and Fiona and Ms. White's story is powerfully written. Fiona's secret exploded and things got totally out of hand, and while the mess was still a big mess, there are three romances, a war, attacks, a precious little boy, and of course, nonstop action. There is a strong faith message (though she was off base about Lazarus laying in the tomb, alive, scared and waiting for Jesus to come save him--the Bible says he was dead and Jesus raised him from the dead) but that is my only issue with this book. I absolutely LOVED it. THE MAGNOLIA DUCHESS is book three in the series, but it stands alone. I did read The Pelican Bride (review here but didn't remember it. I did not read The Creole Princess, but I wasn't lost. The books are The Pelican Bride, The Creole Princess, and THE MAGNOLIA DUCHESS. An excellent story. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
oktobeme More than 1 year ago
Beth White's book are very good. I love the camaraderie but also the loyalty between Charlie, British and Fiona, American. During the war of 1812, will these two be able to get through the world and reunite after meeting? I love the drama as well as the humor and of course the romance. I cheered for Fiona who can't just sit around and as the war ravaging on and she finds herself deep within to take care of the horses she has raised. Protected and doted upon my her brothers and family will she ever be able to wed the man she loves? Blessings, Karen Hadley Rating: 5 I received this book as a gift and all opinions are my own.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Beth White has another winner with The Magnolia Duchess – actually, the whole series is a winner with me. Each story is highly entertaining and can stand alone because of different generations being featured, but reading the series in order will provide the most fulfilling reading experience. Book #2, The Creole Princess, was my favorite by a slight edge and it was wonderful to see Rafa and Lyse again, “still in love with one another after more than thirty years, eyes flirting, finishing one another’s sentences.” Beth brings the early American Gulf Coast setting to life with a knowledge and passion about this area that I found fascinating. I mean, who knew that the Pensacola/Mobile/New Orleans area had such a tumultuous past with English, French and Spanish involvement in the fight for control? Add Indian tribes and pirates to the mix and things get even crazier. The Magnolia Duchess is a perfect blend of wartime themes and personal stories, with the essential military elements never becoming overpowering. Romance fans will certainly be pleased with not one, but three exciting relationships. Great chemistry between Charlie and Fiona! “Charlie’s sudden arrival had yanked aside the curtain of time, flung open the window, and all but blinded Fiona.” Rafa and Lyse’s daughter, Maddy, and Desi, General Jackson’s interpreter, are strong secondary characters. Their romance is one of my favorite parts. As I think back over this story, the words freedom and patriotism come to mind. There’s an emotional complexity involved because it was a time in which loyalties were divided, and hearts struggled with the conflict over duty vs. feelings. “Could one really go to sleep as a Briton and awaken as an American? How to settle the conflict between responsibility and treason?” (Charlie) I loved how Charlie grew spiritually, but there was something especially moving in seeing things afresh through Charlie’s eyes, things we sometimes take for granted. . . A commissioned officer in His Majesty’s service gradually coming to understand the value America placed on freedom, and that Americans wouldn’t give up. Recommended to all who enjoy historical romance. Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Don't Miss This One! Beth White’s books are unique in the inspirational romance market. Her setting and time period, characters, and romance are all something quite different from what a reader might expect but wonderful nevertheless. And from the opening line, I found myself drawn into the book and the plight of the main characters. The setting is the first thing a reader will notice. As the series title indicates, The Gulf Coast Chronicles is primarily set in this location. Most of the action takes place in Mobile and Navy Cove, though at the end we find our characters immersed in the action around New Orleans. The time period is the War of 1812—I haven’t read many stories that take place during that conflict. Setting a book during a war automatically sets up some tension, but when one of the main characters is a citizen from the opposing nation, things get a little more intense still. Add in some amnesia and we aren’t sure what to believe for a good portion of the novel—just like the characters. One of the things that I really love about this book is the gray area that is set up: who is right in this conflict? In war, there are no easy answers, and White doesn’t try to supply them, either. Each character must decide for him or herself who has the right of it. And once they’ve made that decision, they have to determine how to act with honor given those convictions—whether it leads to the fulfillment of what they want personally or not. Fiona is an unusual heroine, perhaps due to being raised around a group of male relatives for much of her life. Her gift with horses is fascinating, as is her brother and uncle’s appreciation for her work even as they try to both protect and dictate to her in other areas of her life. It seems to me a very realistic portrait of how family doesn’t always make sense, but it is still family. While its members may disagree among themselves, outsiders had best not cross one member unless they are ready to deal with the group as a whole. Charlie made me feel many of the same things that Fiona did—mostly because he is a complex character himself. I understood her desire to trust him at the same time she feared what he may be up to; I could relate to her hopelessness that they were on opposite sides of a conflict neither could control. And interestingly enough, I could relate to him as well, especially his desire to do right and what he sees as his duty. He honors his commitments, even when it comes at a personal cost—a noble and brave man. For romance fans, this novel has several packed into its pages. Each one has its own feel to it, based on the characters involved; while Fiona and Charlie’s is central, the other two are not relegated to the background. Each one develops at its own pace and they all have points in the novel devoted to a sweet payoff that fits for each couple. This is a complex and well-told tale. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy an impeccably researched novel in a unique setting with strong characters, both male and female. It is a thinking book, though, not a beach read, but for lovers of history and sweet romance against impossible odds, it should not be missed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for this honest review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.
BookLover16 More than 1 year ago
Beth White's books just keep getting better and better. The Magnolia Duchess is definitely my favorite out of her Gulf Coast Chronicle series. From the first chapter my interest was peaked. For those of you who haven't read the first two books in this series I would recommend reading those first. It will help you understand some details better. Filled with adventure, an exciting historic scene, and a forbidden romance, The Magnolia Duchess is a book you don't want to miss out on.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
The Magnolia Duchess had me hooked from the first page! Fiona's twin brother is held captive on a British war ship. Then she finds a young man who she believes to be a Brit washed up on the Alabama shore. The characters are well developed and seem real. Beth White shows what life was like along the Gulf Coast during the War of 1812. The Magnolia Duchess is book 3 of the Gulf Coast Chronicles which I have not yet read but was fine as a stand alone book. This is the best book I have read in a while! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys American historical fiction. I received my copy of The Magnolia Duchess from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
bntyle01 More than 1 year ago
You will loose yourself in this book! The characters are so full of wit and charm and they are just human. It is a well written book that allows you to escape into this family and watch as they begin dealing with the war and the circumstances that surround it. There are a lot of characters in this book, at first it was a little overwhelming for me, but as I continued reading I came to love all these characters and would not have eliminated any of them. It is a complex book, as there are many shifts between points of view of different characters, but all of the layers come together to create a beautiful and charming story. This is the first book I have read of Beth's but it will definitely not be the last.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Thursday, May 19, 2016 The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White, © 2016 Gulf Coast Chronicles series, Book 3 War of 1812-1814 What are the chances of finding an old friend on the shores of your stretch of the beach ~ unconscious and upon waking, not knowing who he is? Fortunate for him, you do recognize him, and have loved him for a long time. At least in your memory, you do. Charlie Kincaid has washed up on the shore, half in and half out of the water. By happenstance, or does he know where he is? Subconsciously, perhaps, as he has been injured and does not remember his mission nor his rescuer. Fiona Lanier has been grieving the loss of her brother ~ at least to her, as a prisoner of the very people Charlie represents. Confusion and heartfelt protectiveness surface as she secretly decides to bring him back to health on her family premises. Who will recognize him as the years have tumbled by, to keep him from repercussion of her family's allegiance? Family interloping from all sides, Fiona is moved from Navy Cove to spend time with cousin Maddy inland at Mobile, away from the throngs of war falling quickly on the Gulf Coast. Amid war and the disparity between countries, there will be three love stories emerge. What she had learned today was that she was a creature of intense, fatal loyalty. Once she had given her heart, it would not be reeled back in. --The Magnolia Duchess, 204 The gallantry of those serving in what they believed in brought them further than they ever would have imagined. Honor and loyalty become turned as trustworthy alliances are met. Beth White brings us right in the middle of family and those they stand to protect. You will come away knowing more than you might have learned in school about this time period as you delve into their personal stories and focus. A surprise ending ~ and middle, as well ~ Fiona is worth winning! ***Thank you to Revell Reads Fiction for sending me a review copy of Book 3 in the Gulf Coast Chronicles, The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
The United States is still very young as the War of 1812 rages on. In Mobile Point, Fiona Lanier is not a frilly girl. It could be because she grew up with three older brothers and no sisters. Fiona is the best horse breeder and trainer on the coast, and she won’t shy away from negotiating a fair deal all on her own. If only that were the only thing on her mind. Unfortunately, her brother, Sullivan, has been taken prisoner by the British Navy. And a boy from her youth – now a man – has re-entered her life, though he doesn’t recognize her at all at first glance. He barely recalls who he is. Charlie Kincaid is washed up – literally – when Fiona finds him. When memory returns, he is ‘Lieutenant Charles Kincaid of His Majesty’s Royal Navy’ and is also grandson to an admiral and lord. But how is he in Mobile Point? And why? As his love for Fiona grows, how can he balance duty to his native country and love for a woman in a land he’s supposed to be fighting against? This third installment in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series was a pleasant read. This being my first story from Beth White, I was swept up in the budding romance replete with trials and danger, but also the historical resonance within. The War of 1812 is a central part of the story, and White involves persons from the actual history of the war as easily as if she created them as original characters from scratch. She makes history interesting. What I found most confusing were the characters and how they are related to each other. Their ancestors span ethnic backgrounds as well, so while that enhanced the wealth of characters, it also added to the learning curve. It would’ve likely helped me know the characters more if I’d begun the series at the beginning. That said, while I do recommend this novel, I ALSO strongly suggest starting with the first book. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Magnolia Duchess is the third book in Beth White’s Gulf Coast Chronicles series, coming after The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. I really enjoyed the first two novels, so I have been eagerly anticipating reading this novel for quite some time. When Beth so graciously offered to send me a copy to review, I was ecstatic, and I’m so glad I’ve finally had the chance to read it! I’ve been reviewing so many books for the Litfuse Groups on Tuesday that I’ve had to fit this in on a different day, but I’ve finally squeezed it in and I’m so glad as this is such a wonderful book! Fiona Lanier is such a headstrong, passionate young woman! She knows what she believes in, what she cares about, and she will stop at nothing to make things right. The amount of dangerous situations she places herself in is astounding, and I found myself worried about her safety on more than one occasion. That just goes to show how much she cares about her country and those she loves. If I had half as much spunk and tenacity as her, I would be satisfied. It is definitely safe to say that she is probably my favorite heroine of the three books in this series. Charlie Kincaid is such a great character. I think I fell in love with him from the very beginning, even though I wasn’t sure if he was to be trusted, and I loved him all the more as he began to develop feelings for Fiona. And by the end, the way he fought for her, oh my goodness there was no going back after that. I won’t spoil it for you, but if you aren’t in love with him by the end of this book, there’s something wrong with your feeler because he is just one of the most perfect men I have ever encountered. Yes, he has a bit of a wrong perception of many things in the beginning—he is British after all—but he makes up for it admirably as the story goes on. All in all, I really loved this book, and the last third of the book is my favorite part. There are so many wonderful twists and turns, and so much love, that I could read it, or the whole book even, over and over again. I think it’s definitely safe to say that Beth knocked it out of the park with this one, and I think it’s my favorite novel in the series. I just never knew what was going to happen, which lent to an air of mystery, and the way it worked out was perfect! I couldn’t give this book anything but all five bookshelves, and it has a place on my all-time favorites list, that’s for sure. I highly recommend reading this book, but I would definitely advise reading the previous novels first. Either way, this is a fabulous novel I know I’ll be reading again! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for only my honest review. (This review is from my blog,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the Magnolia Duchess, the latest in Beth White’s Gulf Coast Chronicles. I’m a historical romance buff, and the Magnolia Duchess is right on target. It has engaging characters who are well portrayed in Fiona and Charles, as well as the supporting cast of Maddy, Desi and Sehoy, individuals with diverse backgrounds that are coming together in a new country. The historical background is great, starting with pre Revolutionary War times in The Pelican Bride, moving to the Revolutionary War in the Creole Princess, and now to the War of 1812; tracing a group of families through those difficult times. I had no idea that there was so much history as the British, Americans, French and Spanish all vied for control of the Gulf Coast around Mobile. The plot is quick moving with lots of adventure, twists and turns, to keep the reader looking for more. I hope there are several more in the series.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Danger awaits at every turn! I have been following this series since the first book, The Pelican Bride, and am continually amazed at all of the little known history that finds its way into each of the Gulf Coast Chronicles. With each book I learn something new, Beth White is adept at weaving historical fact into her stories. The Magnolia Duchess was a fascinating look into one of America's lesser written about wars, the War of 1812. I was delighted to read about another generation in the Lanier family and I quickly came to like Fiona. She was such a mix of tough naivety,and neither the reader nor Charlie quite knows what to expect from her next. The Magnolia Duchess was an enjoyable read, from the pretty cover to the last word of the author's note. Beth White is a talented author, not only could I just about feel the heat and smell the surf, but I felt like I was right there experiencing everything along with the characters. History, adventure, intrigue, and romance make Beth White's latest installment in the Gulf Coast Chronicles, The Magnolia Duchess, a book well worth reading. (I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles. Although I did read the pervious two books, I thought this book stands alone and could be enjoyed without reading book one and two. The setting is Mobile Point, Alabama in 1814, during a naval battle between the British and Americans. The book opens with Fiona discovering a soldier’s body on the beach which looks a lot like the young boy, Charlie, she had a crush on one summer when she was visiting England with her cousin, Maddy. Fiona nurses him back to health, yet he seems to have lost a few years of memory and has no recollection of ever meeting Fiona. As Charlie’s memory returns it is discovered he and Fiona are on opposite sides of the war. Beth White is really good at writing historical fiction. It is obvious she does a lot of research about the time period and specific details of the events taking place. I thought the plot of the story was entertaining and was well executed and flowed nicely from one event to the next. The chapters were labeled throughout with dates making the time frame easy to understand. I wasn’t overly fond of the main characters, Fiona and Charlie. I liked Fiona in the beginning, she was sure of herself and focused on training her horses, which she did with great proficiency. But in the middle of the book she seemed uncertain and confused about everything flitting from one thing to the next without purpose. And I wasn’t captured by her romance with Charlie. In my opinion, it seemed superficial. I did appreciate some of the supporting characters and thought they added a nice diversion and balance to the action. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles. This book stands alone but you should read the other 2 books to really enjoy the story. Fiona saves Charlie after he falls from his ship and washes ashore. They knew each other in England when they were younger. Charlie has amnesia at first so they do not turn him in as a spy. This story takes place during the War of 1812. Can Fiona's and Charlie's love survive. I received this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Magnolia Dutchess is the third installment from the Gulf Coast Chronicles. Of the three of the series, this one is my favorite. Five stars
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White is the third in her Gulf Coast Chronicles and this story takes place during the War of 1812, a war that neither the British nor the Americans really gained from. Fiona Lanier is busy grieving her twin brother’s imprisonment on a British ship when she comes across an injured man who has been washed ashore. Recognizing him as Charlie Kincaid, an old friend from years ago who happens to also be British she decides to keep his true identity hidden from her brother and uncle. Charlie, who has lost a lot of his memory, is recuperating at the Lanier’s home and begins to feel a part of the family. As time passes, Fiona and Charlie begin to fall in love until their peace is shattered violently as the war comes to them. Fiona begins to wonder if she can continue to trust Charlie in a time of spies and traitors when she finds some incriminating evidence that he has been hiding. This story is rich with historical detail and we have more than one love story going on. I have enjoyed the previous book, The Creole Princess, and all the intricacies of the well-blended family. This story is about the next generation and can be read as a standalone. The only thing I wish was that there was a family tree included so I could keep better track of who’s who. I look forward to future works by Beth White. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*My Thoughts* I have to admit to surprise...I didn't expect to like, or even finish this book. Why? Simple. I am an impatient person. When I picked up the first in this series, The Creole Princess, I thought for sure I would fall in love immediately. Unfortunately, (back to that impatience!), I couldn't get to the third chapter without skimming. It wasn't because of a lack of talent on Beth's part...the book was charming and packed with information. It was just too slow. This one was not at all the sam!! Yes, it was still on the slower paced side, but it captured my attention right away! It was inspiring and taught me things about an era often lost in the world of fiction. I laughed, cried, sighed, gasped, and then laughed and cried again! Beautifully written!! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give the Magnolia Dutchess... 5 stars!! _______________________________________________ *I received this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way. Happy Reading, Nicki
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
As the War of 1812 comes to a close. Lives will be lost, hearts broken, and dreams shattered. But love can conquer all in the midst of the chaos and destruction. About the Book Reeling from the devastation that her brother has been taken prisoner by the British Navy, Fiona Lanier is in disbelief when she discovers a British sailor washed up on the shores of her home. Suffering from amnesia, Charlie Kincaid does not know why he is in America. As his memory returns in bits and pieces, duty and loyalties are challenged. Despite her mother's attempts to raise Fiona into a "proper lady". Miss Lanier is anything but...Training and breeding horses, wearing her brother's clothes, and dashing off to ...Nevermind, "Spoilers". I would like to think that if I lived in 1814, I would be like Fiona. Refusing to conform to the regulations that society dictates, to follow my heart, my passion, my dreams. Will Fiona and Charlie follow their hearts? Or will they submit to duty to their country? My Thoughts As with The Creole Princess I was swept away from the first page of this book! The very first line is: "She could set fire to the letter in her pocket and it would still be true." Very fast paced and full of adventure, Beth White continues to draw us into the Lanier family. Throughout The Magnolia Duchess you will get to see the story unfold through the eyes of several characters. Creating a deeper understanding for the situation and the era. While Fiona has become very dear to me, I was thrilled to see her Aunt Lyse's reappearance (The Creole Princess)! As we follow Fiona and Charlie through the war, we can see God's hand on their lives. Protecting and guiding them. Bringing two hearts together despite all odds. I definitely enjoyed reading this book and learned a bit more about the War of 1812 (thanks to my need to research the events I read about). There are several kissing scenes and references to "passion", but nothing that made me feel uncomfortable (and I thrive on clean reads). The war scenes are not overly descriptive. Enough to make me sad and ache about the horrors of war, but nothing that caused my stomach to churn. I can't wait to read Beth's next book! (I suppose I should go back and read The Pelican Bride first!) These books can stand alone as the main characters are in different generations. Although, I recommend reading them in order. I received a free copy of The Magnolia Duchess from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Beth White in her new book, “The Magnolia Duchess” Book Three in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series published by Revell introduces us to Fiona Lanier. From the Back Cover: 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 think this is historical fiction at its finest. It is 1814 and the planned British invasion of New Orleans is close to happening with Charlie working undercover as a spy trying to get information. Now he has amnesia and Fiona takes him in to nurse him back to health. This is Fiona’s story and we get to see Navy Cove and the surrounding area through her and her family. Get ready there is a lot going on in this book. I think, it is a true winner. 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 would really like to see them make this into a movie it is that good. 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.”
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
As with the two previous books in this series, The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess, Beth White brings the Gulf Coast to life in the early days of our nation's history. While many novels set in this time period spotlight the eastern seaboard, Mobile and New Orleans are home to The Magnolia Duchess. Fact and fiction weave together in a magnificent tale of patriotism, love, and loyalty--and the dilemma that arises when those values conflict. White fills this novel with a host of strong characters, both historical and fictional, and includes important strategic events without weighing the story down with unnecessary detail. Each book in this series stands alone and varies by time period, but I strongly suggest reading all three for the richest experience. Beth White remains on my must-read list and I strongly suggest you add her to yours. Grab your copy of The Magnolia Duchess today! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker/Revell Publishers as part of a blog tour. 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am drawn to words, and have never been one to notice book covers and illustrations, not even in children’s books. Many was the time that my students pointed out an element of the story provided by the illustrator that I had overlooked. However, I frequently found myself flipping back to the cover photo of The Magnolia Duchess, inserting the cover designer’s image into my mental image of the many faces of Fiona Lanier. (Hmmm, that might make a good subtitle: The Many Faces of Fiona Lanier.) There is Fiona the horse wrangler, Fiona the patriot, Fiona the nurse, Fiona the independent, and Fiona the beautiful to name a few. Charlie Kincaid might not have recalled meeting Fiona prior to the day he washed up on the beach near her home, but she made a lasting impression during his period of recuperation among the Lanier family, creating inner turmoil between love of a woman and duty to his country. Many unexpected events occur as Charlie learns to trust God, and to trust the plans He has for his life. Just how will Fiona and her family fit into those plans, or is there a place for them at all? Answering that question is the reader’s quest. The Magnolia Duchess is book three in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series. The series features independent, brave women who work alongside the men they love to safeguard the growing country they hold dear. Each book can be read as a stand-alone read, but much pleasure can be had by reading them all in sequence. Readers will enjoy meeting the Lanier family and welcoming new generations. It would be amazing if the author continued to expand the family line. We might even one day meet Fiona’s namesake that we might identify as Fiona the western pioneer or Fiona the suffragist. Below are links to my reviews of the first two books in the series: written in April of 2014. written in April of 2015 I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing The Magnolia Duchess for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Magnolia Duchess is book three in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series, however, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. Having read the first two books in the series, I enjoyed returning to some of the same places again and seeing a few familiar faces as I read this story. I enjoyed this historical romance novel and the fact that there were actually two romances going on in the book. The main one between Charlie and Fiona was fraught with confusion, distrust, and some heartbreak as well. I thought that Charlie and Fiona were both interesting characters with difficult decisions to make. The secondary romance was between Maddy and Desi and just made my heart happy. I loved seeing these two come together. I could have used even more Maddy and Desi time in this story! I think that I connected with the characters and became more invested in the relationships in books one and two of the series, The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess, yet I still learned so much history and enjoyed The Magnolia Duchess very much. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sydney More than 1 year ago
Even though this is the third in a series called the Gulf Coast Chronicles, it was very easy to follow along. I had no problem learning the characters’ relationships with one another. If you haven’t read the first two books, like I haven’t, don’t worry! This book is its own story. I’m a history geek and I attend a fair each year set during the War of 1812. That really helped me envision what was taking place. If you’re not that familiar with it, just think Pride and Prejudice and you’re pretty close. Now, for all that I love history, I knew next to nothing about how the war extended into New Orleans and Pensacola. The Magnolia Duchess opened that up for me without being confusing or feeling like I was in a classroom. The relationship between Fiona and Charlie seemed almost modern. Maybe it was because Fiona acted the tomboy so often and Charlie never seemed to raise an eyebrow at this. Granted, they had known each other years before, but Fiona being a tomboy in her childhood is one thing. A young lady donning masculine clothes and acting more like Annie Oakley would have been a different matter. Yes, it is her character and it’s understandable why she is that way, but Charlie’s reaction just fell a bit flat for me. As hard as I tried, I never cared that much for Charlie, either. There was a certain strength lacking in him, at least for me. He would be adamant about his duty – returning to his ship and the naval service. Then he would turn about and try to figure out how to stay with Fiona. Things he did and said sometimes were incongruent. It was as though there were two different characters made into one. Two secondary characters, however, completely caught my attention: Desi and Maddy. They both feel as though they have walked straight out of the time period. Maddy is strong but still very much the lady, and Desi is intelligent and a man whose presence you can feel, even through the pages of a book. I couldn’t help but wish at some points that these two had their own book as well. Over all, I did enjoy this book. It was a good, easy read, and the story held my interest. I’ll definitely look for the first two books of this series. I was sent this pre-release copy from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Sweeping Saga of Lanier Family Continues... I was thrilled to see book three of the Gulf Coast Chronicles,Magnolia Duchess, come out. Beth White always keeps me spellbound with her sweeping sagas of the Lanier family as they live and love through tumultuous periods of history in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. In 1814,young Fiona (scandalously, a horse trainer) finds Charlie Kincaid washed up on shore and nearly dead. With amnesia affecting his brain,Fiona and her family choose to harbor Charlie and ignore the niggling suspicions of why he shows up in wartime. We are also treated to a re-acquaintance with Rafe and Lyse from book two, plus other extended family members like Sehoy, Maddie, and Desi Palomo. I enjoyed the multi-layered,faith filled story. With multiple romances and a tense on-going war,there is plenty of excitement, action, and uncertainty. I am still pondering the big question: loyalty to country or to love? This would have been a perfect book,except it was missing two things. I desperately wanted to see a family tree in the front of the book and a map of the Gulf Coast area. I eventually looked up maps of the area, because I was confused and lost about where the action was taking place and how it all fit in. To be fair, at the end Beth White includes a note that both of these things are on her website. Not where I needed them when I needed them. Great book,but have Beth White's website handy as you read. It'll make the experience that much richer! I gratefully received this book free for an honest review from the Revellreads program.