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.
Read an excerpt HERE.
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. 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. www.bethwhite.net
In Beth’s words ~
“I grew up in the South, specifically North Mississippi, which has a rich tradition of fostering writers, storytellers, and musicians. I’m fond of both music and literature, so I amuse myself by teaching chorus and piano in an inner-city public high school by day, while conducting a secret life as a romance writer by night.
This book is the second in The Gulf Coast Chronicles, and the sequel to The Pelican Bride. The author’s question, “What was an American at this time and location?” was the seed that began this interesting, adventurous, and romantic novel. Beth White has done her research and pulled every hero and villain she could find, wrote them into a character, and wove them into this plot.
With the mystery of the deep south and the dramatic charm of the French and Spanish, you will be engrossed in this plot. It will hold your attention until the very end. If you love history with adventure, this is the book for you!
In the spring of 2016, look for the third book in this series, The Duchess of Navy Cove.
Thank you to Beth White and Revell for a copy in exchange for my honest review.