Title: The Creole Princess (Gulf Coast Chronicles #2)
Author: Beth White
This second book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles begins in 1776 and continues through 1780. It is set in and around what is now Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans. This book takes place roughly three family generations toward the future of the story from book one, The Pelican Bride.
Rafael Gonzalez appears to be a Spanish dandy to the world, but Lyse Lanier senses there is more to him than meets the eye. He is a young man involved as a merchant, sailing from port to port delivering and procuring various goods to buy and sell in New Orleans and other ports along the way. He comes and goes at the drop of a hat without saying goodbye or telling anyone where he is going or when or if he will return, which is kind of hard on Lyse’s heart and mind. Rafael doesn’t have time right now to think about marriage and settle down with a wife, but when he does, Lyse’s face is the one he keeps seeing.
Lyse Lanier falls in love with Rafael upon first meeting him when she is a mere sixteen years of age. He is a few years older, but she doesn’t care. He captures her heart with his lightheartedness, humor, creativity among other things. She wonders about his frequent and sometimes abrupt trips, requiring him to be away months at a time. She isn’t sure where she stands with him, but has given him her heart even if he doesn’t know it. She has a difficult home life with an alcoholic father and several young siblings to feed. She works hard, but has a wonderful friend in Daisy Redmond, the daughter of the commander of the British forces encamped at Fort Charlotte. Is Rafael really the right man for her?
I liked seeing that as Lyse matures, her time spent praying and in God’s word increases as well, allowing her to show the love of Christ to other even when they aren’t nice to her. This is such a very difficult action to exhibit at any age for most of us. I very much enjoyed the history of this time and in this geographical region. I learned somethings about the restrictive life of a woman at this time as well as attitudes toward those of mixed heritage and women. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series titled, The Duchess of Navy Cove due to be released in the spring of 2016.
My rating is 4 stars.
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