Friday, June 5, 2015

3.5 star review of "The Creole Princess"

Review of  The Creole Princess

by Beth White

All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie--and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown.

With spectacular detail that brings the Colonial South alive, Beth White invites readers into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known side of the American Revolutionary War. Her richly textured settings and characters delight while fast pacing and closely held secrets will keep readers turning the pages.

MY REVIEW:   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.

About the Author:
Beth  White

Beth White teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl.

A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two--so far. 

Also published as Elizabeth White, 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. 

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

also publishes under the name Elizabeth White

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