Title: The Creole Princess
Author: Beth White
“I don’t want to live like a lady, not if it means sugaring up to people taking property away from those of us who claimed and settled it generations ago!” Lyse explains in Beth White’s novel, The Creole Princess.
Second in the Gulf Coast Chronicles, this three hundred and fifty-two page paperback targets those who enjoy historical romance involving the South during America’s struggle for independence. Topics of racism and slavery may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The end of the book includes author’s notes, acknowledgments, the first chapter of the next book in the series, and the author’s biography.
Native Mississippian author White has won several awards for her historical fictions with Southern overtones. Teaching music at an inner-city high school in Alabama, she is a pastor’s wife, mother of two, and grandparent.
In this story based mainly in Mobile, Alabama in 1776, sixteen-year-old beautiful Lyse Lanier is from a multi-cultural, mix-raced background as she lives life outside of the British fort that oversees and protects the land of the South belonging to His Majesty.
Lyse’s best friend is Daisy, the daughter to the fort’s Major Redmond. As they grow up together, the two girls share their deepest secrets, including Daisy’s love for Lyse’s brother, Simon.
When a mysterious, charismatic Spaniard named Don Rafael Gonzalez comes to town and saves Lyse from an unwanted sailor’s attention, the girl pulls a blade on him, thinking he is taking advantage of her. Before long, the Creole young woman is taken by his charm, playfulness, and quick thinking.
With Spain neutral in the American conflict with Britain, Rafael has to play both sides of the coin, not only in regard to being sympathetic to American rebels while delivering goods to the area, but also when amorously trying to win Lyse’s attention.
Through family secrets, slave trading, and keeping up pretensions, Lyse, Rafael, and others must play cat and mouse to hide their loyalties, patriotism, and interest in each other. Forced to give an oath to the king or be deported, Lyse must decide if her heart leads her to a marriage of convenience or one of love.
Written with a Southern flair of the era, the story shows how slavery and racism was a vital part of the American Revolution and what measures were taken for freedom.
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