The Magnolia Duchess: Gulf Coast Chronicles

"If I hadn't gotten brained and nearly drowned, I'm sure I would remember you..."  (14)

Title:  The Magnolia Duchess
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles, #3
Author: Beth White
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  April 19, 2016
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance


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.



Set towards the end of the War of 1812 between the fairly new United States of America and Great Britain, The Magnolia Duchess mainly focuses on the events in the Gulf Coast area between our main leads, Charlie & Fiona.  During times of war, can a British soldier and an American girl fall in love, despite their different loyalties, and survive what war brings?

Beth White writes with wisdom in relaying the dynamics of Americans towards the British.  As a historical novel, readers can read the many research that went into this story, and the development of the characters themselves. With adventure and romance, this should be a sure in for me, yet for some reason, I can't get myself wrapped into the main characters. Both Fiona and Charlie does nothing to excite me in wanting to follow their journey to love and hopefully matrimony during such tumultuous times. The surprising thing is, I'm much more interested in Maddy and Desi's story. They are supporting characters, but their back story and the intrigue of Desi' true role and reason to arrive in Mobile Point have me guessing majority of the way.  With that said, I'm sure Fiona & Charlie's story will appeal to some, since it really does have all the markers for a great romantic story.

She's American, he's British, the year is 1814. Will love transcend the tragedies of war?

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.




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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. 

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