The Magnolia Duchess is book three in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series, however, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. Having read the first two books in the series, I enjoyed returning to some of the same places again and seeing a few familiar faces as I read this story.
I enjoyed this historical romance novel and the fact that there were actually two romances going on in the book. The main one between Charlie and Fiona was fraught with confusion, distrust, and some heartbreak as well. I thought that Charlie and Fiona were both interesting characters with difficult decisions to make. The secondary romance was between Maddy and Desi and just made my heart happy. I loved seeing these two come together. I could have used even more Maddy and Desi time in this story!
I think that I connected with the characters and became more invested in the relationships in books one and two of the series, The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess, yet I still learned so much history and enjoyed The Magnolia Duchess very much.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fiona Lanier is the only woman in the tiny Gulf Coast settlement of Navy Cove. While her shipbuilding family races to fill the demand for American ships brought by the War of 1812, Fiona tries to rescue her brother who was forced into service by the British Navy.
Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover for six months, obtaining information vital to the planned British invasion of New Orleans. When a summer storm south of Mobile Bay wrecks his ship and scatters the crew, Charlie suffers a head injury, ultimately collapsing in the arms of a beautiful mermaid who seems eerily familiar. 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 loyalties begin to collide, they’ll each have to decide where their true heart lies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
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