Friday, August 28, 2015

#REVIEW: The Creole Princess by Beth White

The Creole Princess
Series: Gulf Coast Chronicles #2
Author:  Beth White
Published Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Revell
Format: ebook
Pages: 352
ISBN:  978-0800721985
Genre: historical fiction/romance
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter--though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Since I am from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast area, I thought this would be a great book for me. I like the Revolutionary period so when I read the blurb, I was eager to start reading it. I started reading it from the moment I got it.
But I couldn’t stay in it; the book just didn’t have the staying power. The characters were enjoyable, but kind of two dimensional. While I truly wanted Lyse to rise above her circumstances, I didn’t feel compelled to read the story to see if she would. I did enjoy her change of heart regarding the Revolutionary Way, but with her personality, it was expected.
Rafe was an interesting character, only because of the intrigue surrounding him. Even that wore off rather quickly. I couldn’t understand the romance between Rafe and Lyse: barely a spark there and she pines over him, waiting for months at a time.
The action in the book was very choppy. There were moments when it would speed up and keep me engrossed and then it would abruptly slow down and completely lose me.
Overall, this book was a mild romance whose action was very choppy and barely kept me engaged. However, others may like it.

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