Review: The Pelican Bride by Beth White

One of my favorite things about historical fiction is the discovery of new details, events, and people that existed long before now. While of course the novels are fiction, they still have remnants of truth that allow the reader to experience a different time and place. The people who walked the earth a few years ago or hundreds of years ago have shaped the world we live in now. The Pelican Bride tells part of that story for the colonization of the area in the Americas that is now Louisiana.

From Amazon: It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won’t be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.

Gulf Coast native Beth White brings vividly to life the hot, sultry south in this luscious, layered story of the lengths we must go to in order to be true to ourselves, our faith, and our deepest loves.

This was a difficult book to start. For one, there were a lot of people and names that are quite unfamiliar to me. Not to mention, that it was difficult to see how the threads of stories would weave together. It was just hard to keep track of everything. However, once the story got going and the overarching problems became more recognizable, it was worth the struggle.

The Pelican Bride is a rich story. It encompasses so much history. So those of you who are history levels, especially interested in religious history, will probably enjoy this book. For myself, I never realized the struggles that still occurred in the New World between the Huguenots and Catholics. I didn’t know that the persecution that existed in France would still follow them to the extent that it does for the heroin, Genevieve, in this novel.

Beth White does a wonderful job of making history come alive in this book.

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I received a copy of this book from Revell and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


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