Genevieve Gaillain’s life has taken a rapid turn for the worst it would seem. A wanted criminal in France seeking peace in the Louisiana wilderness the secret Huguenot gets more than she bargained for when she lands on the foreign shores. Come to be married off to one of the local men at the grimy settlement all Genevieve wants is peace and a happy home in which she can be free of King Louis’ radical religious intolerance. But even here she must guard her past life closely or risk losing everything she holds dear.
For the reader looking for action and intrigue, look no further – The Pelican Bride is just for you. In the Louisiana wilderness the likable meet the despicable in a story that keep readers on their toes until the very end (and then leave them wanting more). After having bad luck with book choices for the last few months I was a little hesitant to begin The Pelican Bride. My fears were unfounded though and my attention was snagged from page one. What luck! This is one of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. And quite a different take for the Christian historical fiction genre. I’d like to see more stories like this one hit bookshelves everywhere. It had depth and portrayed some of the dark aspects experienced by settlers in the New World.
And with that said some minor pet peeves will now be named. Sometimes it felt the author didn’t have an opinion on the religious persecution endured by the Huguenots but just let the characters do the opining (not sure if that is a good or bad thing – I have to admit, it sounds like a talent to let the characters tell the story that one kind of forgets someone actually wrote it). They had their thoughts and beliefs and that was that. Still you’ve got to give Ms. White credit for her ability to weave a very complex story. I loved the mystery and the fact that one could feel each characters pains when they were feeling low and smile when they had their joys. I really loved it although there were some sections that bordered on inappropriate. I’m quite anxious to follow this series and eagerly await the release of book two. The characters’ grammar was a little modern, but I understand the need for one to keep it that way; it certainly makes the story much easier to follow along with.
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