The Pelican Bride by Beth White….from Revell

The Pelican Bride

by Beth White

Pelician Bride



She’s come to the New World to escape a perilous past. But has it followed her to these far shores?

It is 1704 when Frenchwoman Geneviève Gaillain and her sister board the frigate Pélican bound for the distant Louisiana colony. Both have promised to marry one of the rough men toiling in this strange new world in order to escape suffering in the old. Geneviève knows life won’t be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of persecution for her outlawed religious beliefs.

When she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer-turned-farmer whose checkered past is shrouded in mystery, Geneviève realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. Trouble is brewing outside the fort between the French colonists and the native people surrounding them. And an even more sinister enemy may lurk within. Could the secret Geneviève harbors mean the undoing of the colony itself?

Gulf Coast native Beth White brings vividly to life the hot, sultry South in this luscious, layered tale.

“Fresh as a gulf breeze, The Pelican Bride is the perfect pairing of history and romance. Finely tuned characters and a setting second to none make this a remarkable, memorable story. Beth White’s foray into colonial Louisiana is historical romance of the highest quality.”–Laura Frantz, author of Love’s ReckoningandLove’s Awakening

“Not your usual setting, not your usual historical romance–The Pelican Bride breaks new ground in the historical genre. Choosing to write a story set in the French colony that became Mobile, Alabama, draws the reader into a new and exciting period. A winning beginning to a new historical series.”–Lyn Cote, author of The Wilderness Brides series.



This was my first book by Beth White so I didn’t know what to expect, and don’t let the cover fool you! I thought it would be a delicate romantic story, but that is not what it is. There is romance, but the rough situations that happen in this book takes the story to a different level that what I though. And I will say,  The Pelican Bride was much more than I expected. The story was interesting and intriguing and the time period and setting of this story was interesting for me. I haven’t read a lot of books during this era so to see how the French and the Native Americans  lived during that time and all of the vivid details of each scene in the book, the story did a very good job of keeping my attention.

Sisters Geneviere and Aimee travel to American to find husbands, but they didn’t expect their journey to be quite like it turned out. Geneviere had an outstanding and feisty personality and wasn’t afraid to speak up, and it doesn’t take her long to find a husband. But life was not easy in this New World they were developing, and the struggles were almost more than they could handle at times. I had never really thought about how it would be as the people worked to establish the new colonies, and the difficulties they had to face, but Ms. White brought these times to life as she had us follow the journey of these characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. In The Pelican Bride, you will find an exciting twist on historical fiction, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I received this book from Revell Publishers to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55



Beth White‘s day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, her passion is writing historical romance with a southern drawl. 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. Learn more at

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