I’ve never read Beth White before, but her novel, The Pelican Bride, is a beautiful story – crafted with rich descriptions, historical detail, and deep-set emotion. In the sultry early 1700s Louisiana, Genevieve Gaillain arrives to flee one type of ‘bondage’ for a lesser one. In an effort to escape religious hostilities in France, they agree to board the Pelican as ‘future brides’ for men in the New World, Genevieve and her sister, Aimee, come face to face with new dangers- poverty, hardship, and the volatile relationships with the Indians.
When Tristan Lanier, a widower who had married been married to an Indian woman, begins to show kindness to Genevieve – and later asks her to marry him, she accepts. But Genevieve’s and Tristan’s secrets may not only ruin their infant marriage, but also their lives. There is much suspense and drama, so don’t expect a light-hearted read. Beth White wrote to wrench the heart and enliven the emotions.
Beautiful story in a very unique time and place.
Available April 2014 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group