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.
This book was an interesting read. This author has a beautiful writing style that just swept me away to another time and place. Usually books set during the Revolutionary War focus on the thirteen colonies so it was really cool to get a look at how the war was affecting other places on the continent. There were several large time jumps which was occasionally confusing, but I understood how it was necessary for the storyline and it didn't detract too much.
Lyse and Rafael were definitely a fun hero and heroine. I loved Lyse's gentle nature and her selfless care for those close to her. Rafael's humor and his confidence that bordered on cockiness made him an endearing hero who you couldn't help but love.
All in all it was a beautiful story that I think historical fiction lovers will thoroughly enjoy!
Meet the Author
Beth White is the award-winning author of The Pelican Bride. A native Mississippian, she teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. 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 www.bethwhite.net.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.