Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White

The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White is the third in her Gulf Coast Chronicles and this story takes place during the War of 1812, a war that neither the British nor the Americans really gained from.  Fiona Lanier is busy grieving her twin brother’s imprisonment on a British ship when she comes across an injured man who has been washed ashore.  Recognizing him as Charlie Kincaid, an old friend from years ago who happens to also be British she decides to keep his true identity hidden from her brother and uncle.  Charlie, who has lost a lot of his memory, is recuperating at the Lanier’s home and begins to feel a part of the family.  As time passes, Fiona and Charlie begin to fall in love until their peace is shattered violently as the war comes to them.  Fiona begins to wonder if she can continue to trust Charlie in a time of spies and traitors when she finds some incriminating evidence that he has been hiding.  This story is rich with historical detail and we have more than one love story going on.  I have enjoyed the previous book, The Creole Princess, and all the intricacies of the well-blended family.  This story is about the next generation and can be read as a standalone.  The only thing I wish was that there was a family tree included so I could keep better track of who’s who.  I look forward to future works by Beth White.  I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.

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