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The Pelican Bride (Gulf Coast Chronicles Book #1)

Book 1, Gulf Coast Chronicles - A Novel

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It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.

Gulf Coast native Beth White brings vividly to life the hot, sultry south in this luscious, layered story of the lengths we must go to in order to be true to ourselves, our faith, and our deepest loves.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 03, 2014 – White (Crescent City Courtship) takes liberties with historical fact in this inspirational and sweet historical romance. Readers are introduced to the lives and times of the "Pelican Girls," brides brought to the New World's Gulf Coast in 1704 to help begin the colonization process. While little is known about the actual Pelican Girls, aside from what is contained in church records, the fictionalized ladies are brought to life in a sanitized, genteel fashion. Genevieve Gaillain, a young Frenchwoman, arrives in Louisiana with her sister, both as mail-order brides, in hopes of building new lives better than those they're escaping in Old World France, where they suffered from religious persecution. Their journey intertwines with that of the Native Americans and other colonists in a convoluted web of lies, deceit, and sin, challenging Genevieve to stay true to her faith, herself, and her new husband. New France comes alive thanks to intricate detail, though the effect is tempered by the sheer volume of secondary characters and Byzantine plot.

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The Pelican Bride (Gulf Coast Chronicles Book #1)
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religious
  • Published: Apr 15, 2014
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Seller: Baker Book House Company
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Gulf Coast Chronicles
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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