The Creole Princess: Review Copy

Disclaimer: The Creole Princess, by Beth White, is a review copy provided by Revell. Therefore, the format of this review will deviate from my normal blog review format.

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?

I was very, very pleased to discover that The Creole Princess places more emphasis on the “historical” aspect of its genre than the “romance” part. I had very little idea of what took place in the South during the Revolutionary war, much less the role that Spain played, and this book helped to show what it was like. I also appreciated the note the author gave at the end explaining some of the events that occurred.

I thought the balance between the historical and the romance pretty good, at first, but unfortunately, towards the end of the book, I thought that things were very rushed. There were too many time jumps and as a result, the changes in the characters were too abrupt, as well. And it was irritating that rather than show us things that happened, White told us what happened after a six-month time jump. I was very confused when Lyse and Scarlet suddenly switched jobs after apparently being thrown out of the house, since neither the character of the woman who threw them out nor the situation that led to them being thrown out was made clear. And there was also a point when Rafael basically tells Lyse, “I have to get you and your grandfather out of the city,” and then when we time-jump to six months later, Lyse is in New Orleans and her grandfather is in Mobile, having never left. Huh?? There was a lot of things that went on “behind the scenes” that was not adequately explained, and so I found the ending to be rushed and confusing.

As for the romance, it was all right. It wasn’t particularly original nor particularly mediocre. I did feel that the beginning was forced and almost too comical, but I liked Lyse as a character, and I liked Rafael. I wish that some of the more difficult aspects of their relationship hadn’t been hand-waved away, or in this case, time-jumped away. At one point Rafael is certain that Lyse doesn’t love him, and then time-jump to six months later and he’s now no longer uncertain, and I’m now confused as to what I missed.

The Creole Princess pays a lot of attention to history, which I appreciated since I learned some things I hadn’t known previously. However, this attention to history made the ending rushed and I felt as if the characters were shunted aside to make room for the “development of the war” plot. The romance was nothing spectacular, but it was a decent romance for a book like this, and I liked the characters even though a lot of their development was lost in the time-jumps.

My rating: 3/5

Warnings: None.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian

You can buy this here: The Creole Princess

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