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Pelican Bride, The: A Novel (Gulf Coast Chronicles)

By Beth White


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.

Book Takeaway:

We all encounter life struggles—even those of us who walk with Christ—but God is there to walk with us through them and helps us bring joy and strength to one another.

Why the author wrote this book:

While studying the history of my home town, Mobile, Alabama, I ran across a brief but fascinating historical footnote about a shipload of young Frenchwomen who came to the New World to marry the explorers settling the Gulf Coast. I began to imagine the difficulties and wonders they must have encountered, and Genevieve Gaillain came to life.


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