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The Pelican Bride

(Gulf Coast Chronicles #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,337 ratings  ·  228 reviews
It is 1704 when Frenchwoman Geneviève Gaillain and her sister board the frigate Pélican bound for the distant Louisiana colony. Both have promised to marry one of the rough men toiling in this strange new world in order to escape suffering in the old. Geneviève knows life won’t be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of persecution for h ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Revell (first published April 8th 2014)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Louisiana Colony 1704
4 1/2 stars

The year is 1704, when orphaned and imprisoned Genevieve and her younger sister Aimee manage to escape and flee the persecution in France and board a ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail order brides. With hopes of finding prospective husbands and the freedom offered in Louisiana, when they land it is only to discover a wild and politically unbalanced Colony where no one is secure.
Both have promised to marry one of the rough and tumble Canadian me
R.J. Rodda
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a charming Christian historical romance packed with plot twists and well- written so that a sense of the time is strongly evoked. I had not heard of the Pelican brides before and I did not know much about the political and religious struggles of the time so while this is foremost an enjoyable romance read I also feel like I've learned something too.

I do have an issue though with the narrative approval of avoiding the legal punishment for murder, however that is a small quibble about a go
Really?? I can't believe I waited so long to read this fantastic book! Action, deception, suspense, romance and best of all history! This is my kind of book. Very well-written, this story took me back in time, I loved it! I'm now inspired to visit some of my local historical museums. I will definitely be reading more Beth White books!
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
The Pelican Bride was interesting. I enjoyed the historical information and detail; however it simply wasn't my style or era. :/ It was well-written and the plot was intricate! I just couldn't really get as involved in the story as I like to. There were a few religious views that I questioned, as well.
I do absolutely adore the cover! :)
Beth White is a sweet lady and I so enjoyed my interview/chat with her! She is a talented author, and anyone who enjoys this era/style will be thrilled with this
This book is written for history-devourers like me! I loved the in-depth research evident in this and the feeling of authenticity that all the details provided. It is quite light on the romance except for one chapter of the wedding that might have the book better suited to older audiences (16+). I actually felt that the hero's brother Marc-Antoine actually had more words devoted to his love story than Tristan himself did. It was pleasant to read such a solid historical fiction, and I would be co ...more
This was an interesting book about a time period I don't know too much about. It reminded me a little of The Last of the Mohican's movie. Brides were promised wealthy men and homes to travel to a settlement in Louisianian so that France could establish a more permanent base in the US. What they got was much different then promised. This story follows several different view points from an Indian woman, to a captain and his brother who has left the France army to an idiot bad guy and several other ...more
Andrea Cox
Apr 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
by Andrea Renee Cox

Though I was intrigued by this book's premise, I was disappointed that a pastor's wife would include vulgar language, sexual innuendo, and heavy emphasis on mistresses and illegitimate children in her book. Those are not things expected to be featured and emphasized in Christian fiction books, which are supposed to be clean reads. This book was a miss for me.
A bit slow, I think, but still pretty good.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Could not finish was very slow. I'm not one for stories about Indians and those parts were very gruesome for me to read about.
Reet Champion
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Genevieve Gaillain's life has taken a rapid turn for the worst it would seem. A wanted criminal in France seeking peace in the Louisiana wilderness the secret Huguenot gets more than she bargained for when she lands on the foreign shores. Come to be married off to one of the local men at the grimy settlement all Genevieve wants is peace and a happy home in which she can be free of King Louis' radical religious intolerance. But even here she must guard her past life closely or risk losing everyth ...more
Megan Besing
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
What I thought:
The full review can be read at Edgy Inspirational Romance with the link above.

Random fact: I think The Pelican Bride’s cover is precious!

I dove right into the book and realized the “Pelican” was a boat…my eyebrows lowered. (My previous EIR review explains my feelings of books about boats.) Thankfully, there was more to the story. In fact, this tale blew the whole mail-order bride genre wide open.

How, you ask? (I’m so glad you want to know
Genevieve Gaillian and her sister Aimee left France in the hopes of new beginnings as mail order wives to men in the New World. Genevieve knows that she must keep her Protestant beliefs a secret and appear to adopt the teachings of the Catholic church as she begins her new life. When she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, she hopes that she has finally found someone who will allow her to be herself. Yet the New World is ripe with peril. There is sickness, primitive conditions, and the threat of ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What originally caught my attention about The Pelican Bride was its gorgeous cover! The woman has such a dreamy look in her eyes and it is just downright beautiful. Then, I scanned the book blurb and I knew that I had to read it! It is set in 1704. Genevieve Gaillain and her sister have just arrived in the Louisiana colony. In order to secure passage on the frigate, Pelican, they have both agreed to marry men who have settled in the colony.

Genevieve is a really fascinating character to read abou
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great historical read! Beth White spins a story about the early settling of the Gulf Coast by the French. The Pelican brides were young women who came to marry the French soldiers in this early settlement which would one-day become the city of Mobile. She includes much historical fact that I, being a mid-westerner was not aware. I guess any historical fiction I read of this time period usually takes place in the early colonies. Many of the characters in this book are based upon historical figure ...more
Carole Jarvis
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I was initially drawn to The Pelican Bride by its beautiful cover, which promises romance - but it is so much more! Rich with fascinating historical detail about a place and time I've never read about, there's also good characterization, adventure, and romance. The first hundred pages or so might move a little slowly for some, but I enjoyed the historical aspect and was able to get the characters straight before the plot really took off.
Brooke Barenfanger
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed The Pelican Bride. Mostly for the historical aspects of the story. The amount of research put into this novel is remarkable. The vocabulary in this book was extensive and impressive. I discovered a few French words that I didn’t know were part of the English language. I think my favorite part of the book was learning new words. However, that’s just me. Not everybody may enjoy that
Genevieve and Tristan—the main characters—were well-developed and easy to like. However, I found my
Rambling Readers
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
"Pelican Bride" brims with historical details surrounding a lesser covered era in history. Beth White places readers in the Gulf Coast, circa 1704. Tensions run high between the colonies, Native Americans, and various religious groups. There is no shortage of historical information or characters within the pages of "The Pelican Bride." The plot jumps right into the unsettled environs of the Gulf Coast, and there are a multitude of details and political figures for readers to absorb. White's thor ...more
ASC Book Reviews
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Great journey!!! From the beginning Beth grabbed me with her expressive writing. Then the humor also took hold. I REALLY enjoyed reading about the courageous and Faithful Genevieve. In fact the majority of the characters I loved. Even when Genevieve's baby sister turns out to be spoiled and selfish I grew to love her as she grows up and redeems her actions, I really would like to find out where she ends up. I really enjoyed the history in the story and I personally think that the details and i ...more
Kate Breslin
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Canadian traders, French and British soldiers, Mobile and Alabaman Native Americans—all battling to stake a claim in early 18th century Louisiana Territory. This is history I never knew, but Beth White does a wonderful job painting the scenes in the first of her Gulf Coast Chronicles series. I found myself immersed in story—about a wilderness full of hardship, gritty settlers, brutality, drama, romance, and intrigue as French Huguenot Genevieve Gaillain carries a secret to this new land, one she ...more
Rea K
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, mine
I bought the third in this series the other week, so I figured that I might as well buy the first and second ones and read a series in order for once (unlike the Hawthorne House series where I read the last two first). And it's not like I didn't want to read this one ever. At some point it made it into my "meh-college-years" list so it obviously was on one of my shelves.
After reading, I glanced through some of the reviews and was amused. This was one of the cleaner books I've read. TRUST ME HER
3.5 out of 5 stars

In many ways this was a really fine novel. It was very well written, and the history comes alive. It's an interesting period in American history - the French settlement of Louisiana and Alabama at the turn of the 18th Century. The author tells a good story, and the characters have depth, and are well developed, both French settlers and Native Americans. And the author juggles a large cast of characters with ease. The politics that encompassed the French, Spanish, British, and I
One of my favorite time periods!

Better yet, it was an unusual setting, I haven't read many books placed here. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed the author's style. I will be reading the next in the series!
Apr 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Quarantine book #? DNF. I wanted to like this. I kept trying for a long time. It is so poorly written. There were so many characters introduced with absolutely no explanation of who they are it felt like I was reading book #2 of a series. At another time I might have persisted but right now I need something enjoyable to read. Giving up and moving on.
Jeri Stofa
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
It was an easy interesting read, taking place in the early 1700's in French Lousiana
Lisa Johnson
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Pelican Bride (Gulf Coast Chronicles #1)
Author: Beth White
Pages: 348
Year: 2014
Publisher: Revell
I thought, based on the picture on the cover of the book, which this was going to be a light, fluffy romance. I couldn’t have been more wrong! There was nothing light or fluffy in the book with the exception of the pastries. This story is set in 1704 in what eventually will become the area of Louisiana and Alabama. The French are trying to establish a thriving colony, but the humidity, mosqu
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
In this twenty-first century world of ours it is hard to imagine crossing an ocean to marry someone we've never met and live in a place we know nothing about. The teenage girls known as the Pelican Brides did just that. Many of them came to escape poverty or persecution in France. The journey to what is now Mobile, Alabama took three months and many didn't even make it to Louisiane. Once there they were met with conditions that were not as promised. The men they had to choose from were not exact ...more
Sarah's Bookstack
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Vera Godley
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting period of history for a novel. The Gulf Coast Chronicles promised history and it promised that of a region I am unfamiliar with historically or currently. I am a bit of a history buff yet did not know much about the area's history. I knew that a group of French Canadians emigrated to the Gulf Coast to escape persecution in Canada. It is also presumptive to assume that English and Spanish were contenders for the territory. And of course, there were the Native Americans – I ...more
Maureen Timerman
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Like people through the ages, Frenchwoman, Geneviéve Gaillain has come to the Louisiana Colony more or less for religious freedom. Her father was murdered for his Huguenot Christian Faith, and Geneviéve was imprisoned for also shooting and killing a guard who was taking her father.
Escaping France and going to the colonies had to be a very brave thing for a young woman, she escaped prison with the help of a Priest and traveled to King Louis’s colony. She is also responsible for her younger sister
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I saw this book on a friend's list, rated very highly, and thought I would check it out. This is the first book in a series, and I won't be reading the others.

It wasn't all bad. The author has clearly done her homework on the Louisiana Territory, and lets us see important characters like Bienville and Iberville doing the very ugly work of establishing a foothold in what was then called New France. The details are based on primary source documents like correspondence, ledgers, etc., and really co
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Beth White teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl.

A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two--so fa

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