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The Magnolia Duchess

(Gulf Coast Chronicles #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Fiona can scarcely take in the news of her brother's capture and imprisonment by the British Navy. It is almost as unbelievable as the half-drowned British sailor who is washed ashore on the beach of Navy Cove.

Charlie Kincaid claims to have no memory of his life before being discovered by Fiona, but in a world that seems saturated with treachery, she cannot be sure he is
Paperback, 347 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Revell (first published 2016)
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3.5 stars
It isn't often that you come across stories about the Gulf and the conflict of 1812. I really appreciated all the research that went into the story and made it feel so authentic, and I loved the good family relationships in this one. (While not all family members are great, they stick together through thick and thin and are willing to do whatever it takes for each other.) I spotted a few anachronistic phrases ("her stitches were so even it looked as though they had been done by machine;
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Magnolia Duchess is book three in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series, however, it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. Having read the first two books in the series, I enjoyed returning to some of the same places again and seeing a few familiar faces as I read this story.

I enjoyed this historical romance novel and the fact that there were actually two romances going on in the book. The main one between Charlie and Fiona was fraught with confusion, distrust, and some heartbreak as well. I
The Magnolia Duchess is the third, and perhaps last, book in the GULF COAST CHRONICLES by Beth White. For the most part, I quite enjoyed this light, fresh historical story, and gave it a 3.5 star rating.

As the War of 1812 goes on, Fiona Lanier struggles between loyalty to her brothers and country, and love for a secretive man who has stolen her heart. Passions are high, and danger and adventure abound ... Fiona, Charlie, Sehoy, and Maddie will have to search deep for the right thing to do in the
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This was my least favorite in the Gulf Coast Chronicles. I still believe Beth White is an excellent story teller for history fans; I just felt the love and the longings and the emotions overshadowed the story for me. I just kept reading hoping for some of it to even out and for me it was just too much; and quite early on in the beginning also. What I have appreciated in White's writing is her use of multiple story-lines. I'm sure I will pick up another read by this author! ...more
Fiona Lanier is out on the beach when she receives word that her twin brother has been imprisoned by the British. Her family builds ships for the Americans during the War of 1812. Shortly after receiving the news of her brother, she stumbles across a man washed up on the beach. She recognizes him as Charlie Kincaid. Charlie has been undercover for the past six months. When he awakens on a beach with no memory, he can only trust what his beautiful rescuer says about him. But as his memories begin ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, hardcopy

They say to never judge a book by its cover. And this is why. Though the cover is lovely, this book is so much more than lovely.

It was such a perfect blend of heaping doses of history, adventure, realistic, relatable characters, challenges and growth in faith, and love that I couldn't put it down. And felt the urge to read it all over again, immediately upon finishing it, savoring rather than devouring, this time.

The history was clearly painstakingly researched, and the effect was that you
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this read! I can totally relate to Fiona. I grew up loving the freedom of being outdoors...and I had three brothers with whom to enjoy outdoor activities. The main and secondary characters are well done in this read, and because I so connected with Fiona, I think this might be my favorite in this series, though it's hard to choose!

I love that we continue to get to know this family. The history in this book is once again enlightening and compelling! There are so many sides to the
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own-a-copy, alabama
The Magnolia Dutchess is number three in The Gulf Coast Chronicles. I loved book one, The Pelican Bride. Book two, The Creole Princess, was enjoyable but something was missing for me but I couldn't put my finger on it. In this book I knew exactly what bothered me in book two because it was the same in book three. First let me say the setting was very well done and I enjoyed it because I live on the Gulf Coast and it was nice to read about places I know and have been to. The time period was great ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy. I did't like the second or third books as well. The third book was a DNF for me. The writing was fine I just didn't connect with any of the characters. ...more
Cynthia Marcano
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
What I Loved...
Fiona Lanier is a fun heroine to read. Unpredictable and often unladylike, Fiona brings this story to life in the midst of American History turmoil.

Character Charlie Kincaid isn't far behind. He isn't your typical hero and often times I wanted to strangle him but only because I cared about him as a character. Strange, I know.

Like the other books in this series, I love the interracial relationships throughout this book and the series. Especially that race wasn't always an obstacle
Reet Champion
Fiona Lanier's family is no friend to the British. With her very own brother locked up as a prisoner-of-war who could blame them? When a childhood acquaintance washes up, literally, on local shores Fiona determines to hide his nationality. Conveniently easy as it is since he has no recollection of who he is, where he's at, or even who Fiona is. But as time goes by it becomes a little more difficult and if they don't tread carefully the unlikely duo will be forced to confront reality.

Soooooo, I a
Prairie Sky Book Reviews
Sometimes you just don’t connect with a book in any way, shape, or form. Unfortunately, this was the case for me with Beth White’s third book in the historical “Gulf Coast Chronicles” series published by Revell, and entitled “The Magnolia Duchess”. Perhaps it was the confusing combat scenes... Maybe it was because the characters were, to put it bluntly, unlikable and annoying... Possibly the entire story being absurd and unbelievable played a big part... But in any case, I DID NOT enjoy this sto ...more
Sarah's Bookstack
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Magnolia Duchess

I loved this book so much! The Magnolia Duchess is the third book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles series. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading the second book because a lot of the characters appear again. The story is about a young girl, Fiona Lanier, during the Revolutionary War. Fiona has an amazing and courageous personality. She rescues a young man she once met, Charlie Kincaid. As he is recovering from his injury, their friendship grows,
Sharon Paavola
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book that continues the story of the Lanier family in the new France in America. I enjoyed the previous books in this Gulf Coast Chronicles series, The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. This one has as much adventure and intrigue as the other two. I loved the history involved and also the plot that moved within it. Fiona Lanier riding alone along the beach finds a man, Charlie Kincaid who has washed ashore. He has lost his memory but she hasn't. She remembers him from her youn ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE MAGNOLIA DUCHESS is a brilliantly written story set in 1812. This is a time period I don't read much about, and to be honest, I don't know much about this war. Fiona is raising horses for sale, they are highly trained and valued by the military. While upset about something, Fiona goes for a ride by the sea and finds a body washed up on shore . The man is drowned, but she remembers a brother mentioning something about CPR and she did what she remembered him saying and saved the man's life. Th ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Fiona Lanier and her shipbuilding family are building American ships for the War of 1812. She is the only woman in the tiny settlement of Navy Cove. While training her horses one day, Fiona comes across a body on the beach. She discovers its a family friend but, who is also on the other side of the war.

Lieutenant Charlie Kincaid has been undercover gathering information on a planned British attack on New Orleans. A summer storm wrecks his boat and causes Charlie overboard. He wakes up with a hea
Kasey Cocoa
The writing is solid and well edited. That said, the content did not provide an exciting, or even thrilling, read. It sorta feels flat and tends to allow the mind to wander to other, more interesting, topics. It took several starts and restarts to get through the book, not to say it wasn't a good read, it just didn't provide that hook to pull me in. The characters were unique and well-constructed, even with character development along the way, but they lacked that special something that makes yo ...more
Karen Hadley
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beth White's book are very good. I love the camaraderie but also the loyalty between Charlie, British and Fiona, American. During the war of 1812, will these two be able to get through the world and reunite after meeting? I love the drama as well as the humor and of course the romance. I cheered for Fiona who can't just sit around and as the war ravaging on and she finds herself deep within to take care of the horses she has raised. Protected and doted upon my her brothers and family will she ev ...more
Chelsea Joyce
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book three was the best yet in the gulf coast chronicles, the time span between the second and third book was generous enough so that we had a new cast of characters but no so vast that we didn't get to see how the past generation was doing/ what their life was like after the end of book 2. Interesting historical fiction that included many real life figures from that time frame, lessons learned in school about this time in American history usually focus farther east so it was an interesting glim ...more
Tiffany Broome
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing melding of facts and fictitious romance

I loved this book--and series! I am originally from Mobile, so these books take me home! I loved knowing exactly what areas where discussed, and I even learned a few things I never knew growing up on the coast! I definitely recommend this book, and the Gulf Coast Chronicles, to anyone interested in historic fiction, Christian romance, or just early coastal history! I hope there are more books to come in this series!
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this series set in the South. Fiona and Charlie were on two different side for the War of Independence. Their roller coaster journey was filled with a range of emotions. To constantly have their paths cross but never get to touch was heartbreaking. Their love was so strong as well as their faith that at the end of the war it would work out some how.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was not sure how I would like this story - I just knew the cover was appealing, and knew that Fiona and Charlie were on different sides in the War of 1812. It turns out that this is a very appealing way to learn history, with a good tale! Fiona finds Charlie washed up on the shore, with no memory...
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I enjoyed the way each book related to the other books in the series I had difficulty putting the book down, because I just had to know how things were working out. Another record time of reading. And finishing a book.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
There is a flat emotionless feeling to this story and I think it is because I can't relate to the characters which usually means they aren't developed enough. My favorite genre is historical fiction so I usually give a lot of leeway when rating a story but in this case...nothing worked for me. ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
WAY too many characters. Impossible to keep track of all of them. I picked up the book for the plot described in the summary of the book, and I still want to read it, but I just cannot-I repeat-cannot bring myself to finish this book. Big disappointment.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. This is a book you have to pay close attention to to keep up with what is going on and all the names. I did not fully appreciate this book until the end when I read the "Reader Note". ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Ms. White skillfully crafts historical facts into a compelling drama. The intrigue and romance kept me engaged throughout the entire book. I highly recommend this book.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good. Clear gospel and fascinating history around the Battle of New Orleans (1814)
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
What beautiful ending! I love how everything just fit together so perfectly in the end. My favourite character would have to be Charlie:) he’s the best. Thank you for a wonderful read Beth White.
Janice Tolifson
Takes place in New Orleans during the war of 1812.Easy read.
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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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