Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Magnolia Duchess

Devastated at the news of her brother's capture by the British during the War of 1812, Fiona Lanier goes riding along the beach of Navy Cove and comes upon a half-drowned young man.  While Charlie Kincaid may not remember how or why he has washed up along the Alabama coast, Fiona recognizes him as a lieutenant in the British Navy whom met years before in Scotland.  As the war rages around them, and Charlie's memory gradually returns, how will each balance their patriotism with the love that has grown between them?

In The Magnolia Duchess, Beth White paints a vivid picture of life along the Gulf Coast in 1814.  The complex and culturally diverse history of the region during a time not often explored in fiction makes for a page-turning adventure.  From pirates and patriots to earls and admirals, White's third novel in her Gulf Coast Chronicles doesn't disappoint.

Both Fiona's and Charlie's struggles are believable and thought-provoking, and their love story truly captivating.  Unfortunately,  White also spends an unnecessary amount of time exploring auxiliary love stories among several minor characters.  These plot lines tend to be simultaneously distracting and annoying.  Despite this, and some pacing issues, The Magnolia Duchess takes readers on a fascinating historical journey.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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