The Creole Princess

Written by Beth White
Review by Elizabeth Knowles

Mobile, Alabama, 1776. Young Creole beauty Lyse Lanier meets handsome, foppish, Rafe Gonzalez. Rafe is Spanish, at a time when Spain’s political position in the American colonies is unclear. Lyse and her family are culturally French, but Alabama is under British control. Lyse’s relatives include those who are partly African and those who are partly Native American. Some are slave and some are free. These diverse elements combine to form a story filled with suspense and danger.

This is an inspirational book, and both Rafe and Lyse turn to their religion as perils loom. The pair grows and matures throughout the story, discovering where their true loyalties lie, and that freedom – whether a country’s or a person’s – is priceless.

There is a trite opening scene, but the book soon builds to a fast pace and a thick plot. It sheds light on a part of the American Revolution that is usually eclipsed by events in the northeastern states. Depictions of Creole, Spanish, and slave culture are fascinating in this stand-alone, second book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles.