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The Pelican Bride

She’s Come to the New World In Hopes of a Secure Future—But the Past Is Not Done with Her Yet


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 Chronicles #1


"A lush and highly detailed historical setting sets an atmospheric tone for this tale of love and life in New France. The well-researched story of the Pelican Girls, so named for the ship that brought them, is an unembellished look at a slice of the human experience not often told. Recommended for fans of historical fiction.” — New Library Journal


"A fascinating and little-explored historical setting peopled with strongly defined characters and no lack of romance makes an intriguing start for White’s new series." — Christian Booksellers Association


"New France comes alive thanks to intricate detail..." Publishers Weekly


"Returning cruelty for cruelty is just a part of the reality of relations between European settlers and Native Americans in the brutal New World of 1704, captured with distinct detail in this fast-paced romantic adventure. Genevieve’s adherence to her faith in spite of the horror in her young life, and her influence on Tristan’s choice to truly believe, lead to a joyful ending in this series starter." **** 1/2 Romantic Times

These photographs were taken on a trip to Alabama's historic French Fort Toulouse, near Wetumpka. Reenactment of French and Indian Days...

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