The Magnolia Duchess

A Novel

series: Gulf Coast Chronicles

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As the War of 1812 rages across the newly formed United States, another war rages in Fiona Lanier's heart--one that threatens to tear her family apart.

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 telling the truth.
As Charlie's memory returns in agonizing jags and crashes, he and Fiona discover that falling in love may be as inevitable as the tide. But when political allegiances collide, they'll each have to decide where their true loyalty lies.

What critics are saying about the Gulf Coast Chronicles

"Duplicity, danger, political intrigue, and adventure."--Booklist on The Pelican Bride

"New France comes alive thanks to intricate detail."--Publishers Weekly on The Pelican Bride

"The brutal New World [is] captured with distinct detail in this fast-paced romantic adventure."--RT Book Reviews on The Pelican Bride

Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride and The Creole Princess. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. Learn more at

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  1. Beth White
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    Beth White

    Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of A Rebel Heart and A Reluctant Belle, as well as the...

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Praise for The Pelican Bride

"Rich in historical detail. . . . 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."--CBA Retailers + Resources

"White's carefully researched story, set in what would become Mobile, Alabama, is filled with duplicity, danger, political intrigue, and adventure."--Booklist, starred review

"With a fast-paced plot full of dynamic characters inspired by the real settlers of the Gulf Coast, . . . White has fashioned a richly layered and engrossing tale."--Historical Novel Society

"Fresh as a gulf breeze, The Pelican Bride is the perfect pairing of history and romance. Finely tuned characters and a setting second to none make this a remarkable, memorable story. Beth White's foray into colonial Louisiana is historical romance of the highest quality."--Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre

"Not your usual setting, not your usual historical romance--The Pelican Bride breaks new ground in the historical genre. Choosing to write a story set in the French colony that became Mobile, Alabama, draws the reader into a new and exciting period. A winning beginning to a new historical series."--Lyn Cote, author of The Wilderness Brides series

Praise for
The Creole Princess

"The second entry in White's Southern historical series (after The Pelican Bride) combines a lushly portrayed, exotic setting with an in-depth portrait of the complex mix of cultures, races, and divided loyalties that defined Gulf Coast residents in the eighteenth century. With its focus on a little known aspect of the American Revolution, this novel will also provide plenty to discuss for history book clubs."--Library Journal

"Lyse and Rafael have an instant rapport that will keep readers interested. White skillfully includes thoughtful questions and concerns about Christian approval of slavery, along with difficulties presented when politics threaten to tear families apart, without turning a charming story into a history lesson."--RT Book Reviews, 4 stars