THE PELICAN BRIDE
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.
Orphaned and imprisoned, Genevieve and her younger sister, Aimee, manage to flee the persecution in France with the prospect of husbands and freedom in Louisiana, only to discover a wild and politically unbalanced colony where no one is secure. Tristan Lanier has guarded his heart since the brutal murder of his Native American wife, but continued interactions with Genevieve lead him to reconsider his chosen independence from love and God. (REVELL, Apr., 368 pp., $14.99)