It's the Gulf Coast and war. Sneaky Spain is up to things and Lyse is from "mixed blood". Slavery and freedom issues are in play. Religious denominations that conflict are part of the things Lyse has to deal with as well as those who are poor vs. those with wealth. Those who have educations and those who do not. Spirited but sweet, this young woman has a lot going on.
Don Rafael Maria Gonzales de Ripparda, Rafe for short with a huge name like that, has caught Lyse's eye. But with spys afoot, who can you really trust?
This story covers so much! I have touched on some of the main topics, and it covers many years. It is well written, and I am so glad I was able to read this second book in this series! It also has a really attractive cover!
My copy came from Revell in exchange for my honest review and nothing more.
From the Back Cover: Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.
It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter–though no less deadly.
Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?
With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.
Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one--so far. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but...